HOW CAN WE SAVE LIVES AND FREE THE HOSTAGES OF WORKERS’ COMPENSATION?
It’s a bit like Hotel FB and any of the alphabet agencies, wouldn’t you agree?
Here, take a self guided tour through the global Injured Worker social media ghettos, kamps, pages, groups and event. Click and scroll. Just read some of the group names, members, public or closed. The links BELOW will take you directly to groups, events or pages in Facebook-land.
Future blogs will go deeper, and highlight some of the more prominent groups, pages, videos and profiles. Even a cursory view of these links will prevent you from ever saying again, “OMG, WE DID NOT KNOW!” That’s how the American Workers Compensation National Discussion seemed to deal with the Injured Worker Petition with nearly 6,000 signatures. See the link and the blog about it here. Did those industry bloggers call that ‘HYPERBOLE’ also?
Many of you are familiar with the 2015 excellent investigative reports of INSULT TO INJURY: THE DEMOLITION OF WORKERS COMPENSATION that was a collective effort of ProPublica and NPR, and most likely countless others. They detonated several ‘bombs’ on the battlefield of Workers Compensation Profiteers and Injured and Disabled Survivors of Workers Compensation, exposing many of the widely known, but not widely discussed dirty OPEN SECRETS of the mega billion dollar industry.
HOW CAN WE SAVE LIVES AND FREE THE HOSTAGES OF WORKERS’ COMPENSATION?
It is our hope, collectively, that an encore and intense follow up is building for the continued reporting on progress with The Demolition of Workers’ Compensation and exposure of the Insult to Injury patterns of practice. It is our hope that the investigations will continue to include a wider range of improprieties and probably serious crimes that include members of the Social Security Administration.
It is further hoped that the ongoing investigations incite CEASE FIRE upon Injured Workers, while TRIAGE TEAMS of smart attorneys, skilled in negotiations for resolutions vs file churning, and neutral outside mediators, and structured settlement teams convene to bring thousands, if not millions, of Workers Compensation cases to immediate resolution.
This may also serve to free the Injured Workers who are clear hostages and victims of this diabolical organized system of PROFITS BEFORE LIVES, functioning under a Cloak of Arrogance, Psychopath, Secrecy, Obfuscation of Facts, and relies heavily on general apathy and the “7 National Crimes.”
HOW CAN WE SAVE LIVES AND FREE THE HOSTAGES OF WORKERS’ COMPENSATION?
If you know of other active Injured Worker blogs, Emancipated or Not, please do let us know. Email me at WorkCompLinda@gmail.com or leave the links in comments below.
We’ll discuss the “22 Top Industry Bloggers” and how to deal with them, in a future issue of this blog. Watch for it.
“Without a blog and a growing database, Injured Workers are Unarmed and Unprotected in the Global War On Workers.”
If you have a blog of any value to thinking people, industry or injured workers, please leave the title and link in the comment section of this blog and kindly comment on topic there, or send directly to WorkCompLinda@gmail.com for possible inclusion in a future blog.
‘Give a few thoughts on how you would have gone about re-imagining and executing a project we did last year about the demolition of worker’s comp protections around the country. How could we connect to the people actually impacted by the story, and how could they have contributed to the project? ‘
The results will be compiled thought the end of the year and shared in future blogs, and forwarded to ProPublica’s new Engagement Manager and to Paul Steiger, Executive Chairman of ProPublica’s Board of Directors.
MEANWHILE, THERE’S STILL TIME TO APPLY FOR THE PRO PUBLICA ACTUAL NEWLY CREATED POSITION. See below for links. PRO PUBLICA IS HIRING AN ENGAGEMENT REPORTER…. GOOGLE IT!
If you’re an injured worker with a blog, you might find some inspiration for your blog with the questions presented in What’s Your WorkComp Story. Feel free to submit your story, that will be compiled and shared ANONYMOUSLY in the foreseeable future, with or without help from an editor and epublishing expert. It might just become a free-pdf, we’ll see how it evolves. Content over Form is more important.
Efforts to retain an editor to help with anonymous story assembly failed, as the party simply could not fathom and connect the dots of the atrocities being committed.
The typical propagandized public opinion prevailed, and convoluted the otherwise robust thought processes to only portray Injured Workers as helpless, hopeless victims. This caused recommendations that were not suitable for creating a MOVEMENT TO FREE THE WORK COMP HOSTAGES, or even more simply, help Injured Workers ESCAPE from WorkComp, one person and one mediation and fair and reasonable structured settlement and negotiation at a time.
Is all of that the kind of work you want to do? Here’s what we’re looking for:
A track record of organizing communities and audiences, especially in a journalistic context.
Journalism experience itself, especially involving stories that shed light on injustices or covering marginalized communities.
Ability to listen for signals from the community and smartly apply them to the project.
Experience using the various tools of the social web, such as surveys or forms for sourcing, texting or messaging platforms.
Experience with social and website metrics, since you will be in charge of analyzing what’s working, what’s not, and what we should differently next time.
Does this sound like a new job to you? That’s because it is. Part of what we’re looking for is somebody who is excited about helping us build it.
Please upload a single file that includes: Why your experience gives you the skills and insight to be our engagement reporter; examples of your work that fits with what you’re talking about (please include a description about your role and the thoughts behind each project); finally, give us a few thoughts on how you would have gone about re-imagining and executing a project we did last year about the demolition of worker’s comp protections around the country. How could we connect to the people actually impacted by the story, and how could they have contributed to the project? *
“How could we connect to the people actually impacted by the story, and how could they have contributed to the project? ” – ProPublica
“Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”
“Assignment: Give us a few thoughts on how you would have gone about re-imagining and executing a project we did last year about the demolition of worker’s comp protections around the country. Again, how could we have connected to the people actually impacted by the story, and how could they have contributed to the project?”
