Stop the Workers’ Compensation SOBs and WOE

 

Can you also be a little hard to “get” if their politics lean either side of center, if they are a basic “Difficult Person,” a mysoginyst, a basic WorkCompster, or even just a common psychopath?

Professional friends said, early on, “Get out of WorkComp by any means necessary, it will kill you.”

They had no clues about how.  Professional friends now still say, “Keep screaming, Linda, somebody’s got to do it!”

The latest blog at Ask About Workers Comp Gravy Trains might be of interest:

Workers’ Compensation SOBs and Global WOE from Australia Canada and USA

‘Cognitive dissonance’ often requires people to make victims of crimes wrong or a villain or a villain-ette, or to quote the late David DePaolo, of WorkComp Central from  Assume Responsibility, a “Vociferous Militant.”

American Injured Workers were unable to organize to fight the series of national attacks, diatribes and propaganda launch attempting to make Injured Workers the wrong-doers.  The industry alerted all in February to expect the propaganda launch in May.  Some joined it.  How sad.

In 2014, in Work Comp and Baseball DePaolo said:

There are, however, claims that are difficult from the very outset. Sometimes we hear about them but most of the time we don’t.

The ones that we do hear about get dismissed from our conscience too easily because the melodrama in their vocalization of what’s wrong gets drowned by our own jaded pessimism.

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.

It hard for most Americans to realize the atrocities that happen under the banner of Workers’ Compensation.  David mentioned me in a few more of his blogs, and we exchanged more than a few emails over the course of my case.

When I told him I was “attending mediation with an open mind, open heart, and empty briefcase” he was aghast, and insisted I needed a lawyer but that I was so angry, nobody would help me.  We had a few philosophical exchanges on those topics.   I am grateful to David for those exchanges and media coverage.

I was also, in 2014, one of the four finalists for CompLaude Awards, and in 2014, 2015 and up until May 2016, I was a strong advocate for the CompLaude Awards, and you can see the blogs to prove it!  Plenty of private emails were sent on behalf of the effort, also, and my nominations were significant, with at least one award winner — in the doctor category.

Since the “open mind, open heart, empty briefcase” strategy was successful, for all intents and purposes, I have been attempting to ‘rebrand’ from being a ‘screamer and thought provoker,’ despite the “Difficult Persons” deeply entrenched in the PROFITS BEFORE LIVES business models that most Americans don’t know about, and don’t want to know about.

Social Security Administration ‘mis-behavior’ and other improprieties apparently require renewed efforts to address further government malfunctions.  My carefully organized evidence arrived in Washington DC mail rooms last week, including letters to The Ten Congressional Representatives who have gone on record as being concerned about American Workers and Taxpayers and Workers Compensation.

Wait till they see the SSA package of loose marbles and loose screws, fabrications, falsehoods, and general malfeasance, with indicators of many unclean hands involved in the financial terrorism against me, and others like me. Might be interesting.  It’s another one of those ‘oh so sad, common stories’ that happen all the time, but you don’t hear much about those DIRTY OPEN SECRETS EITHER.

I retained a writer/editor to help dig through my wins to help with rebranding.  It was a costly event, with a typical cognitive dissonant reaction.  I shared my business resume and said it’s not really valid anymore, since cognitive impairments are what they are.  I thought I made it clear that I am injured, NOT STUPID.  I think that point may have been overlooked.

Early on, after a lengthy conversation, the editor said that my ‘story’ must be told but that it must be told in a way that people will want to hear more, and not simply want to kill me for telling the truth.  I said, “Yeah, exactly what I want your help with.”  That was months ago.

I make it clear that while I believe WorkComp arrests could fill a few cell blocks or privatized penitentiaries, my intention is not to bust the crooks, but to FREE THE HOSTAGES.  BIG DIFFERENCE.  ONE IS BASED IN HARSH REALITY, AND THE OTHER IS DELUSIONAL.   (Hint: Rico rules)

From the volume of notes I shared, draft 1 painted me as a total loser, victim, physically and mentally incapable of doing sh*t, and would have subjected me to litigation on top of that. That first draft was more along lines of ‘publish that, and they’ll surely kill you.’  😕

There was absolute inability by the party to see the dots being connected between the exterminations by Workers Compensation and by the Nuclear Industry.

Arguing about my volunteer efforts that have had a significant global reach since 2011 Triple Nuclear Meltdowns at Fukushima – WAS NOT AND IS NOT A DISCUSSION ITEM ON THE TABLE.

It was suggested that I choose one, and check with my pals on which to choose. The results were in….  Injured Worker Advocates suggested dropping the Radiation Warnings to #DodgeTheRads and why, as totally irrelevant; Anti-Nuclear Advocates suggested dropping Injured Worker Advocacy as they are good as dead anyway, if they have serious injuries.    “EXTERMINATIONS” would be all inclusive!

WorkComp has been known to work ok in first-aid situations for minor injuries. Horrific with serious injuries, and exacerbates injuries that, with immediate medical care, could result in return to work scenarios and partial recoveries.

One pal said, ‘Each camp, of course, wants that loudest mouth, and you’re a BIG LOUD MOUTH.’   😀

I would love to know that WorkComp is moving in a clean, life-saving direction for the millions involved, so I could just drop that topic…. but it seems that the propagandists are digging in to protect their profits by any means necessary — including your life or mine.

If there are more than 54 million injured and disabled workers in America, and approximately 8.9 million are on Social Security Disability, are the rest homeless and destitute?  SSA pays ‘nazi war criminals’ with greater ease than it pays Americans with Disabilities….yikes!   CLEAN UP TIME!  LET’S GO!

I guess that was lost money….I sent a note to that editor last week suggesting if it’s too hard, I understand, but darn, I paid A BUNCH OF MONEY FOR THAT.  I hope a refund follows, since draft 2 never arrived.   😕

A couple of my pals are compiling books about stories of people with brain injuries, and my story doesn’t fit their audiences.  Injured Workers have a particular extra set of survival battles, as anybody ever touched by that industry knows.

Even other TBI survivors cannot fathom the extent of malice and corruption too many Injured Workers are subjected to, that actually prevent recovery and often cause death because it is more profitable for the industry to ‘risk a $100,000 wrongful death suit’ than to pay for medical care in hundreds of thousands of dollars because care was neither immediate, prompt, or appropriate in so many cases.

How many of you have seen the Hillary videos [Google search hillary seizures – today the count is 547,000 results] showing what appears to be seizures after the DNC conventions, from either her Concussion of 2012, or her extreme radiation poisoning in Spring 2011 at the beginning of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Meltdowns.

The Secretary had been sent to Tokyo to mitigate damage to commerce and establish censorship guidelines, apparently.   “Your Radiation This Week” describes the ongoing radiation poisoning across America.

So, if Hillary can run for president with a brain injury and convulsions/seizures, maybe SSA initial conclusions in 2012-2015 that brains are not needed to work as a sales executive were closer to accurate than believed.  The videos haven’t been scrubbed from the Internet, and there’s plenty of Good Kop/Bad Kop going on with the corporate media, as you have no doubt noticed.

American selection process, quite the circus this time, isn’t it.

“What difference does it make?”  — Check your local radiation readings and how many cities have been over 1,000 CPM, for how long. “Normal background is 5-20 CPM.”   See Your Radiation This Week – the series began April 2015.  Catch up. #DodgeTheRads

Home-efforts at rehabilitation have included studying online courses like a mad-woman, so maybe I do get to return to the WorkForce, one day soon.   Watch for the eCourse….it will be free … sort of a self-procured apprentice-ship.

I think it’s time for Congress to establish a Civil Rights and Human Rights Commission to further investigate what happens to Injured American Workers.

The Courts apparently ‘routinely rule in favor of the insurance carriers’ and some business owners call it ‘legislated fraud.’  You may be hearing more about it as the industry attacks on Injured Law Enforcement and Firefighters seems to be escalating.  Hopefully, their Unions will step up and speak out.

Heck, Fukushima-Gate investigations might be appropriate about now, too, huh?!  America, America!  What happened!

 

Here’s my best shot at REBRANDING, so far, shared over on Facebook in an online biz group, and in a few Injured Worker groups.

Linda Ayres‎ Occupy WorkComp  ·  LEARNING NEVER ENDS…

There are 67 of us here in Occupy WorkComp. Do YOU want to introduce yourself, and maybe say a little about your situation and how we might support you? Remember, it’s a PUBLIC GROUP — ain’t no secrets here! ;D

Here’s what I’m learning:

From another group, where I am learning more about how to get an eCourse together to perhaps help more of you save your own lives…

The instructor runs a great group, and invites everybody to introduce themselves, and there are group calls…it’s a course I paid to join, but they have a public group, too… I’ve told you about it before, and I’ll share more as things come together.

Here’s how I introduced myself to them, for what it’s worth…

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Hi Everybody! Participation seems to be a key here at PPE! 😀

My abilities to be short and concise are a little impaired, so here’s my best shot…..The images below are the shortest version. 😀

“Please take a moment and introduce yourself! We officially kick off on August 1 but the party can start before then!” – Instructor

I would have joined in a bit sooner, but I was having a little FB thought-police detention issues… it happens to some politically-socially active members of our little communities. FB ‘ads’ seem to deter the harassment, to a degree.

I am in the process of getting to know ‘the new me’ and rebranding that new me and I look forward to getting to know more of you, and the services you are providing to help uplift humanity in these challenging times.

Like so many of you, I have also signed up for a gazillion courses, free and paid and have completed quite few of them, and I love Colleen’s style of teaching… she breaks everything down to do-able steps, in her royal style! The 7-day challenge was one I actually finished! Hoooray! I even blogged about the process over at LinkedIn.

I’ve been ‘working on’ creating an eCourse for over a year, and there have been too many ‘moving pieces’ for me. I am also working on a few different eBooks.