“Here’s that [AWARD WINNING AND INDUSTRY SHAKING] investigation:
“We are hiring an engagement reporter to work on investigative projects in collaboration with traditional reporters throughout the full life-cycle of projects. That means you’ll be involved from the very beginning of story conception to think about what communities and audiences we need to reach and how we reach them, all the way through to story publication and beyond. You’ll help find and reach an audience for the story, and most importantly you’ll be responsible for conceiving and executing a plan to pull our readers into the reporting of the story itself….”
“…So what exactly are we talking about? Take a look at a project we’ve been doing about Vietnam vets exposed to Agent Orange. [*] Unlike traditional investigations, we didn’t start with a story. We announced that we were doing an investigation with a callout to the community. We asked vets to tell us their stories, and we’ve now heard from more than 5,800 of them. This community has fueled our reporting, and it’s already getting results.”
“We also plan to do more projects where we work openly with and help foster communities of journalists.”
Encore time for #WorkersCompensation continued investigations of further INSULTS TO INJURIES and The Demolition of Workers’ Comp, including what happens post settlement … to 8.9 million Americans on #SSA disability…? And who knows how many millions denied SSA disability –more than 40 million more?
SIDE BAR: And why would a congressional representative suggest taking constituent complaints to legal aid vs DOJ and fail to get involved and get straight answers to a simply inquiry for a statement of income used by SSA to mis-calculate retro-active pay benefits for over 15 months, with wildly fluctuating misrepresentation of monies due vs overpaid from an initial award amount of $25,591 to false allegations of overpayments calculated multiple times, ranging from the first being $27,078.00 sliding down to low $20k’s, to $11,767, then $9,964, then $5,555.10, then $22,869, then $21,066.20 ad infinitum.
Multiple Illegal interruptions and further threats of interruptions of benefits during “appeals” process were corrected, but the benefits due, when paid from arrears, WE ALSO THEN ADDED TO THE MIS-CALCULATION AMOUNT OF OVER-PAYMENT. Figure that one out. Do they drug test at SSA?
Those SSA miscalculations also subject the Injured Worker to litigation from the Long Term Disability carrier, based on the initial retro-pay award, with the LTD demands for repayment of approximately $22,000, which they boast “the Courts routinely find in our favor.” All these crazy numbers are based on SSA falsely stating that income from date of injury paid by the WC carrier was $4,177.00 —- They won’t prove it and they simply ignore repeatedly provided evidence of the actual WC and EDD payments. MAGIC MATH– SSA MAKES THINGS UP WITH YOUR TAX DOLLARS….
The refusal of SSA to even provide such information in a Congressional inquiry is very suspicious, and the months and months of clear obfuscation of facts and obstruction of justice are really sad, wouldn’t you agree? This is another known national dilemma, scandal and shame…!! SSA was called out for paying Nazi War criminals over 20 million dollars, illegally, last year. Apparently, their practices of MAGIC MATH, with a splash of ‘abracadabra’ with facts and evidence, are known to most anybody touched by THAT system.
Word from the Ten Congressional Representatives who signed the October 2015 letter is hopefully anticipated soon, as they each received a copy of case evidence in the issue references above. Acting SSA Commissioner has also received a complete package, and certain Media influencers have also been provided with copies of same. It’s been less than 30 days… Word is expected soon. Hopefully, a good word of correction and accuracy so that piece can be settled and closed. [See earlier blogs for more details if SSA is on your bucket list of fixes needed.]
Another Injured Worker recently connected with an apparently “similar story” that has been being fought for over 12 years.
“SOMETHING IS TERRIBLY WRONG WITH THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION – ISN’T IT?”
O SAY CAN YOU SEE, #AMERICANS?!?
AUSTRALIANS, CANADIAN, UK and other INJURED WORKERS FACE VERY SIMILAR LIFE-THREATENING and DESTROYING INSULTS AND INJURIES that Americans face with the current Workers’ Compensation and Disability mega billion dollar PROFITS BEFORE LIVES systems, agencies and carriers….WITHOUT REPRESENTATION by enough elected officials.
How about investigations into the plights and gruesome illness and death of America’s #Nuclear Workers? Relate them to the plights and gruesome illness and deaths, with quite little ‘plausible deniability,’ of Fukushima’s nuclear workers and relate that to the issues of Your Radiation This Week, Americans. “Radiation in the US Soars”
In addition to the 10 Congressional representatives who signed the letter of October 2015, incited by INSULT TO INJURY investigative reports to the Department of Labor about the state of Workers’ Compensation and the offer to provide law enforcement and protection, if needed, was quite a gift to the American people, but follow up is absolutely required.
There is also a small group of Congressional representatives who are also concerned and outraged about the treatment of sick Nuclear Workers in the USA, and denials of medical care and benefits. Time to get these Congressional representatives talking together and working with one another, and also taking some hard looks into the Social Security Administrations mis-handling of millions of claims and dollars, causing further egregious harm to America’s class.
SHARE THE JOB POST WITH YOUR SMART #FRIENDS, #NEIGHBORS, #VETERANS, #TBI SURVIVORS, #WORKcomp SURVIVORS AND #SSA MALFEASANCE SURVIVORS …..and others ITK about #FUKUSHIMA, #YOUR RADIATION THIS WEEK, ELE etc.
MAKE SURE THEY HAVE A POOL OF LEGIT TRUTH SEEKERS TO DRAW FROM….
Remember Remember… “Without a blog and a growing database, Injured Workers are Unarmed and Unprotected in the War on Workers.”
For a little more perspective from and about some citizens IMPACTED by the need for The Demolition of Workers’ Compensation:
Ask About Workers Comp Gravy Trains– list of posts since Summer 2013 [update: The parties in the initial WorkComp case “reached resolution subject to confidentiality agreement” in less than 5 years, without benefit of competent legal counsel and other significant obstacles, by winter 2015. The blog now addresses more national and international issues, and is not case-specific.
My WorkComp Coach is a natural result of an in pro per/in pro se (unrepresented) Injured Worker Survivor’s need to GIVE BACK to the Injured Worker Community to share strategies and tactics to survive and escape the WorkComp system of PROFITS BEFORE LIVES.
Personal rebranding efforts are somewhat hindered by the magnitude and reach of the insurance industry propaganda machinery, and it’s approximately “Top 22 Blogger” mouth-pieces skewing public opinions in further efforts to protect profits and recover from the initial investigative reports by ProPublica and NPR.
“Something is terribly wrong with Worker’s Compensation – isn’t it?”
I would love to apply for the position at ProPublica, but alas, as a Survivor of Workers’ Compensation, the doctors say I can never work again, due to the challenges of the traumatic brain injury sustained at work in 2012, same year as Hillary. I study online business and education practices in hopes to prove those doctors wrong!!! So far, not so good, but I keep trying! My, what a difference private doctors vs. workcomp doctors can make in recovery outcomes, huh?
How many injured American workers may have had better and faster outcomes if WorkComp did not exist, but employee benefits with a State disability as ‘first responders’ was employed as a first line of defense against permanent disabilities, and having WorkComp insurance as a secondary insurer, in the event of catastrophic and irreparable injuries?? WorkComp is NOT an employee benefit. ANYWHERE.
My blogging is a public service activity. I can do more a la Arianna Huffington’s ideas that include the importance of NAPPING AT WORK.
(Arianna didn’t really say that Three Mile Island and Chernobyl Nuclear Disasters were due to ‘sleep deprivation’ as I read in Success magazine, did she? “Fatigue –related.” [WTH!!!]
“Mar 10, 2015 – It’s fitting, then, that Arianna Huffington’s latest book is a discourse on achievement and health. … and the nuclear accidents at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl? … According to Harvard Medical School, sleep deprivation costs U.S. … Time magazine had just named her one of the 100 most influential people …”
“…What we overlook is the staggering toll all that nonstop hustle takes on us. That commuter train derailment that killed four and injured more than 60 outside New York City in 2013? It was caused by an engineer who nodded off at the wheel. The Exxon Valdez oil spill, the Challenger space shuttle disaster, and the nuclear accidents at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl? All fatigue-related…”
Heck, if Hillary can run for President with suspected Brain Injury, Radiation poisoning and Seizures, maybe I actually could apply for the ProPublica Engagement Reporter position…. if they could make an ADA accommodation and let me be of some help …. VIRTUALLY, FROM THE LEFT COAST…. High Desert, anyway.
I would love to see continuing investigations into the national hyper-corruption issues of Workers Compensation. 2015 reports were stellar, but just the tip of the iceberg. More importantly is to find ways to get people quickly out of the system, and on to real doctors and medical care, healing and recovery and the path to return to work.
I would also love to some immediate investigations of the appearance of serious mis-deeds by the Social Security Administration when it comes to benefits for Injured Workers. In most cases, MAKING STUFF UP and refusing to correct errors in income calculations, in order to deny benefits to injured workers and deploy profits to who knows whom, is generally referred to with the f-word. FRAUD and MALFEASANCE. Injured Workers call it “MAGIC MATH” of Social Security; SSA workers call it ‘too confusing and hard’ and apparently Congressional Representatives call it ‘too hot to touch.’ Hmmmmm.
I would would also like to see that small group of “22 Top Bloggers” held accountable for speaking the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. If a CIVIL RIGHTS AND HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION is required to facilitate that, then, Congress knows what they must do.
MEANWHILE, A VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE FACEBOOK INJURED WORKER KAMPS AND GHETTOS is being organized for the LinkedIn interested parties, and other parties apparently not in the know about the atrocities of America’s WorkComp programs. Watch for it. It was derailed temporarily while some Injured Workers were under national ‘attack’ by some industry spokes people starting in May. It seems to have simmered down, or is in another calm before another storm.
Maybe I COULD provide some ideas to the ProPublica team as they come together? Maybe they will just read my blogs and get some ideas; a few industry training department people have been regular views on LinkedIn and a few are subscribers. ‘STREET TALK’ they prefer to call hyperbole or ‘angry injured workers with an ax to grind’ rather than deal with the harsh realities of a predatory and dangerous system politely called WORKERS COMPENSATION.
I’m getting a little professional help to update and “rebrand” to better represent “The New Me” [post TBI] my social media presence, so, we’ll see what happens between now and the deadline, SEPTEMBER 5, 2016 — LABOR DAY IN THE USA.
“These cases, though, are real. There are real people behind these cases. People get hurt. People get toyed with. People don’t get what is needed, what is promised in the Grand Bargain, and set aside as disturbed and having unrealistic expectations.
Some contact me because of this blog, seeking answers, help and remedies.
I have met some – like Linda Ayers. I won’t get into Linda’s case here – that’s not the point.
Linda is vocal, like a few other injured workers. She has a blog, she is active in social media, she posts comments to this blog.
And she probably drives the defense crazy as she is prolifically passionate about making sure the system works for her and for other injured workers.
It’s easy to dismiss Linda’s activities as the rantings of an unstable person, but she is not an unstable person. She is a person who’s case spiraled out of control from the beginning, and we know that the early stages of a claim are the most critical…”
In 2015, at the commencement of the national diatribes attacking Injured Workers, in ASSUME RESPONSIBLITY by David, we were called “Vociferous Militants” and just complainers, amongst other choice words.
Draft one of that blog, ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY, actually was sent to me as a personal email, and it was not till a while later that I realized that many of the several little blue links linked directly to my little blogs! Was he really trying to tell YOU something by linking to MY BLOGS?
“However, there’s a vociferous militant minority of the injured worker population who have made it their mission to inform the world of the injustices imparted on them by “the system” and all its nefarious participants.