I am very hopeful of discovering strategies and methods and structures and support here so that the eCourse will be completed and this piece of social media will become like child’s play.

I am a Workers’ Compensation Survivor in the USA and a #TBI (#BrainInjury #Concussion) survivor as a result. Friends in Canada, UK and Australia face similar life-threatening challenges from workplace injuries The internet brings us all together to explore solutions.

If you have friends or loved ones fighting the good fight, don’t let them fight alone. Lend a hand, and some blog space!
My intentions are to help Injured Workers escape the system(s) with their lives — Workers’ Compensation is NOT an employee benefit.

My professional friends told me, ‘Get out of work comp by any means necessary – it will kill you.’ They didn’t have a clue about the how. It took me several years to find that ‘magic formula’ that may also work for others who have a grasp of the power of social media.

My blogs about workers’ compensation and nuclear matters include reminders to #DodgeTheRads#OccupyVirtually and to remember remember…

Learning never ends. See you over at Kajabi-Land and Teachable!

MyWorkCompCoach.com


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WE ARE THE MEDIA NOW – #DodgeTheRads

How do you get from here to there after WorkComp? Here’s an update on Passive Income Prep School…

Linda Ayres looking for The Magic!

‪#‎PassiveIncomePrepSchool‬

Thanks, Colleen Arneil!!! Day 1 steps were simple and powerful!

Step 1 — 10 points – I showed up live at 11 to the Passive Income Lounge; calendar marked to be there tomorrow, too.

Step 2 – 10 points – My eCourse topic is WorkComp Survival and Virtual Combat Skills

The Select Your Topic action was clarifying and confirming/personally validating.

The “Validate My Idea” exercise was real powerful, and had me smiling.

On UDEMY WorkComp had matches, but I did discover two courses

1) Introduction to Workers Compensation Surveillance by a private investigator [ a horrible and harsh reality of the practices of WorkComp in America, Canada, UK and Australia….]

2)VA Fully Developed Disability Claims – ‘incapacitation’ is the military equivalent of WorkComp… and it looks like a soldier developed that 6 section curriculum, with a very left-brain military organizational structure. I may have to study that! 😀

2) Amazon had 2,654 books on WorkComp; it had 6,330 books for Injured Workers (mostly written by attorneys, but a few that touched on Survival, written by other Injured Workers — most were written a few years ago, and some were had introductions by attorneys… none of those were sugar-coated. Most of the books seemed to be ‘industry propaganda’ but I even found one by a former WorkComp commissioner … spilling the beans on the atrocities…and offering some solutions.

That was a totally cool exercise. I also found my log in to your eCourse that I purchased how long ago?

I even posted a couple related thoughts on LinkedIn (they know me in the WorkComp community there; I am one of just a couple of Injured Worker BLOGGERS in the USA… I also want to do an eCourse on BEGINNING TO BLOG….so that Human Rights and Civil Rights activists can better harness the power of social media.

“WE ARE THE MEDIA NOW” is a little slogan/meme I have used for years… it fits. 😀

And below are images of how far I got so far in creating a course… I would welcome feedback on which is more inviting, considering that most Injured Workers in America are being seriously abused by a system that intends only harm, and many feel (and are!) quite dis-empowered.. and hope is a long forgotten emotion for too many.

See you tomorrow! Thank you! xoxoxox

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Linda Ayres PS You can’t “ENROLL NOW” …. that’s as far as I got in eCourse creation since March. It’s a beginning! xoxoxo
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Colleen Arneil This is great Linda! Kudos on the hard work. It’s so empowering to show this specific demographic about what IS possible still.
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Linda AyresThanks Colleen Arneil – there seem to be 8.9 million American injured workers on Social Security Disability, and another stat is 54 million Injured and Disabled Workers across America. Canada, Australia, UK all have the very same challenges. Yes, we’re quite a demographic….!! We serve as extreme profit centers for some pretty vile racketeers…. xoxoox
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DAY 2 – “What Makes you YOU?

#PassiveIncomePrepSchool

Thanks Colleen Arneil I love the structure here, too!

SUMMARY:
1) I am a Writer, Warrior, TBI WorkComp Survivor,
2) I am a Blogger– WorkComp and Nuclear Warnings
3) At times, sometimes surprising to me, I can swear in some of the most un-lady like manners….at some of the most influential people, if they happen to annoy.

Step 1 — 10 points – I showed up at FB live at 11 to the Passive Income Lounge; calendar marked to be there tomorrow, too.
Step 2 – 10 points – 3 Random nuggets about me… ‘owning who I am, flaunting it and sharing it…’

1. WorkComp is one of the ‘dirty little secrets’ that puts all of us risk. The#YouEconomy may changes that very soon! I slipped on ice at work and conked my head in 2012… and learned the meaning of “TBI – Traumatic Brain Injury.” I am a TBI Survivor and Warrior!
Neurologists all said, ‘EMBRACE THE NEW YOU” and this ‘new me’ was not as fast, smart and perky as the ol’ me. I said to one doctor, “Well, I don’t know who this new chick is, but if I am supposed to embrace her, I think they better plan to rehabilitate me — and train me to become a neuro-scientist!” He was not sure if I was kidding or not, so he invited me to an annual Brain Injury Conference that weekend, but warned me that it was primarily for military and medical professionals. THAT was the beginning of my real grasp of#Concussion.
[If you haven’t seen the movie, Concussion, get the dvd, and watch the back story and the documentary included, also. Dr. Omalu is quite the American Warrior — fought with the NFL — and survived, and changes are a ‘comin…PS If you have a friend or loved one with a #Concussion, try not to say mean stuff like, ‘you like fine, get over it!’ .]

2. I learned to remind attorneys and workers’ comp ‘doctors’ that I’m injured not stupid when I encountered some of their …. shenaningans and improprieties.
Without benefit of competent legal counsel, in less than 5 years, the ‘parties reached resolution, subject to confidentiality agreement.” and it is upon that ROCK I hope to empower other injured workers in America, Canada, UK and Australia, and beyond, how to fight a ‘rigged’ system and get out with your life. Some of my Injured and disabled friends have been fighting for their lives for more than 5, 10, 15, 20 and some even 30 years. It’s a horrible system of abuse and torture, and if one is not permanently and totally disabled going in, the risk is quite high for being so before ever escaping. One book, co-authored by an Injured Worker and an attorney, (discovered in yesterday’s PassiveIncomePrepSchool assignment had a more polite way to describe the improprieties that most all Injured Workers face. It said something like, “Trust your Mother, but cut the deck anyway.” Something relative to playing cards and protecting one’s self against cheaters.

” I BLOG, THEREFORE I AM A WORKCOMP SURVIVOR. BE ONE, TOO.” is one of my memes.
Another is, “Without a blog and a growing database, Injured Workers are Unarmed and Unprotected in the Global War on Workers.”
[LinkedIn influencers have found my …. transparency… simultaneously refreshing, alarming and intimidating…Some have revised their guidebooks based on my input..]

3. THANKS FOR PERMISSION TODAY TO BE TOTALLY AUTHENTIC, AND EVEN SWEAR LIKE A SALTY SAILOR!!!
Speech therapists and clinical psychs say “quit swearing” and that’s as helpful as saying “quit forgetting and stop being so damn confused and disorganized…” Expletives are not uncommon, for years, post brain injury. It is sometimes the least important of the impairments to address….. the brain does regulate Everything. POST-TBI …. my levels of decorum hardly exists! F**k!

Thanks again for all you do to make the world a better place, and make us laugh in the process!

Onward!

See y’all tomorrow!

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DAY 3 – MISS THIS AND MAKE NO MONEY

#PassiveIncomePrepSchool Colleen Arneil

– Better late than not at all! 😀

Many of the books on Workers Compensation and or Injured Workers either had NO REVIEWS or happy-happy ones that appeared to be ‘solicited reviews’..

I will have to dig a little deeper… a theme for why people LOVED the books could be summed up with “SAVED MY LIFE.”

‘Crappy Reviews’ were more of a ‘surrender’ to the ‘snake pit’ of the ‘corruption….’

State-specific books confused some people, and others were annoyed that they purchased books not knowing they were State specific.

The exercise helps me see that my ‘niche’ is on target… I see no value in playing the ‘rigged legal game’ and my ebook and eCourse are aimed at helping injured workers (and their attorneys, if they have them) do whatever is necessary to ‘encourage’ all stakeholders coming together with impartial mediators and structured settlement teams.

DOJ can address the criminal activities and malfeasance… helping to FREE THE HOSTAGES seems to be a ‘higher calling.”

PS With all the talk in the lounge about buying courses, I just had to buy your CANAVA course today 😀 , and as I looked at the One on One Coaching I was very excited and then experienced some serious ‘sticker shock’ that moved into, “I can’t afford THAT. Kudos for Colleen! She’s worth that and much more! Hmmmmmmmmm….. I wonder if she ever does ‘small group’ coaching that could lead to more intense 1 on 1 coaching…” Then I saw the money course, and thought, hmmmmmmmmmmmmm….. and got my smile back. We’ll start with Canava and the Course Creation I already have… and we’ll see where this 7-day course leads… The clarity by Day 3 is pretty phenomenal, based on the course, lectures and group input! Wooo hooo!

You’re Awesome, and sooooo Smart, yes, we are lucky about your background!

Thanks! See you tomorrow at 11!

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Colleen Arneil Love love love how you are going all in, amazing workLinda! And yes hang tight for what is to come next week because I do have a way to work with me either in group or with some one on one that is a smaller step than my big one on one program 🙂
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DAY 4 – THIS IS A GAMECHANGER

#PassiveIncomePrepSchool Colleen Arneil

Thanks Colleen! Great questions, tiny steps, powerful insights! Saying it out loud (or posting it) brings it into ‘manifestation’… 😀

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STEP ONE: 10 POINTS – ATTEND FACEBOOK LIVE AT 11 “chatting about the mindset it takes to makethe passive income flow’

STEP TWO: 10 POINTS – Post and share “YOUR BIGGEST desire is. What are you hoping to make happen with your business? Where do you want to be in 6 months?”