They have ridiculed most all work comp sectors named above, but have spared me for the most part. “
No apparent respect for the fact that I survived and that the parties in my personal case ‘reached resolution’ miraculously in less than 5 years, that even wrapped up with a nice ‘best wishes’ note from one of the defense attorneys involved. David’s death leaves a gap in the industry discussions about the Pro’s, Cons and WorkCompsters of the Industry. The fight for his role as ‘Top Dog’ is… pitiful to watch. David actually care about Injured Workers and let his readers know that, and he walked a very fine line. The other ‘top bloggers’ with just a very exceptions… not so much.
Earlier this year there was what appeared to be a full scale, organized national disparaging attack on a small segment of the vocal Injured Workers in the USA, very few who blog. It’s unclear who directed it, but Injured Workers have their suspicions. Industry peeps probably know for sure. The above blogs were included in several of the diatribes, directly and indirectly.
IF YOU KNOW SOME PEOPLE WHO MIGHT BE A PERFECT FIT FOR THAT PRO-PUBLICA POSITION, LET THEM KNOW. IT LOOKS LIKE IT’S IN NEW YORK CITY….. I lived there in a ‘former life’ on 72nd between Park and Madison, working as a secretary to a powerful … ‘real estate mogul.’
Leading experts on brain injury encourage TBI Survivors to ‘EMBRACE THE NEW YOU.’
How close is YOUR Home to a Nuclear Power Plant? This CNN interactive is not complete, and doesn’t include the dumps, but it will give you an idea of what you are reading about in YOUR RADIATION THIS WEEK, won’t it? Be sure to read the numbered “Notes and Sources” in #YRTW before you, like some of the paid industry-trolls, start whining that it’s too hard to understand and too confusing and doesn’t match their $200 baggie covered Geiger counter readings. D’oh!
Take a look at the 24-hour animation on Netc.com. The free version gives you plenty to watch and think about. Others who want more info, can easily and inexpensively access the members information. Watch it, if you live in the #USA. If you have friends in the #USA, also watch it, and read more about the radiation alarms in progress here. See EPA charts for additional information, and do the math. Beta + Gamma.
WATCH THIS, AT LEAST ONE SHORT CYCLE. YOU WERE WARNED.
“Something is terribly wrong with the anti-nuclear movement – isn’t it?”
The NETC.com animation may help you better comprehend the data shared in Your Radiation This Week and may encourage you to change your HEPA filters, kick off your shoes before you walk in doors and slip on less-contaminated indoor-shoes and take all other available precautions to #DodgeTheRads.
WE ARE THE MEDIA NOW — WE DO NOT…FORGET
#DodgeTheRads and Have A Nice Shortened Life-Span
Hey! Did you read this yet? Did you join the “Sedgwick Institute” on linked in yet? C’mon, let’s go! The May WorkComp National Discussions are about ready to begin. Here’s my take on it: https://lnkd.in/bR8785Y
What’s YOURS? I will check with Jonathan Mast to see if they will be having a Facebook “Sedgwick Institute” group, I think perhaps a “SI – VENTING ROOM” could prep more Injured Workers to join a mixed group. #TTFN
[In the meantime, we can use a FB public – group place holder at Occupy WorkComp to start organizing and blogging support]
Nobody seems to listen, therefore, THE ONLY HOPE FOR INJURED WORKERS IS TO DO WHATEVER IS NECESSARY TO GET OUT OF THE SYSTEM…… IMMEDIATELY!
Do you/did you have a lawyer who said things like, “Most all of my clients lose their jobs, their homes and more while waiting years for medical care” or ‘Yes, we know the horror stories. They are typical.’
Do you know doctors who said/say things like, ‘WorkComp stories are all the same. Different faces, names and body parts and diagnoses, but denied medical care and denied disability benefits and pain medications and horror stories prevail. That’s why I can no longer accept Injured Workers in my practice. I can’t and I won’t.’
LET’S ORGANIZE TEAMS IN EVERY STATE OF THIRD PARTY MEDIATORS AND STRUCTURED SETTLEMENT PEEPS! EACH ONE WARN ONE THOUSAND!
GET OUT GET OUT GET OUT!!!! “The WorkComp Survival and Virtual Combat Skills and Strategies” course in development aims to assist injured workers in just that because for most injured workers, their attorneys have ‘thrown them under the bus’ or ‘served them to the industry on a tarnished platter.’
LET THEM DISCUSS THAT AT THE UPCOMING SECRET TRIBUNALS UNDER THE BANNER OF ‘NATIONAL DISCUSSIONS ON WORKCOMP!’
A few injured workers have blogs, some have video channels, others have books and others are simply dying quietly waiting for medical care, disability benefits, and medications for pain and suffering caused by botched medical procedures.
Many Injured Workers have expressed devastating and incapacitating fear of retaliation for telling their stories. Therefore, we are rethinking compilation strategies and may tell the collected stories anonymously, first, leaving doors open for further input, to protect the victims of Amercia’s Workers Compensation systems.
Third party stories told by WorkComp industry workers, also afforded anonymity, would be welcome, providing another degree of protection for victimized injured workers. CAN YOU HELP? WILL YOU HELP? IF NOT YOU, THEN WHO? IF NOT NOW, THEN WHEN?
If our friends abroad want their stories told in America, we welcome you. Your Struggle is Our Struggle and as we #OccupyWorkComp, Virtually, WE SHALL OVERCOME!
It looks like the “Industry Experts” are busy busy busy with more conventions and more studies to the ‘puzzling, baffling, mysterious and perplexing’ concerns about why Injured Workers in the United States of America are being denied medical care and benefits, why they are becoming permanently disabled in increasing numbers, why costs continue to shift away from Insurance Carriers. The only lessons they are probably studying is damage control from the 2015 series, FROM INSULT TO INJURY about The Demolition of Workers Compensation! Google it and review the letter from Congress the investigative reported apparently incited! Go ProPublica and NPR!
While ‘medical costs’ allegedly continue to increase, these “costs” are not typically for medical treatment, but merely for medical evaluations with intent to continue to deny medical care ‘by any means necessary.’ Many injured workers see it as a simply complex ‘money laundering scheme’ that should be of interest to the Department of Justice peeps. Many injured workers scream RICO RICO RICO…
“GET OUT OF THE SYSTEM BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY TO SAVE YOUR LIFE!”
These problems are not unique to Americans. The Canadians are experiencing the same issues, with some of the same carriers and like-minded legislators and vendors. The Australians have the same issues.
A recent industry article mentioned the ‘value’ of surveillance of Injured Workers. Oh my, tell that to Mayor Betsy’s Police Force in Fort Worth….remember the lady cop who was none too happy about being under surveillance for filing a work comp claim? Has anyone seen an update on the seriously injured cop in ICU that had a nasty visit from ‘Nurse Ratchet’ of ‘Corvel’ that made national headlines?
Does California needs to implement video recordings immediately for all medical/legal events? Does every state need to immediately implement video recordings, or just send in the National Guard to protect Injured Workers?
On the issues of surveillance, video recordings of medical evaluations can save lives and careers. Remember the win for the First Amendment in the Dr. Rosalind Griffin perjury allegations? A brave and courageous personal injury attorney went to bat for the Constitution and for his client with a brain injury in Michigan! Steven Gursten, an American Hero!
Google it too! Here’s one criminal defense blog on the typical IME sequence of events (and yes, video recordings apparently protected the innocent!)
PS Continue to DodgeTheRads! #OccupyVirtually! Remember Remember that March is Brain Injury and Fukushima Awareness Month! Radiation poisoning compromises immune systems, and much much more! Got Brains? #DodgeTheRads!
There are just a handful of industry bloggers shaping public opinions, and a good 25 or so bloggers considered to be #ITK, in the know.
How many injured workers are blogging now? How many have written books? How many have a huge social media presence? How many attorneys and providers are blogging?
Did you read Steve Gursten’s blog about IME issues? (LINKS BELOW) Wow! That firestorm should incite 21st Century Doctor’s Trials! Watch the deposition video! You’ll shake and spit, for sure, if you’re human! Follow THAT money trail.
Dr. Rosalind was paid how much for doing what, saving which insurance carriers how many millions to deny medical care?? Yikes! Typical,huh? Ask any injured worker, any where.
Most attorneys know, but they are not as courageous as Attorney Gursten…. who facilitated a WIN FOR THE 1ST AMENDMENT and for We, The People!! Go Steve! TEACH TEACH TEACH!
Below is a response to an email from the group, Crimes Against Injured Workers, et al!
The number of injured workers still not blogging is a serious detriment to any forward movement. It is said that there are 54 million plus Injured and Disabled Workers in America?
To aim for a #CommitteeOfBloggers and #Vloggers of at least 50 Injured Workers and Friends of Injured Workers is an attainable 2016 goal. We can, if we think we can. JUST DO IT!
Expand your reach! #Blog4TheCure and encourage all injured workers to set up a new email address with WorkComp[Name]@gmail.com and or InjuredWorker[Name] @gmail.com or any email carrier…. make every email count! Build your email lists NoW! #OccupyVirtually!
Set up a blog today, too! Follow the industry blogs, and comment succinctly and regularly. CREATE YOUR OWN BLOG(S) WITHOUT COST ON WORDPRESS.COM. Screen shot your comments and post on your FB pages…in case they refuse to ‘approve’ your contrary thoughts. Invite WorkCompsters to join your discussion groups, and be polite. There will be a day in Court, one day!
The #WorkCompsters are apparently aiming for a national discussion on work comp matters — closed door and excluding injured workers?
Recent news indicates it will be a secret meeting of a handful of industry influencers, undisclosed location and participants, and may include two ‘injured workers’ and results only will be provided with the public at large. It seems to be taking place someplace ‘in the Heartland’ (Let’s hope they check Your Radiation This Week for updates on the radiation levels in their city of choice, and that HEPA filters are provided in the meeting room, at the very least! It’s a litigious crowd, they might create a class action for the dangers they are being invited to participate in!)
More on that in coming blogs….those Secret Tribunals have always been questionable throughout history!
Do the 21st Century Sonderkommando ‘come in limousines, not tanks!?’ Will they do a preliminary national poll to include all parties involved and knowlegeable about the horrors of American WorkComp practices, or will they ‘shuck and jive’ amongst themselves, just like they do at those expensive high-end conferences at the best joints in America? Total cost per attendee is factored in to somebody’s bottom line? Rooms at what, $300/nite plus per diems? All they can eat and drink? With a few panels and chats that could reach more ONLINE?
INJURED WORKERS ARE PROHIBITED ALWAYS FROM ALL INDUSTRY EVENTS? Can’t learn/Can’t teach. Hmmmmmm. Talk about segregation and discrimination? One work comp industry organization actually openly and disdainfully prohibits injured workers of any kind at their events, and allows attendees to bring a guest ONLY if the guest is a SPOUSE? WOW! Ain’t that nothing! Do they do marriage certificate and bed checks, too?
Why is that? Years ago I worked for an attorney who always said, “PEOPLE WILL NEVER FORGIVE YOU FOR THE WRONGS THEY HAVE DONE TO YOU!”
The doctor’s story is common. The attorney story is HEROIC! Steve Gursten, Esq. is an American Hero, and facilitated a win for the First Amendment, and for his truck driving brain injured client. California attorneys could learn a great deal from Steve, and how to truly protect a client, instead of serving them to the insurance industries for a ‘few pieces of silver.’ Maybe Steve should be invited to the Secret Tribunal…. he’s a Michigan PI attorney, obviously not leased/owned by any insurance companies. The ol’ WorkComp crowd will likely be heavily invested in CYA studies. See more details on IME issues here:
Will the National Discussion Secret Meeting simply be a polite get-together to suggest that Michael Grabell, Howard Berkes and the teams at NPR and ProPublica were — WRONG? I’ve read every article in the Demolition of WorkComp series and I have yet to see them seriously straight up address the FRAUD AND CORRUPTION. Insinuation, yes, but nothing to take to the District Attorneys, yet. Maybe soon!