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The topics of Workers Compensation Survival and Radiation Survival ‘light me up’ because the Rads are extinction level and the people need to know and because WorkComp is extermination level, and the people need to know — in order to take survival precautions….

I am hoping to create educational ‘products’ that can help me serve an ideal audience, and do so in a way that also helps me to create a revenue flow to serve fiercely, with top tech automation and beautiful, simple to follow and very organized personal development/self-help/Warrior programs…(sort of like how the Passive Income Queen conducts biz! ) 😀

Einstein reminds us that ‘Those who have the privilege to know have the DUTY to act.’ I know. I act.

By or before January 15, 2017, six months today, my “biggest desire’ is to to have a functional organization/business/program, consisting of, but not limited to:

1) One or more TEACHABLE eCourses in WorkComp Survival, and one or more eCourse in understanding & grasping the need to #DodgeTheRads, as it impacts health, & 3+ mainstream media article publications;
2) One or more eBooks on WorkComp Survival and #DodgeTheRads life extension practices with full on opt-in pages & all necessary tech pieces/systems for webinars, and growing database and global reach;
3) Continued blogging on related topics, such as Social Media, TBI and LOEF, helping others ‘connect the dots’ and take right action;
4) An affordable, brilliant, affordable team of experts working with me to produce the above referenced transformational materials/products and related ..and a database of more than 20,000 ‘interested’ parties and co-workers;
5) Social Media Movements of global proportions to provoke further conscious thought and positive transformations

BRAIN INJURY ADVOCACY GROUP

OR SOMETHING EVEN BETTER! 😀

#OccupyWorkComp#OccupyVirtually – WorkComp Survival and Virtual Combat Skills

#DodgeTheRads – Remember Remember – All Nuclear Reactors Leak All of the Time –

WE ARE THE MEDIA NOW

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Injured Workers – WHY NOT JUST PETITION? WHY BLOG? Workers Compensation National Discussion – Nearly 6,000 USA UPDATES

“Without a blog and a growing database, Injured Workers are UNARMED AND UNPROTECTED in the Global War On Workers”

 

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What IS IS!

WORK COMP TELESUMMIT DRAFT 1

LET’S TALK ABOUT IT — IN REAL TERMS — NOT SPIN DOCTOR REMEDIES … before the planned August SPIN AND DISPARAGE FEST IN FLORIDA..  Go Ask DePoalo, we think he’ ll know.

What can happen if all stakeholders are involved in Webinars and TeleSummits…or if the industry professionals prefer, NUREMBERG TYPE TRIALS FOR CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY …. California may lead the way for those Doctor trials, if DOJ gets more involved?

Injured Workers will commence blogging soon enough, naming names and allegations… Just sayin… ENOUGH IS ENOUGH…

Watch for more injured workers telling their stories by BLOG … some will answer these questions, and others will tell your much much more!

What’s YOUR WorkComp Story?

From an Injured Worker’s Perspective – Deploy Mediation and Structured Settlement Teams to reach resolutions

 

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Join us in the Facebook group, OCCUPY WorkComp and help build one on LinkedIn!   Let’s connect! 

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Watch for new eCourse – WorkComp Survival and Virtual Combat Skills  — COMING SOON

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WATCH FOR eCourse – COMING SOON

 




MEET MINERVA ROSARIO AND HER FRIENDS…  included with the video are a few  pages of Injured Worker Comments from the past 2 months….
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TAKE SOME TIME AND READ THROUGH THEM…. THEY ALL SAY THE SAME THING, DON’T THEY?
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YOU KINDLY CONTINUE TO DODGE THE RADS AND SEND TO YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS, AND TO  CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVES, TO THE DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE AND THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE.
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#OccupyWorkComp  #OccupyVirtually  #BLOGblogBLOG  #FreeWorkCompHostages


See all the comments via this link.

by Minerva Rosario · 5,693 supporters

LISTEN TO WHAT MINERVA HAS TO SAY…. THEN READ WHAT INJURED WORKERS AROUND AMERICA HAVE TO SAY…..

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This is an absolute outrage. Business should be held accountable.

Susan Smith, Carlsbad, CA
2 months ago
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No one should have to suffer physically OR financially due to someone else’s negligence. Being injured while on the job shouldn’t force you to make sacrifices, your standard of living should NOT change.

If Workman’s Compensation isn’t going to cover needed costs, then US workers should have the right to sue in a court of law instead of having a hearing before an arbitrator.

Todd Anderson, Davis Junction, IL
2 months ago
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My husband was seriously injured at work when my son was 4 weeks old. After fighting and begging for proper medical treatment, he was completely cut off from workman’s comp. We had to apply for Medicaid for him to even receive his medications. We can barely get by on my income alone. My husband was only 26 years old at the time of the accident and will have to live with a disabling back injury for the rest of his life. This is the biggest nightmare I’ve ever experienced and I pray no one else will ever have to go through this.

Dana Fox, Lapeer, MI
2 months ago
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If a company leaves you permanently disabled, they have to cover the costs of your life because of their malpractice (implicit or explicit) if not, the worker should be able to continue to sue the company for damages if workers compensation doesn’t work for them

Tyler Ross, Truckee, CA
2 months ago
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I am a product of that stupid law stating that I can NOT sue my now X-Employer after being injured on the job … a very physical job at that … also because it was in agriculture my comp pay was based on 45 to 55 hours of straight time pay ( ag work does NOT have to pay overtime pay SAD but true )…. Now I am a product of the social security system … not enough money to get by properly BUT too much for any government assistance !!!!!!

Elaine Miller, Kentwood, LA
2 days ago
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Thanks for being willing to speak up, and for sharing with others the need for Federal Intervention, in our out of control, bought out State run workers comp systems. We have had a group named ALEC, The American Legislative Education Council, go State by State, over the last 20 years, boiler plating State Work Comp and Medical Tort laws, so as to favor corporations over the individuals so called “Frivolous Rights”. When the harm is done to you, the harms is not so Frivolous, and destroys lives, all so corporate America can profit. Let’s hope our Federal leaders head the call, and step up to the plate to help patients being harmed by State systems, that have been bought out. An injury to one, is an injury to all, no matter how small or big. And if folks need to learn more about this war on the injured workers, and our patients rights, please take time to see the NPR ProPublica reports that expose this industrial insurance industry complex, for what it is. GREAT Job! Minerva Rosario, thanks for sharing your story, and trying to help us all.

Insult to Injury https://www.propublica.org/series/workers-compensation

Darren Fonzseau, Everett, WA
6 days ago
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my husband is currently fighting workers comp in texas

cathy young, Kingwood, TX
6 days ago
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I’m signing because I am living this right now!

Lindsay Graf, Rochester, NY
2 weeks ago
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We should not have to fight so hard to get workers comp to pay legimate bills from injuries at work. We should not have our credit ruined because of workers comp’s refusal to pay what they should. We should not be forced to lie and say the injury did not happen at work just to get insurance coverage.

Wendy Maddox, Shepherdstown, WV
3 weeks ago
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Without proper standards developed there will always be loopholes in coverage! Please help get this to the right people!

Brian Beety, Bergenfield, NJ
3 weeks ago
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Injustice is wrong.

Thomas Johnson, Olympia, WA
3 weeks ago
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I am currently undergoing treatment for a back injury which has seriously caused harm to me. I am unable to do anything without being in serious pain and having trouble to get Workmens comp to approve anything.

Toya Coffee, Fitzgerald, GA
3 weeks ago
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Workers are not slaves companies cannot ruin there lives and then just dismiss them

Jackie Patrick, Oakland, CA
3 weeks ago
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I’m signing because I too was first assigned to an incompetent orthopedist at the onset of my injury and he wasted 6 months of my life and complicated my situation by failing to provide the adequate care that I needed.

Irma Villagomez-Miranda, Pinole, CA
3 weeks ago
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The demolition of the workers’ comp system is an outrage. While a state issue it’s become a national disgrace. It needs to be addressed by the presidential candidates. My petition asks Bernie to add federal oversight of workers’ compensation to the DNC platform.

Eric Jensen, IL
3 weeks ago
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So many have abused this service that now states have been forced to cut cost that now affect real needs. Sounds like the service needs an overhaul and the ability to prosecute abusers.

George Burall, North Richland Hills, TX
3 weeks ago
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Workers compensation is a sham. More to protect employer than worker. No cost of living increases ever. They illegally practice medicine with their checkbook.

Tom bukowski, Cottonwood, AZ
1 month ago
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They have deicided that pain in workers comp cases needs to be left basically untreated because they claim it costs too much but then the cost ends up on SS.D. and medicare or medical because untreated pain turns into chroinc pain but if these works had pain treated at the time of injury instead of fighting for months years in the comp system designed to protect everyone but the injured worker to get them to accept what the doctor they sent you to says you need. If workers injuries and pain were treated right in the beginning there wouldn’t be so many turning to chronic pain. They would save money paying for treatments done right away over paying for more doctors Laywers to try and say it is all not needed. Injured workers would recover faster and get back to work but with the denial tactics that can go on for years the workers get worse and worse because of their denials are keeping the workers ill and injured longer and longer to the point recovery is lost and left crippled. How does that benefit anyone?

Lynda Richardson, Paradise, CA
1 month ago
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I was injured at work 5 weeks ago. No one followed procedure at work. I was never offered medical care. An incident report was not filled out for 15 days. I am being treated under my insurance and without income using FMLA. I found Tennessee recently changed its laws and no attorney is taking cases. I am sending an appeal and my understanding is I would have to deal with company lawyers and judges. Even criminals are entitled to a defense.

mary reynolds, Pleasant View, TN
1 month ago
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This is completely unjust.