Will they be discussing the “Lessons Learned By Sedgwick”? Romano Trust was not enough? It’s become Romano-Syndrome, hasn’t it? #Blog4TheCure! We’ll talk more soon on the Sedgwick Institute and the grants being handed out to long time WorkComp people to keep the merry go round turning?
Maybe a hotline for dying Injured Workers on the rest and wait and wait and opiate program, handled by a third party could be discussed at the Secret Tribunal?
No injured worker under the Sedgwick plan I have been in touch with has any faith whatsoever for any hope for any good faith actions after years and years and years of abuse. Most have retained more than one attorney, none of whom were able to get reasonable medical care sufficient for return to work, or any other protections. WHO WILL PROTECT INJURED WORKERS IN AMERICA?!
What do you tell an injured worker who says, “My attorney said he makes so little money on my case, he told me that it doesn’t matter if he returns my calls or not. When it’s over, he’ll still get the same little bit of money, so he has lots of files and can’t give my case any attention.” HOW IS THAT ETHICAL OR EVEN HUMANE? It certainly does not pass any ‘competency’ tests!
When will the attorney groups begin to monitor the horrors they facilitate by such behaviors, and worse? How about the attorney who says, “Fraud? I haven’t heard that word since law school. I wouldn’t have a clue how to proceed in exposing that!” Or the attorney who says, ‘Romano Trust vs. Sedgwick gave the industry the green light to withhold medical care from all injured workers, across America, and risk merely a fine of a maximum of $100,000. It’s cheaper than medical care in most cases.’
How about the Super Lawyers who know about “the issues” that permeate the WorkComp system and shrug and call say “The System Is Broken” …… Talk about Dodging The Facts! Sounds complicit to most injured workers!
How about the attorneys who bank only on ‘high profile cases’? If that’s the case, it is incumbent on every Injured Worker to CREATE A HIGH PROFILE, BY ANY AND EVERY MEANS NECESSARY. As Michael Grabell of ProPublica was recently quoted, he said words to the effect that most people don’t give a hoot about WorkComp till they are in the system, and fighting for their life to escape the horrors. I’ll find the article and post it when I do.
Anybody in the business more than 10 years is surely considered part of the problem? Anybody in the business more than 5 years is surely considered part of the problem. Heck, ANYBODY IN THE BUSINESS IS SURELY CONSIDERED PART OF THE PROBLEM OF MAIMING AND DISABLING AND YES, KILLING INJURED WORKERS ACROSS AMERICA, FOR PROFITS. Those who have remained silent, or just left the industry are quite as culpable, wouldn’t you agree?
Will they discuss real issues like fraud, collusion, malpractice? Will they look at how fake-doctor reports are factored in to the ‘rising medical costs’ in long drawn out WorkComp Cases? Will they address how paying off an on-the-take doctor to use a bit of slight of hand and deceptions with a touch of plausible deniability to ensure denial of medical care for the $7,000 range, verses necessary immediate medical treatments in the tens of thousands, and life medical in the millions, per case?
FOLLOW THE MONEY. Will they look at the butchery by the “Angels of Death” — Josef Megele-like ‘surgeons’ leased/owned by the WorkComp industries and complications caused by left over foreign objects?
WILL THE NATIONAL SECRET TRIBUNALS DISCUSS THE ISSUES?
Will they discuss the torturous practices of leaving foreign objects behind in a surgery, then cutting off pain meds without corrective surgeries? Will they look at failures to treat complications after botched surgeries? Will they look at cost-shifting to Welfare and Social Security Disability, and the the trickery of the Long Term Disability Providers and apparent collusion there, also?
It will share WorkComp Survival and Combat Skills. It will also be a series of e-courses, for the use and benefit of Injured Workers and to empower the few in industry who to not consciously intend to maim and kill injured workers. SIGN UP TO GET NOTIFIED BY EMAIL.
Many WorkComp workers are at high risk of joining the ranks of Injured Workers over their lifetimes, and many don’t even have a Twitter account or Facebook page, let alone the all powerful BLOG! The new site will incorporate lessons learned, in a general way, in the blog, AskAboutWorkersCompGravyTrains.com/list-of-posts/ All are invited to follow both blogs, and provide open or private comments and suggestions as we go forward.
Due to my work injury, I’m slower cognitively than I used to be, but I keep moving forward, one step and one post and one blog at a time. It is something we can all do. Implement “Compensatory Strategies.”
INJURED WORKER E-BOOKS AND HARD COPY and MORE
Several Injured Workers have written books! Good for them. Now comes the ‘marketing’ and putting your book in front of influencers and influenced, and other injured workers! Once published, YOUR WORK HAS JUST BEGUN! Let’s create a group for you authors to support one another in marketing efforts! You’re not alone; quit acting like you are! If you don’t have a blog yet, do it today! Start a study group of what you’re already written! Build your email list.
IF YOU HAVEN’T WRITTEN A BOOK ABOUT YOUR STORY YET, LET GET RIGHT TO IT! Others who have gone before us can light the way. Send me an email of your interest and we’ll organize some pow-wows. BE PRO-ACTIVE!
Building on the list of the 10 Congressional representatives, apparently incited by the ProPublica/NPR piece, The Demolition of Workers Compensation, who signed the October 2015 letter addressed to the Department of Labor — is a very good move. BRAVA!
LEGISLATORS WHO HONOR THEIR OATH OF OFFICE?
The list of legislators you have shared might be enlisted to join with the others, and issue an updated later with all the signatures of those public representatives charged with overseeing Workers Compensation atrocities and ensuring that corrective adjustments are made immediately, imho. Sharing this article, US Lawmakers Call for More Oversight of Workers’ Comp COULD serve to incite support, letting them know it’s time to act. Be sure to include the link to the actual October 20, 2015 letter from Congress to the Department of Labor. Here’s that link.