Janice Hittle, Pleasant View, TN
1 month ago
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I live in Tennessee with recently changed workmans comp laws. I am a 53 year old nurse who suffered a back injury at work on March 31st of 2016. I have been without income for 5 weeks, unable to obtain legal counsel due to the law changes. I can request an appeal/mediation and attempt to speak in front if insurance lawyers and a judge. Even criminals are entitled to legal defense! There are no workmans comp protections for TN workers.

mary reynolds, Pleasant View, TN
1 month ago
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I am a victim also. I got hurt at Nike when a supervisor was horse playing around and was not adhering to safety standards in the shipping and receiving area and caused me to fall and injury myself on cement floor. Now I am battling the Nike workman comps lawerys who is trying to state that I have not issue and medical bills should be my responsibility. Going to fight to make sure that I am whole again. Unreal that 98% of their athletes are Black and here I am a 64 years old Black female and they are trying to discredit my injury that was caused by a Manager that did not respect Nike safety rules and now I am suffering daily for his foolishness. Not RIGHT!

Joyce Garrison, Glendale, AZ
1 month ago
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People who suffer injury should still receive a living wage.

Robert Brown, Fircrest, WA
1 month ago
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My husband also is a victim of a faulty work comp. process &, even though the doctors put him on perminant disability status, which he is, he can’t even get any kind of disability from KS ?because we have more than $2,000. of assetts !? Meanwhile, I know people with permanent dissability status who have never had an injury in their life, can run circles around most of us & definately have more than $2,000. in assetts! The only people who are protected under today’s worker’s comp. practices are the lawyers & the Doctors, but not the injured workers.

Benetta Bennett, Scranton, KS
2 months ago
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A friend of mine has this back surgery that leaves her on all four’s. She can’t get up and screams in Pain. And NO ONE IS THERE TO HELP HER. What a Disgrace that she gave all to the State of California in as a Psychiatric Tech. and h Not received help. Yet they Union took her money they took her time and left her with nothing. She even became homeless. What an Abomination

Gerald Arellano, Wildomar, CA
2 months ago
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I am absolutely OUTRAGED to read this woman’s story!!! There can be no question that this needs to change, and it needs to change right now, because it affects a slew of new victims every day. Allowing worker’s comp red-tape to leave this woman, and who knows how many others, permanently crippled is despicable and downright cruel!!! Then to not even cover the costs of her treatment? Outlandish! And if you are not infuriated by the treatment of these company slaves, er, I mean employees, then please be upset over the financial burden falling upon the shoulders of the taxpayer! The woman is right, this is NOT the bargain it was meant to be when it was implemented. How could anyone with the authority to fix this disgusting situation sit by and allow it to continue? For the love of all that is holy, please I beg of you to stop this insanity.

Meliane Hopkins, Lykens, PA
2 months ago
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This could happen to anyone in the work field.

Mary Sukanec, Rockledge, FL
2 months ago
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I’ve experienced the same thing. I’m now on social security disability, broke, lost my job, my house unable to afford medical insurance not able to get back on my feet after my many surgeries. Had to go live with my kids. I just did my job got hurt doing my job lost my job.

Denise Lewis, Nine Mile Falls, WA
2 months ago
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because i agree with the author of this petition

rohan thomas, Los Angeles, CA
2 months ago
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I am a Director of a small privately own business. We pay an enormous amount in in worker’s comp insurance for our employees. We have had small claims without any problems. I would hope that if one of my workers was seriously injured on the job, they would be completely covered. That’s why we paid for insurance.

Della Moore, Snellville, GA
2 months ago
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I’m am in that boat right now because I had my hand crushed in between to trailers at I work I drive for a living well I did now my hand and fingers I can’t feel or bend them and I have not a workers comp check in months so I’m fighting a losing battle I hope you make it

charles harrison, Kingston, PA
2 months ago
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They regulate everything else so why not this too.

Paul Short Jr., Indianapolis, IN
2 months ago
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We have money. I pay taxes and so do most people except the 1% of the wealthy who have the most but give the least.

Shirley Bryant, Orlando, FL
2 months ago
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Worker’s Comp and employers abandon injured employees.

Victoria Abram, Lakewood, WA
2 months ago
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Wrks Comp is failing, but so is SSA disability, judges deny and delay, until the afflicted can no longer survive. Attorneys don’t get paid unless claimants win, so they do less work on More clients, hoping the will win some cases to get paid. The disabled take their lives suffering pain just like veterans who suffer!

Joseph Mahnke, Fort Lauderdale, FL
2 months ago
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I have felt the pain of dealing with workers compensation , and the financial heartship it puts on me.

Deborah Cole, Ayer, MA
2 months ago
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Its unfair for workers and for business, it is a Right for workers to receive a full coverage.

luis garcia, Miami, FL
2 months ago
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In the same fricken boat

KT Trimble, Rochester, MN
2 months ago
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On my job when employees get injured we are sent to a walking clinic and not by a real doctor they put you on light duty. Check you to see if you are on drugs and not care about if you are really hurting cheap way out time for you guy’s in Congress to get on the job and stop playing with us hard working people that preformed the duties and get hurt on the job and you pay a clinic to assist us with treatment

maryland phillips, boynton beach fl, FL
2 months ago
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because I’m still suffering from a work related injury from 1987 and have a chronic pain syndrome that limits me from holding a job I have worked multiple jobs that I could not hold I have a life time medical claim from my injury that is void because of statutes of limitations that I was never informed of the industrial commission is not set up to protect employees its only serves employers best interest this is a one sided agency this sadens me and has had a direct negative affect on my life survival

Tracy Givens, Richmond, VA
2 months ago
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We need workman comp to do what they were to instead of leaving people out to dry it happens all over this great country I know two people personally that have been shut out by workmans comp

Hugo Galle, Shepherd, MT
2 months ago
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i completely understand your situation, minerva! i once burned my hand at my first job…i was being yelled and cussed at by the manager, causing me to be distracted, and as a result burned my hand with water i was running out of a bunn machine set at 300 degrees! it was assessed by a supervisor that it was my own fault for being distracted…they did pay for my er visit, however, there was nothing in the first aid kit, so when the fast food business slowed down, i had to drive myself to the closest store to buy my own supplies! also, i was told that if i left to go to the er i would be fired…this being my first job, also young and naive, i complied! i dealt with hours of pain and suffering…i not only had to work with customers, but also handled food!!! another job was as a custodian job at a school…i dealt with many injuries and even covered another custodians duties, all without getting any workers comp or even overtime! anytime i said anything about it, i was told that until i was tenured(which u have to work for 3 full years to e tenured) that i could be let go for any reason… the last job i worked at, i was an unarmed security job at a food distribution center. we had experienced a drive by shooting(this was in a bad part of town) and i had my first full blown panic attack. at that job, there is a 90 day trial period that, for any reason, they can let you go…i was 2 days from making it through my trial period when i was fired for going to the hospital! there are many employers that take advantage of their employees and things like this need much more attention and regulation that are given now…especially when the employees are young adults that are naive and dont know that much about their rights!

Jimmi Taylor, Wilmer, AL
2 months ago
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Workers Comp now benefits the employer and does not give a darn about the injured worker.

Thomas Demos, Edmond, OK
2 months ago
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I am a worker

Sharon Rucker, Golconda, IL
2 months ago
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The workers comp process is too long and coverage is often insufficient. Safety regulations are not enforced at many businesses, and workers suffer. Perhaps if employers are forced to pay more for workers comp, they’ll enforce safety regs in the first place and prevent injuries.

Victoria Nash, Grovetown, GA
2 months ago
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I’m going through a similar situation.

Michael Dominique, Toledo, OH
2 months ago
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I am on worker comp. Also

Sonya Wilkins, Gainesville, GA
2 months ago
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Federal oversight and standards need to be implemented to protect the backbone of America….the workers…!

Ronald Goodwine Jr, Clairton, PA
2 months ago
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I support this petition for All workers compensation is a bunch of scam ring that you can’t even do anything Money Talks all the time but there’s always someone watching

RIGO GARCIA-CARRILLO, Watsonville, CA
2 months ago
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EITHER FEDERALLY REGULATE WORK COMP SO THAT FOLKS HURT AT WORK CAN SURVIVE THAT EVENT FINANCIALLY, OR RELIEVE COMPANIES OF THAT, BUT ALLOW A FREE LEGAL AID POOL FOR EMPLOYEES WHO ARE INJURED ON THE JOB TO GO BEFORE A JURY FOR A DETERMINATION AWARD. SEE HOW FAST EMPLOYERS WANT WORK COMP BACK.

Simone Balkema, Cincinnati, OH
2 months ago
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If a person is injured at work and cannot work due to the injury, the person shouldn’t be penalized for it. Not only do they need the equivalent pay they can’t earn from work, but they need additional monies to pay for their injury and medicines.

Why is the Government penalizing disabled?

Ramona Criddell, Oxon Hill, MD
2 months ago
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Flagrant abuse of agreement and injured employee

William Henry, San Francisco, CA
2 months ago
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I care about fellow human beings, let’s join our efforts to make this world a better place.

Stacie Linden, miami, FL
2 months ago
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Billion dollar companies should be paying workers compensation, not the taxpayers. Unfortunately I’ve seen way too many hard working, honest Americans fall into poverty and have trouble putting food in their children’s mouths because of greedy companies and politicians. Why should we, the hard working average Joe, suffer because of an unsafe work environment? I too have been injured on the job and was denied any sort of compensation because of what they called a “technicality”. Thank God I have private insurance and was able to be treated promptly, but most people don’t have that luxury. I do not think every worker should be getting gobs and gobs of money, because many a time the injury occurs due to employee error and they try to scam the system. However, those who deserve the compensation should get it and shouldn’t be struggling to put food on the table and keep a roof over their families heads.

Jake Kerlin, Cedarburg, WI
2 months ago
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My husband is dealing with the same problem!

Heather Lydon, Decatur, AR
2 months ago
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Workers comp needs to step up their game with helping people that R seriously injured!

Pamala Maston, Orlando, FL
2 months ago
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I’m in the boat, a back injury from a job and nothing but the pain as compensation for it.

Jay Lundry, Denver, CO
2 months ago
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My husband also had a worker’s comp case a few years ago. When he had to come to some kind of settlement with them, he was informed by the lawyer that it is a federal law now that you can not get a lump sum payment and have medical coverage for the injury. He had to choose whether to take very small monthly payments and have the medical, or a lump sum payment.

Carolyn Sue Record, Hyden, KY
2 months ago
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I have seen this in action and feel I too have been rail roaded in the past. The state supports the big business interests.

John Gilmore, Geneseo, NY
2 months ago
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Minimum Federal Standards for Workers Comp is a necessity in the modern workplace. We need to have a basic standard.

Khary Bentick, Houston, TX
2 months ago
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I live with these kinds of problems myself.

John Goodwin, Pawtucket, RI
2 months ago
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injured workers always have to get a lawyer to get the treatment they need

Sharnjit Purewal, Clovis, CA
2 months ago
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Workers deserve basic coverage and basic health rights. At least.

Jon Chappell, Spokane, WA
2 months ago
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i too am a victim of the corrupt workers comp system in California The system is geared to benefit the employee and destroy the employee.the corruption goes all the way to the atty you hire who isn’t interested in your health or loss of livelihood!!! it must be rehabbed!!!If the employee did not have to spend years fighting the system and just get needed healthcare in a timely manner they would have better chances of retuning to the work force.

Lisa Smith, Ridgecrest, CA
2 months ago
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Workmans Comp does not give anybody enough to live on. Comp cases get pushed aside by the insurance companies. This needs to stop NOW.

Richard Fowler Sr, Fredericksburg, VA
2 months ago
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I lived the misery of dealing with workers compensation. The system is a joke!

Alisson Diaz, Brooklyn, NY
2 months ago
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WC does not protect the employee, it protects the employer. I work for a research hospital with more than a thousand employees on my campus and the WC doctor is available one day a week.

Ann Mathews, Denver, CO
2 months ago
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I’m a business owner that just had an employee get the worst treatment after a car accident. Thankfully he’s able to work again. But I had to help support him in order for him to make it through. Just for him to get screwed in the end by the workers comp company. So good luck, hopefully something week come about from this.

McKenzie Curtis, Redmond, OR
2 months ago
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I’m signing because my arm was crushed at the workplace due me falling after stepping into a hole in the concrete floor. I have been treated horribly by worker’s comp and the doctor I had to use who hated worker’s comp and discharged me as a patient as soon as he could. I have a 10 inch vertical non-union break and two 3 centimeter non-union horizontal breaks in my humerus, and I was released as “cured.” WC was abused for years; I know some folks who abused it. Those of us with legitimate claims should not be paying for that!

Janis Rooks, Palestine, TX
2 months ago
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My husband has been in this situation for 6 years. All he wants to do is get better and back to work.

Laytinya Carlson, Novato, CA
2 months ago
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I AGREE WITH THIS PETITION, BUSINESSES AND WORKERS COMP. SHOULD HELP AND COVER ALL AMERICANS

garry loh, bronx, NY
2 months ago
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I am a worker al so i had bad experience with workers com.

Rajesh Saseendran Nair, Baytown, TX
2 months ago
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I’m signing because all companies and insurers should honor their agreements with all workers, and tax payers should not be the ones paying for disability injuries.

Gerald Tichy, Oxford, CT
2 months ago
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My son got hurt at work. Certain things have not been done even after being requested. Still dealing with worker’s comp.

Joy Black, Barnwell, SC
2 months ago
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I am suffering a similar fate with WC and I cannot believe the insurance companies are allowed to behave in such a manner.

Todd Steele, Lake Oswego, OR
2 months ago
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Halliburton, had their company doctor/chiropractor sign off on me returning to work the night of a broken leg & ankle, torn ACL and other injuries to my leg. This was after the criminal chiropractor viewed the X-Rays at the hospital he wasn’t authorized to be at, because he wasn’t a doctor.

We need serious new laws to prevent these criminal acts, with minimum prison sentences and immediate removal of ALL medical licenses for doctors who do this.

I hope people will wake up and realize it’s the employers that are committing all the workers comp fraud, you just hear about the employees because the employers REQUIRE a non-disclosure agreement before they settle ANY case. They tried it with me and I had them screwed because I documented everything they did from day one and burned thru $130,000.00 to prove a point! They settled the day before we were to go to court for the penalties hearing.

Bryce Christainsen of Grand Junction, CO was the Chiropractor who signed off on me returning to work the night of a broken leg.

D Mahony, Camarillo, CA
2 months ago
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I own a small business and my workers comp rates have quadrupled over the past 10 years. It is horrifying to think it could be for nothing

Michael Ciampa, Arlington, MA
2 months ago
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My son has been going through a similar terrible experience and he has suffered terribly and now they won’t even supply him with pain medication

Helena Steele, Los altos, CA
2 months ago
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My father has been fighting a battle with workers comp for years. His injury has caused him physical, mental, and financial devastation. Instead of being protected by workers comp, he has become a victim of it.

Ryan Bright, Monument, CO
2 months ago
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So where do we go for relief when our worker’s comp falls short? We have no choice but to turn to Social Security Disability Insurance, Medicare and Medicaid for lost wages and medical costs. This means that it’s American taxpayers, rather than worker’s comp insurers, who shell out tens of billions of dollars a year to make up for the cuts. Nobody wins in this.

Damian Imbrey, Dayton, OH
2 months ago
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I’m signing because if a employee is injured on the job and a doctor states this injury was caused by a work related injury and there is no evidence of intentional injury, workers compensation insurance should pay up. It’s that simple.

James Guthrie, Mesquite, NV
2 months ago
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I’m signing because assuming injured employee is guilty of fraud is just wrong.

Richard Strahm, Medford, OR
2 months ago
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We need to be certain that benefits are not reduced in response to insurer or state pool profit performance. Workers Comp is supposed to be for the benefit of workers.

Genevieve Carter-Kline, Spring Creek, NV
2 months ago
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I’m only in the first minute of the included video and I’ve had enough of the torture you deliver! This is NOT how you treat your employees! This is NOT HOW YOU TREAT YOUR EMPLOYEES!! Need I say it again? I hope not, because has CROSSED THE LINE like so many other situations where someone or some people, or many people in fact, get treated unfairly! I will not stand down to this tyranny. I will not allow this. HEAR our call for better worker’s compensation. LISTEN to our outcries, our outbursts against this cruelty!

William Shinal, Selma, NC
2 months ago
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Employers should be held accountable for their actions

Uanita Black, Inglewood, CA
2 months ago
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I’ve had the misfortune of being laid-off and know how hard it is to live off of unemployment.

Larry Schmidt, Hartford, WI
2 months ago
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Everyone deserves the right to be able to earn enough to support themselves and their family.

Adrian Willis, Decatur, GA
2 months ago
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Workers compensation must work!

Joe Bonds, Savannah, GA
2 months ago
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Workers Compensation will make offers and they take forever knowing you will get to a point that you will take anything just to live if your to injured to work. I had to take a small offer and have got to the point i can barely walk and live. This was the jobs fault for not getting me help to lift push and pull heavy pallets when i asked. You should be able to take them back to court if your injury becomes so much worse. The system is not to help the injured. It is help for the jobs to get away with paying you nothing.

ann tamburin, Gloversville, NY
2 months ago
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Employers need to pay for this benefit not taxpayers

Michele Berube, Fall River, MA
2 months ago
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I am disabled from a work comp injury and I have to fight the insurance company for every thing I need. They wouldn’t let the surgeon that had been approved for two years do my surgery. I had to go to an unknown and there were complications .

glenna shriver, Hayward, CA
2 months ago
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I have also been in the position of having to give up the battle for my rightful claim to worker’s comp for a workplace severe injury. I was to sick and too exhausted to keep up the battle. Disgusting!

Susan Bracken, Draper, UT
2 months ago
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I have been on workers comp with shoulder and elbow injuries since 2010. My first shoulder surgery was for adhesive capsulitis. Caused from having to wait too long for treatment. This surgery would have not been needed if workers comp didn’t make me wait so long. They have 3rd party companies who have never seen me before denying that what my surgeon says I need to recover.
Once your Injury is proven legitiment. They need to stop all the roadblock strategy and take care of us so we might get back to work a soon as possible. There are too many of us legitimately injured workers hung out to dry. The system is broken.

richard Jeffery, Sacramento, CA
2 months ago
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It’s the right and just thing to do.

Keith Warrick, Roswell, GA
2 months ago
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If hurt on the job I want to know that after working for almost 40 years, I don’t lose everything

STEVE CLINE, Baltimore, MD
2 months ago
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To protect workers right and stop using SSI, Medicare, and Medicaid for an all inclusive benefit. It”s not. Work comp is a benefit, and it is not being utilized appropriately

Marie Briggs, New Baltimore, MI
2 months ago
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I’m signing because worker’s comp needs to be reimplemented in all jobs and for every state. We, the people deserve a fair, mutual bargain.

Kayla Maunu, Fort Worth, TX
2 months ago
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This petition was very well written. And it is absolutely the truth.

Lynda Ingraham, Albany, NY
2 months ago
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workers have been allowed to become as disposable as paper products in this country

michelle donahue, Corpus Christi, TX
2 months ago
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Utah privatized it’s workers compensation fund under the Leavitt administration years ago, and the same thing happens to people here all to frequently.