#Blog4TheCure Time to Restore CIVIL RIGHTS AND HUMAN RIGHTS TO INJURED WORKERS NOW #WeAreTheMediaNow #DodgeRadsNow
Bear in mind that the parties in my case “reached resolution, subject to confidentiality agreement” and the only reason I continue to bother on a national and international level on WorkComp matters can be summed up in the words of Einstein, ‘Those who have the privilege to know have the DUTY to act.”
Thanks again for sharing, Cecilia Watt, Injured Worker for Crimes Against Injured Workers Spreading awareness to the public of the crimes, fraud and tactics used against injured workers as they navigate a corrupt workers compensation system.
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The words of Sophie Scholl of The White Rose Society, who did not survive Nazi Germany for speaking out, are as appropriate today as they were back then.
“If I was an injured worker at home wondering how I would pay my bills, I would be sick to see this,” said one insurance company manager who asked not to be named…”
“A top manager for a major insurance company recalled standing amid the hoopla a few years back when a company CEO turned to her and marveled: “All of this because somebody got hurt at work.”
“This year, there were conferences in 104 cities in 41 states — more places than in the country song, “I’ve Been Everywhere.” One hotel, the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi, hosted three workers’ comp conferences in 2015…”
“Highlighting the bounty, there are now more than 150 workers’ comp conferences a year. There’s one for the American Society of Workers Comp Professionals, one for the Association of Workers’ Compensation Professionals and one for the Association of Workers’ Compensation Claims Professionals. At least 26 have golf tournaments.”
At the national workers’ comp and disability expo, vendors gave away Apple watches, bottles of bourbon, and a Vespa scooter. There were free massages and shoeshines, a superhero caricature artist, more than one mentalist, and a live alligator named Spike.
“But over the past two decades, a cottage industry of middlemen has emerged, which some have dubbed the “workers’ comp industrial complex.”
If you are an Injured Worker, tell your story to ProPublica, and blog on! Tell your friends and neighbors, too…. and make friends and transport useful information if you are in a WorkComp doctor/lawyer mill. Transcend learned helplessness! You are not alone! #InjuredWorkersUniting! #SilentNoMore! NO MORE!
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AN INJURED WORKER COMMENTS:
Some people can work 45-50 years without knowing a thing about WorkComp….Count me amongst the ‘madder than hell’ members of the Working Class, disabled by WC! Do you see what injured workers see?!!!
IE: One icy slip and fall backwards on ice and boom….there went another life. Did you see “Concussion”? Football players are yes, Injured Workers! How about the soldiers returning from Central Asia with brain injuries, radiation poisoning and missing limbs? Do we have your attention yet, Americans?
Let’s open the doors of all the fancy conferences to the Injured Worker Community…. perhaps a part of the admission…. BRING AN INJURED WORKER to listen to the panels, and walk the exhibit halls and collect data and meet real people, and yes, break bread with the folks profiting ‘Because someone got hurt at work.’
Include panels of Injured Workers at every event…you’ll realize then that we are not numbers…we are human beings, being destroyed for the profits of the few. You could be next.
#OccupyVirtually…. save the expense and use it for medical care to actually treat injured workers, vs evaluations upon evaluations to deny medical care.
Heck, invite local politicians, or members of their field staffs to see first hand what’s really happening in WorkComp industries to their constituents.
Critical in California, and everywhere else! Be sure to include reps from EDD and SSA… Involve the LTD carriers, too. Bring all those who profit ‘because somebody got injured at work.’
Invite the Salvation Army to share how they help Injured Workers when the WC system is an Epic Fail. Who else helps injured workers survive the system? Legal Aid? Houses of Worship?
C’mon America! Lives are being destroyed. We do not have the right to remain silent. ‘Those who have the privilege to know have the duty to act.”…. Simple and Easy: 1. Demolition 2. Trials and Consequences 3. Rebuilt on legit foundations …. nice and legal and American-like. Ditch the secret tribunal type practices immediately.
If there’s no solution, demand complete and immediate DEMOLITION OF WORKERS COMPENSATION and necessary trials. Remember, there are now 11 Congressional representatives on record as being concerned and alarmed about WorkComp in America…. and one is even expressly concerned about Injured Nuclear Workers! Pssssst, #DodgeTheRads! It’s dangerous out there, America! (That’s a matter for more Congressional Investigations, wouldn’t you agree?)
Draw the line at involving IW’s in the post-daily-event drink-a-thons. Opiates and alcohol are not a good combo, and most IW’s are seriously drugged as part of ‘treatment’ to keep noise levels down?
[Jack Canfield of Chicken Soup of The Soul fame says 2016 will be all about ‘SOBER IS SEXY’ and has apparently written a book to show you how to be it in 30 days! ”
ONE DAY AT A TIME, PEEPS…. God, grants us the Serenity to Accept the Things We Cannot Change, The Courage to Change Those Things We Can, and the WISDOM TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE. Remember remember: “God gave you a brain to use.” THINK THINK THINK ]
All others, check out www.aa.org or look for “Friends of Bill W” sessions at your conferences….. surely there are some sober people attending! Find them!
Invite panels of Injured Workers to speak on the true atrocities of this highly profitable industry, which destroys the lives of all but the least injured workers. Remember remember… today’s able bodied worker is at risk of becoming tomorrow’s injured worker….and another casualty of the system.
It’s time to RESTORE CIVIL RIGHTS AND HUMAN RIGHTS TO INJURED WORKERS NOW.
What we need are greater numbers of InjuredWorker bloggers, so you, too, can know the truth. Let’s aim to see “Injured Workers Associations” in EVERY STATE IN THE UNION…. FOR STARTERS… We’ll rate the providers as we help one another survive a system that aims to do only harm to injured workers.