Scott Lott, Pleasant Grove, UT
2 months ago
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“Let them eat cake!”

Todd Skobjak, Wilson, NY
2 months ago
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Liz olivier

Elizabeth Lamark, Lafayette, LA
2 months ago
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I received workers comp years ago and two years later they tell me I have to pay it back. They should stop employers from not responding in a timely manner and letting them just fill out paperwork two years later and make the person pay it back. That is unfair!!

Theresa Moya, Tonopah, AZ
2 months ago
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The same happened to me A work injury and disabled since 2000 and ridiculed and living in poverty had SSDI until this year at 66 years old and took a very small cash settlement for permanent disability not offered any other job with the company after 16 years Main part of settlement was future card for life which was retroactively recalled and blamed on Arnold Schwartenger I have had no job training and am in fear of losing my home and only medical is Medicare thru SSDI and now Ssi and does not cover any healing holistic stuff or pain management and no chiropractic acupuncture physical therapy now have Kaiser
And have had mental illness and deep depression and residual affect of bad balance and have fallen many times and now in a trick bag because the Ssi is just above limit do can not receive Food or housing assistance and no medical and company virtually off Scott free and completely intimidated me and
Forced me out and did not offer modified work nor any decent worked comp only lasted short time Znow no home phone no internet may loose home and Safeway prospers and actually was bought out and anyone hurt was pushed out and not compensated and done actually suicided and I have been hospitalized for depression after being hurt working 16 years and planning to retire at a ripe age not be forced out and into poverty and put on the burden of the Government rather than workers comp and Zi thought future benefits could not be taken away but they stopped paying any treatment and the lawyer did not even get all bills paid and said I was lucky to get $10,000 settlement and some to go in a fund to replace Medicare for a small amount and lost my original medical which I was told would be same and was talked into early retirement as approsed to being set up to be fired. Ripped off and then put at Gov discrediting and in poverty in such an expensive town and fear being homeless. Cut off home phone internet Tv all extras and fear to loose home and not enough to pay for Med or decent med and no dental and having to borrow for dental work Depressing

Linda Scharg, San Francisco, CA
2 months ago
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I am signing because I am in the battle right now.

Toya Coffee, Fitzgerald, GA
2 months ago
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take care of Americans

George Shaheen, Virginia Beach, VA
2 months ago
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Why do we need petitions to get things that we all thought we had already I am so fed up with the states controlling laws we need one set of laws for all Americans. We are no longer the United States of America.

Jeffery Classen, Brighton, MI
2 months ago
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businesses should be accountable for poor working conditions

Melody Sachko, Pittsburgh, PA
2 months ago
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This is unfair for all employees. It’s just not fair! We should have the right to receive money if we get injured at our workplace. Especially if we are permanently disabled.

Rosa Ruiz, Los Angeles, CA
2 months ago
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IM GOING THROUGH THE SAME THING HERE IN CA MY CASE WILL BE 15 YEARS OLD ON 4/23/2016 .IM WORRIED I WILL BE HOMELESS IN A FEW DAYS. MY PPD DISABILT WAS CUT OFF IN 11/11/2015, WITH NO MOEY I APPLIED FOR FOOD STAMPS AND MED-CAL I’M ALSO PENDING TOTAL BILATERAL KNEE SURGERY WITH NO MONEY.I ALSO WANTED TO THIS TOO.TO MAKE PEOLE AWARE OF WHAT I’M FACING EACH DAY .THANKS FOR LETTING OTHERS KNOW HOW BAD WE NEED HELP.

SHEILA FOREST SCOTT, INGLEWOOD, CA
2 months ago
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It’s only right .

Ellen Lacey, Jacksonville, IL
2 months ago
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Some of the work I do is in the Workers’ Compensation system, and it’s a terrible, adversarial, dysfunctional mess.

Steve Shannon, Los Angeles, CA
2 months ago
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Promising support and not providing it is lying and states and federal government tax us every penny they can yet they won’t support us back when we need it.

V J, American Fork, UT
2 months ago
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Do what’s fair!

Laura Lessly, Sparks, NV
2 months ago
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I’ve had to put up with WC bs myself.

john baudat, porter, TX
2 months ago
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I was injured on the job in 1995 so I understand just how important workers comp is

Gregory A Butler, New York, NY
2 months ago
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It’s the right thing to do….bri

Brian Orluck, Warren, MI
2 months ago
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Some of us are trying to work towards the independence from financial assistance. However with these idiots not keeping up with workers comp or employers raising income earnings in alignment with inflation, it is only making more and more of us have nothing but the choices of which rely on tax payers’ dollars. If they want us to wean or stop dependence from these forms of assistance, than people need to step up and keep their damn promises/words.

Barbara Slover, Sacramento, CA
2 months ago
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I am in the same situation. Lost a 6 figure career after listing most of my right hand. Fought WC for 9 years. Lost who I was as a person due to what it did to my family and life.

Joseph Ohlrich, Universal City, TX
2 months ago
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although people are abusing FMLA, if you are seriously hurt then you be protected by the workplace and the federal government.

Ulysses Edmonson, Detroit, MI
2 months ago
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I was injured in a wc case. My employer refused a workplace accommodation after I returned to work from a neck and low back surgery. I was transferred to the mailroom which was in violation of my FMLA. Due to their negligence, I injured my left shoulder and had to have surgery. It took almost two years of court hearings before I got the surgery. This is so disgusting and employers need to stop this nonsense and need to be held accountable for their actions.

Kathleen Staite, Las Vegas, NV
2 months ago
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I am on workers compensation and see the need for change myself

Charles Shoemaker, Tulsa, OK
2 months ago
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I work for Oakland Unified School District for 24 years retired on a disability retirement on Social Security and my worker compensation In the state of California won’t do anything to the insurance company for all the bad treatment they put on workers, malicious conduct, All kinds of unlawful termination to qualified Injured Workers it needs to stop

Edwin White, Antioch, CA
2 months ago
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to tell you to sign up for s.s.I. and s.s.d.I. don’t let any lawyer you will lose. appeal every time they tell you you do not qualify.

c bianco, Orange City, FL
2 months ago
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PLEASE APPROVE! THIS REDICULOS TO SAY THE LEAST!!!

Celeste Martires, New Britain, CT
2 months ago
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The system is so rigged — it’s time to fix it.

Ronald Burch, Covington, LA
2 months ago
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And even if the companies are licensed to have their own workers compensation insurance that gives them a bigger incentive not to pay injured workers cause they follow the same weak guidelines as the states.

Tracey Thompson, Milpitas, CA
2 months ago
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Can’t imagine what kind of life it would be if injured on the job and not cared for……never thought that was possible.

Marie Krochmal, Eagle, ID
2 months ago
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Stop the burden on social security and Medicare for claims and damages that should be paid under workers compensation.

Donna Aldridge, Ozark, MO
2 months ago
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Emloyeees injured deserve protection.

Denise Smeltzer, Sanford, FL
2 months ago
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I also was injured on the job
Thank God I had a husband who could take care of me. WorkersComp is a nightmare.

sally mcknight, Stockton, CA
2 months ago
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I work with workman’s comp cases everyday. These people go through hell to get any proper or speedy medical testing, or treatment. There is so much red tape involved, and so many wind up with surgery, but not before they go through pain, and long fights with insurance companies.
Please sign this even if you have never experienced this, your time might come and hopefully the system will change for you .

Barbara Wantuch, Spotswood, NJ
2 months ago
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It happened to me, too. And it can happen to you.

Julie Phillips, Elkhart, IN
2 months ago
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Sylvia Myles

Sylvia Myles, Norfolk, VA
2 months ago
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I work with workman’s comp patients, and see it everyday. These people go through hell to get treatment. They wait so long for needed tests, and so many of them wind up with surgery after waiting so long.

Barbara Wantuch, Spotswood, NJ
2 months ago
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I’m signing because I agree.

Teddie Parker, Lauderhill, FL
2 months ago
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I’m one of those workers – injured on the job (twice) I received a paycheck each period for the 2nd injury. There was no possible treatment for the first (cracked rib) but what gets ME is the lack of required preventative measures and post-injury corrective measures and enforcement – along with (as in the video) harmful and unnecessary delays for treatment due to bureaucratic requirements.

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Larry Pines, Middletown, NY
2 months ago
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I know first hand and understand what she and many of us have gone through when it comes to being treated this way and drove into poverty. I am now forced to live well below the poverty level and unable to afford what could bring some physical comfort to my disabilities. This should not be the way people are treated when the fault was not theirs for loss of their productivity.

Linda Miller, Kansas City, KS
2 months ago
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Yes.

Danique McPherson, Laurel, MD
2 months ago
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I am in same boat.

Sunita Bhandari, Exton, PA
2 months ago
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I am in a similar situation. After 2 years of comp benefits I too have been shut off. I am in pain everyday and after one unsuccessful surgery the doc says nothing can be done. My long term disability says I should be able to find some job (so they won’t pay)but no one will hire me. So I live on SSDI & I’m broke

Keith Sachko, West Newton, PA
2 months ago
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I am signing because the American people work very hard to keep America strong. The American people deserve to be protected as we have dedicated our lives to protecting America. This treatment sends the message that we are only useful when we are supporting America’s cause; the moment we are injured or incapacitated, we are of no use to America.

Christina Armieri, Brooklyn, NY
2 months ago
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Being self employed I am aware of the premiums employers must pay for W.C. It is an exhorbitent expense that every American business must bear. The insurance companies should be forced to comply to the same standards when providing coverage to injured workers as states do when mandating laws that force employers to comply with w.c. regulations.

Bill Godfrey, Johnson City, TN
2 months ago
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This need to be addressed FEDERALLY, especially in states like Texas, where businesses have loophole after loophole businesses can disappear into and not have to do a single damn thing to cover one penny of the expenses a worker may face if they get injured ON THE JOB!!!! THIS IS SAD, DISGUSTING, AND JUST PLAIN WRONG!!!! The Federal Government needs to step up & protect workers NOW!!!

Linda La Valle, Andover, MN
2 months ago
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My wife went through the same thing and had back surgery and it left her disabled and can not work. So I am with you and feel your pain.

DOUGLAS BRUNO, sherburne, NY
2 months ago
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This is not the first case I have heard of with the same results!! Employees need to be treated better from their employers when they are injured on the job. It is many months – mostly years – before they see any compensation…by that time they are sicker and in debt – or have gone bankrupt! So not fair!

Cynthia Bouchard, Webster, NY
2 months ago
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My husband has been in the workers comp world since falling 5 months ago. The treatment he has received I can only describe as ” third world”.

CL Deery, Maquoketa, IA
2 months ago
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I SUPPORT THOSE THAT HAVE EARNED IT

glenn mason, potter valley, Philippines
2 months ago
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I am signing this because when u work it is taken out of your paycheck nothing in America is free not social sec that is taking out of checks too and it is not what you all call a nothing, it is our money u have used for the govt., and screwed us people out of our money if we would have not contributed and put into a bank acct on our own we would not be damn poor

lynn winfree, apache jct, AZ
2 months ago
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I am signing this petition because it’s the truth. Workman’s Comprnsation only pays 1/3 of your salary. I am going through the same thing myself right now. Worse, about 95% of people I have talked who have filed a Workman Compensation claim are terminated by the employer. What? It’s ridiculous that even when the Workman’s Compensation doctor tells you that you need a lumbar pillow or etc but still refuses to help pay for whatever even the Workman’s Compensation Doctor is telling you, you need. Then, you can’t work anywhere else really because of your injuiries yet you cannot survive off Workman’ Compensation . Workman Compensation Doctors work to save the company money, not help the injured worker get healed.

Carolyn Taylor, Arnold, MO
2 months ago
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This is insane! Give this lady her Dann meds!! And enough money to live on! Does anybody care anymore?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Doug Meyers, Mount Horeb, WI
2 months ago
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I’m going through the same

Yudith Miramontes, Colorado Springs, CO
2 months ago
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Been there. Minerva deserves better.

Marilyn Johnson, Ellenwood, GA
2 months ago
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I was recently injured at work, too, and was out of work for 6 weeks. My worker’s comp check was $350. TOTAL. For all 6 weeks of lost full time hours at $15.50 an hour. AND I now owe them $15 because they said they overpaid me!

Angela Wilson Moroney, Buckley, WA
2 months ago
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Because i didn’t even realized that it was that bad for workers compensation, i knew it was bad but not that bad. Just wow, talk about getting screwed. You got my signature.

Derek Agnor, Roanoke, VA
2 months ago
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I experienced the same problems with workers compensation

Clovis Perry Perry, Little Elm, TX
2 months ago
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If an injury is caused by lack of safety standards in the workplace, then the workplace needs to foot the medical bills.

Jeanne Moenk, South Euclid, OH
2 months ago
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24 1/2 yrs on worker’s comp …I too believe that should be a minimum..it’s an Aweful feeling wanting to work and not being able to..and the insurance industry doesn’t want to pay..and we suffer

Jane Shelburne, Dundalk, MD
2 months ago
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I have a similar situation with worker’s comp.

William Kashner, Quail Valley, CA
2 months ago
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She need to be compensated for her injury, since it happened in the work place.

Eugenia Smith, Griffith, IN
2 months ago
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I have suffered in this as well.

Suzy Sheridan, Tyler, TX
2 months ago
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Because I too was denied a valid work related worker’s comp. claim. The American taxpayer funded S.S.D. programs is a sanctioned looting permitted by our own governing officials within our country. Insurance companies get a free get out of jail card of their responsibility to a valid work related injured employee and no one wants to do anything about. Millions upon millions of taxpayer defrauded-looted every single day. No one from the Inspector General’s Social Security Fraud office is really doing their job. Cruel and unusual punishment is a constitutional violation, Bill of Rights. So worker’s compensation practices must be investigated to discover why these frauds are allowed and a worker’s rights appear to be so easily neglected and violated.

Ginger Ferrer, Manchester, NH
2 months ago
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I have been done dirty by work comp and the state and no help and then they don’t even want to pay for the pain management that I have to have because of the injury and they don’t pay the bill or the prescription. I have to pay out of pocket Medicare will not pay for a work comp injury and they want make them pay they take food from my family’s mouth and make my kids do with out because I have to pay for something they should have to pay for. This is not fair nor right to treat us this way. I was a nurse and my job and career was taken from me because of a patient on drugs and hurt me now I suffer and my family does I don’t get enough to pay my bills and doctors from my Ssi check they left me for the dogs and don’t care. Something needs to be done about this and fast so many people are done the same way. And all they are worried about is money that they make a lot of people’s insurance company’s and people that pay the insurance to cover workers. Help wake up people don’t make us starve and no money to help us

Sherry Varner, Dayton, TN
2 months ago
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I was put in the same position in 2007.

Connie Wilson, Oakland, MD
2 months ago
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I am also a result of this flawed Workers Compensation system. Everything stated in this petition is what I experienced. I also live under the poverity leves and if I didn’t have a son that isn’t married I would be a street per son. It took me over 10 years to be granted Medicaid. I am not one looking for a free ride as I am educated and a Registered Nurse who has worked from the time I was 14 years old working at a Dairy Queen. After I was injured I became a disposible per son. I felt that I was injured in the line of duty like one injured in the line of duty. There are so many horrible trials that I experienced. Way too much to list here. Employees don’t have any lights. There are obviously many more who are left disabled and in poverty.

Barbara Mikno, Westminster, CO
2 months ago
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I was an Insurance Claims Adjuster for over 25 years and know 1st hand the Worker really does get the short end of the stick. States’ even changed Regulations to attract more Business giving them reason to come to that State. Work Comp Courts favor the Business and Insurance Companies and not the Worker and even loss of limbs pay little to the Worker. I just feel in general injured employees do not get what they really should.

David Burnett, Yukon, OK
2 months ago
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WE IN AMERICA SHOULD NOT HAVE TO DECIDE THIS ISSUE IN 2016

jan williams, Capitol Heights, MD
2 months ago
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Workers compensation should be abolished. Nobody can pay their bills with workers compensation, and damn sure cant afford any of the medical bills. I also have been a victim of workers compensation malpractice. They force you to go to a doctor of their choosing, and those doctors will say whatever they want them to.

Frankie Edging, Carlsbad, NM
2 months ago
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Workers compensation is suppose to help the workers when they are injured on the job. But in most situations they don’t. A worker has to fight for everything & it should not be that way. There is so much that needs to be changed. They are so much against workers then they’re for them & that is so wrong! An injured person should not have to be thrown in to poverty because they were injured on the job. Isn’t this the United States that we live In?

Donna Leingang, Yakima, WA
2 months ago
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Social Security will not give enough to get by either. They will not approve anybody anymore. No matter how much you are disabled. They gave it to so many people that don’t need it and can work that there is no money left in reserve. They have more money going out than in.
My friend who had cancer and was terminal finally got approved and his first check came when they put him in the casket. That was years ago. Now he would be denied.
They don’t care about us hard working tax payers.They are too busy chasing prostitutes and stealing our money.They only worry about getting caught in their game.
The people in the position to help with the Americans that are deserving of it only want to move up the political latter. So they think that by opening the boarder to the south and allowing the worst of other countries problems with people they don’t want to jail and feed, that they will look like they care about you and me. They also want to allow terrorists in under the impression of being a humanitarian.
Our country is spiraling out of control and I feel like it will never recover. We are going to hell while our government is telling you about how good it is. How bad will it get before people demand change.
While everyone signing this has empathy for you and your situation, and that of millions other. Our government could care less and sad to say that they never will and it is only going to get a whole lot worse. Good luck to you

Bill Thompson, Springfield, KY
2 months ago
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I too was injuried at work…2 injuries…and am not getting the benefits that I should be getting…not fair for working 20 years and now living day by day

Gabriela Rosic Smeraldi, Coram, NY
2 months ago
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I have also been abused by the system. When they weren’t happy with the diagnosis the doctor gave, they sent me to a doctor that would do what ever they would say. With no treatment from this doctor I was released back to work after 7 weeks. I will never be able to do the job that I was doing and have to be retrained. With no income coming in my family is in real danger of losing our house until I can get back to work.

David Taylor, Warren, MI
2 months ago
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i needed workman’s comp at one point in my career and it was a Godsend…the peace of mind got me back to work asap

moe gavin, east aurora, NY
2 months ago
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My wife is in the same predicament

Richard Bosse, Peabody, MA
2 months ago
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Because companies do that so they won’t have to pay and ppl work their butts off. Get hurt and suffer for it.

paula eckhoff, cadet, MO
2 months ago
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nancy deal

nancy deal, Gallipolis, OH
2 months ago
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My husband is receiving workers comp for a work related injury that out him out permanently from ever working again. It was a long journey & for some reason the doctors as well as the comp board feel you don’t deserve the money you worked for

Tina Anderson, Villa Rica, GA
2 months ago
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oh boy — I feel for you and others like you. My boyfriend was permanently disabled – not as a worker – put a patron picking up his lumber. He is still waiting for compensation for his suffering. No wages as he worked for himself. He was close to death as no Dr would touch him without insurance. we were very lucky that the man who came to look at my house for sale (could not afford to keep it) also worked for a great NJ Surgeon. My guy is fixed! This Dr was willing to perform life saving surgery without being paid because ‘he cared’ and did not want my guy to die — and his story was so unsettling. He has also gotten zero yet from social security. We have lawyers for all this. Shortly, we expect justice to settle this whole thing. Heart felt prayers to all who deal with similar situations.