As Cicero said long ago… “A NATION CANNOT SURVIVE TREASON FROM WITHIN….”
WE ARE THE MEDIA NOW
DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH; DRAW YOUR OWN CONCLUSIONS….. YOU COULD BECOME AND INJURED WORKER ONE DAY, TOO….
This news seems to be a purely malicious and well planned act of really bad practice by all complicit parties? #WorkCompStinks! Secret Tribunals, Fatalities and extreme abuse of the WorkingClass for the profits of the few. “WE ARE THE MEDIA NOW. EXPECT US. JOIN US.” READ AND SHARE THIS BLOG. START YOUR OWN.
This is actually heinous news–utterly odious and wicked! The money trail might suspiciously lead from NFL related enterprises?….to …. where? Nawwww, that couldn’t happen, could it?
Can the President please send in the National Guard to protect California Workers now, or must more be tortured, maimed, and have their lives destroyed and shortened by WorkCompsters for the profits of the few?
Why does California demand that Orthopedic Surgeons be the primary treating doctors for BRAIN INJURED WORKERS? Nobody in Sacramento has ever head of ACOEM and MTUS and NIH for guidelines on treatment? Doesn’t California WorkComp have any PHYSIATRISTS either to refer brain injured workers to?
The WCAB and defense teams seem to act like that’s a made up word when such is requested as a PTP! WorkComp neurologists are essentially clueless about brains, not even knowing that vision and hearing are functions of the brain! D’oh! 7th Grade Kids seem to know more about brains than California QME/QME “Neurologists” and CorVel/Maximus “doctors.”
Looks like the GOV may have had a lapse of memory on his Oath of Office in his attempts at chivalry and Ms Baker? “Our Goal Is Back To Work”??
REALLY? COMPLETE SYSTEM FAIL! EXPENSIVE AND COMPLETE SYSTEM FAIL!
PS: “Mischief” is not the same as COLLUSION AND CORRUPTION, JUST SO WE ARE CLEAR!
(We wonder who pays for the Private–no journàlists allowed — DIR holiday party THIS YEAR? Last year, Youtube has some pretty …interesting….footage of ‘this is a private party’)
I don’t think the Gov’s “Oath of Office” promotes Chivalry to Ms. Baker, DIR, WCAB, Insurance Industries before the Common Good, does it? I could be wrong…. WorkComp does seems to have it’s own rules, courts and subsidies, huh, operating outside the Constitution of The United States of America on multiple issues, doesn’t it? Outside the California Constitution on multiple issues, as well.
We, the People, want the names, ranks and salaries of the parties to this action, please and thank you.
Let’s watch the unfolding drama. Investigations and Indictments seem to be in order. Will DOJ and FBI investigate these suspicious acts? We can continue to wait and wait and wait and hope.
California needs Federal Overseers of WorkComp practices to protect the Working Class, and we need it NOW!
I am not too alarmed, however. WorkComp doesn’t seem to have any neuropsychologists to refer Injured Worker’s to anyway, for at least the past ten years, based on input from Injured Workers in Southern California.
Orthopedic Surgeons seem to be the norm to be designated as treating doctors, and they joyfully report they have no knowledge of brain injuries.
(This seems to be a very weak link in their practices, since accidents with broken bones often can include head injuries…. their Society might take a closer look, or, like NFL, involve the cardiologists? D’oh! )
CAAA practices don’t seem to be much better or stronger when it comes to brain injuries; some of their members do as much harm as those paid to harm injured workers, through willful ignorance or ‘not enough money in it’ syndromes)
Last year, one case, defense tried to send the TBI survivor to a neuropsychologist for yet another evaluation–one who admitted hadn’t treated brain injury patients for over seven years… Just apparently real busy and profitable doing evaluations for Work Compsters. [
The three neuropsychologists who evaluated this injured worker (two in 2012, one in 2014) were all approved/authorized outside of the alleged MPN.
The adjuster apparently had no clue as to what type of doctor to send the Injured Worker to, and the EAP program (that IW was originally referred to a Clinical Psychologist) was a bit of good luck, as that CP doctor had tremendous brain injury knowledge, as his own son was recovering from a devastating brain injury, with the help of an interdisciplinary team of doctors and specialists.
That clinical psychologist helped walked the rookie adjuster through the process, clearly describing the dangers and the needs for immediate and appropriate medical care. The Injured Worker had to pay for the MRI’s recommended in both 2012 and again in 2014.
WorkComp peeps seem to dispute the location of the brain, and attempt to pretend it is not a body part.
WorkComp seems to approve primarily Orthopedic Surgeons and Chiropractors for brain injury, with a little PT and 40 or so face to face evaluations, and countless re-evalulations by CorVel doctors—who also seem to know little to nothing about brains.
It took nearly 3 years for the mentioned Injured Worker to get to a speech therapist and occupational therapist (3-6 months treatment were required, 16 days were authorized, then extended another 8).
One of the WorkComp leased/owned neurologists suggested that since care had been denied for two years (at that time) and since the injured worker was female and over the age of 35, no treatment was deemed necessary, contrary to all medical evidence.
The primary treating doctor since Feb 2013 has been an orthopedic surgeon, and the bulk of the denying Corvell doctors have been orthopedic surgeons. WorkComp neurologists and CorvVel and Maximus doctors seem to be simply clueless about head injuries…..or are they paid to just look the other way and write false reports to ensure denial of medical care.
Responses from DIR over the course will be located and forwarded to appropriate authorities. Seems this situation may call for intervention, finally, by DOJ/FBI.
FRIENDS DON’T LET FRIENDS STAY IGNORANT. This article could have the effect of being a call to all Americans to see the movie, CONCUSSION, in December, and search google for the facts they are hiding. DARPA is spending gazillions on brain research….. Doesn’t Sacramento stay in touch with the DARPA peeps either? D’oh!