Debra Mitchell, Belvidere, NJ
2 months ago
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I am tired of innocent employees getting the shafts by corporations.

Debbie Lange, west chester, OH
2 months ago
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I’m signing because I can and because I think people matter and this matters.

Joseph Fults, Dublin, OH
2 months ago
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When you are legitimately hurt on the job you deserve compensation!

virginia buck, heiskell, TN
2 months ago
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I too have been injured on the job and the process that one is put through is enough to make a person say F*** it! I’ll just get better on my own. That whole system needs some serious attention.

jason larson, Tacoma, WA
2 months ago
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My mother is fighting a denial of worker’s comp right now.

Nicholas Chase, Eugene, OR
2 months ago
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Injured workers should be treated fairly. Tdw

Thomas Whalen, Bloomington, IL
2 months ago
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.?? Please join me in calling on Congress to implement minimum federal standards for worker’s comp.??
Please clarify exactly what those standards will be ,, if not you will be wasting your time .
We really need a Workers Bill of Rights.

Allen Thurman, Lake Jackson, TX
2 months ago
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I’m signing this petition because I too am in a very similar situation involving attorneys and doctors who teetering with unethical methods of working with my former employer.

Ronald Brickhouse Jr, Hampton, VA
2 months ago
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my dad is in a similar situation, the money given from worker’s compensation is way too low

Leticia Medina, Oceanside, CA
2 months ago
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Same thing happened to me.

Salvador Puga, San Antonio, TX
2 months ago
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I also fall under this worker’s comp poverty stricken SSD fighting for my life to provide for my dependants and not making enough to survive.

Tina McNulty, Chittenango, NY
2 months ago
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It is ridiculous that an injured worker would not have their needs met, let alone be plunged into poverty because of a workplace injury. What is happening to Minerva is a travesty. But by the Grace of God….

rebecca Novak, Youngstown, NY
2 months ago
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I’m been having trouble with my case can’t pay bills checks to small it’s a crooked system that needs to be in favor of the person who’s life has been changed forever I’m a victim of this can’t get the help when you need

Eric hutcherson, Mannford, OK
2 months ago
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The government wont pay to protect people here in the USA but they can sure give israel billions of dollars,for what?they could go to hell,help people here not in israel where they are murderers n killing thousands of palestinans

javier calderas, San Antonio, TX
2 months ago
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Worker’s comp is a joke. I was injured at work too, and Liberty Insurance would just send me to their doctors on their payroll. Then, they would send in a new medical report to the board (all the facts except my name would be wrong) and payments would be stopped – I would have to go to a new hearing again & again. The system is designed to wear you down and make you feel psychologically just as bad as you do physically. Big companies and big insurance bully workers this way, and worker’s comp boards allow it. What a joke. There was a man who had been shot at work, and the insurance company was allowed to stop his payments with a medical report that said, “this man was injured at work because he fell…” No, he was shot in front of lots of people. Worker’s comp is a total injustice to workers who are already hurt. Blame the victim, so the big power house insurance companies don’t have to pay. They pay “doctors in their pocket” outrageous fees to send in false reports. Really Big Joke on the American Public. SAD.

Sharron Barnum, Gaithersburg, MD
2 months ago
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I am in full support of this position because I have first-hand experience in this matter (second-hand, actually) as my husband was denied much needed surgery on his tendons in his left knee when he fell and three of the four tendons were ripped from the bone. He finally got approval for surgery more than two years later and had to go out on disability. The paycheck was so little that it didn’t do anything to help us with bills and rent! The settlement was ridiculously low for the seriousness of the injury! Please, sign the petition….

susanne bettis, Springfield, MA
2 months ago
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Yes the company are responsible for the employees who are dedicated to their company.

Maria URRUTIA, New Braunfels, TX
2 months ago
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Worker’s compensation is screwing me too

Michael Brody, Raleigh, NC
2 months ago
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Been there, done that, got the t-shirt

Lawrence W. Gresh Sr., Brunswick, OH
2 months ago
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I was injured on the job and needed w.c.its important

Roy Linderholm, Waukegan, IL
2 months ago
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I was injured at work and work comp treats you like a criminal. I had to get injections and therapy and then surgery and more therapy. Now I have fibromyalgia 😦

Connie Gudgel, Bement, IL
2 months ago
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I am signing this petition because I feel that we all pay into workers compensation for help in an on the job injury that leaves a worker in a not able to work status. This is not ethical for our workers compensation to not work for us after years of paycheck deductions.

Deborah Cinkovich, Bonney Lake, WA
2 months ago
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Worker’s comp needs to be held responsible not the American people.

Randy Pendell, Muskegon, MI
2 months ago
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I, too, am currently suffering from the lack of Workers Compensation from an injury I had on-the-job. They do not care about the injured; only the employers.

Monica Rucker, Decatur, GA
2 months ago
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corporations suck

Jamie Pigg, Wickliffe, KY
2 months ago
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This is unconscionable! How dare they do this to you, after you gave them so many years of service?

Mrs. Amitrano, Yonkers, NY
2 months ago
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The system is broken and needs to be fixed.

Scott Clarke, Des Moines, IA
2 months ago
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I too have been bouncing around with the workers comp system recently.

Mark DiNoto, Ocala, FL
2 months ago
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Women and men should be paid the same

Stacy Rutenberg, Southampton, PA
2 months ago
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i live through the same thing

Geneva Wright, Dothan, AL
2 months ago
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I’m in the same boat!

Ana-Lilia Muñoz-Perdaçher, Upland, CA
2 months ago
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Shame on you for cutting compensation to injured people. They didn’t ask for this or deserve it!!!

Doris Sagucio, Ewa Beach, HI
2 months ago
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I too, have spine problemsand have been fighting w/c my employees and now living in proverty.

Tonya LeGrair, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
2 months ago
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I was injured on the job and had multiple surgeries and almost lost my life bc of it. It took way too much fighting between lawyers and work comp to pay bills and settle. It was ridiculous the money i received to have a life time of pain and addiction from prescription pills now. Was never my plan to live n poverty. The laws for work comp has to change

Jane Dixon, Hillsboro, MO
2 months ago
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I care

Maja Guevara, New York, NY
2 months ago
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I’m signing because I was denied workers comp.sighting that it wasn’t a work injury,when it truly was.

Vicki Pierce, Muncie, IN
2 months ago
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I have been through this experience. It does plunge the worker into immediate poverty!

Rebecca Belcher, Dayton, OH
2 months ago
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Workers comp failed me too.

Erika Billedeaux, Glendive, MT
2 months ago
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The working class is always making sacrifices in time of difficulty

Gregory T Waller Sr, Detroit, MI
2 months ago
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I personally know several people who have been screwed over by workman’s comp

Gary Hall, Fayetteville, AR
2 months ago
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Insurance companies have bought off legislators through campaign contributions and other means to get the upper hand so that they do not have to pay what is right. Either give the workers the support needed to be able to exist or give back the right to sue their employers.

Ron Allen, Covington, LA
2 months ago
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I agree that workers comp does not help the injured worker I would have never guessed it until I was at a town meeting and over heard all the people discussing there injuries

Kae Griley, Christmas Valley, OR
2 months ago
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I’ve watched two close friends suffer because of worker’s comp. One signed away her rights for a tiny settlement because she became financially insolvent; the other lives with such pain that he cannot even muster the strength to go to church anymore. This young man can’t work because of the pain, but he’s been declared only partially disabled. Worker’s Comp doesn’t want to keep paying for his medications or treatments. He can fight, but these cases become all-or-nothing: take this deal or risk losing and get nothing. Federal MINIMUM standards would be a step in the right direction.

Twila Stephens, Pomona, CA
2 months ago
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Not only do we get next to nothing and with me it was their negligence and illegal action but I also haven’t had medications paid for in the last 3years or more. No reason, never went to court because there is no actual DENIAL! UNFAIR AND NOTHING I CAN DO! And lawyers seem to drop you like a hot potatoe but you must have one. So I hurt every day and so it Jills me to work but then SSI says I’m all better cuz I did work! Ugh!!

Dava Seifert, Oneida, NY
2 months ago
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Worker’s comp insurers are typically private companies, but they are given protection by the state from lawsuits and more, all for the sake of lining their pockets and giving their investors big dividends by denying services, medications, and such for any of their patients.

Darryl George, Roseburg, OR
2 months ago
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My husband was on workers comp and I know first hand how flawed the system is

dionne burton, Shreveport, LA
2 months ago
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I believe the people of this that worked and now can’t should not fall into poverty. The country’s companies forget who made them, the workers. We need corporate America’s billionaires to remember that.

Keri LeLoup, Monroe, NY
2 months ago
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Hell yes! My fiance went through the same thing and was denied all the way and he was blamed for the injury saying he had arthritis which we ended up having private ins pay for his surgery that his company was at fault for. WE NEED DRASTIC CHANGE!! PLEASE EVERYONE SIGN FOR YOUR RIGHTS!!

Cyndie Hernandez, Wayne, OH
2 months ago
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It’s not fair we live like poor folks and can’t do anything because of are injuries

Armita Leos, Walnut, CA
2 months ago
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The facts are clear that what Minerva has experienced is very typical in the world of injured worker versus the workers compensation process. They are on the side of the employer and could care less about the injured employee.They will drag your case out as long as they possibly can while you go bankrupt or lose everything that you have due to no income. They also delay your medical care to the pointy that by the time you do receive treatment you are probably worse off medically. This system needs to be changed.

Porcha Bowers, Lynwood, CA
2 months ago
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Everything she says is the truth.. Stop walking on the backs of the working people

todd cartwright, johnson city, TN
2 months ago
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My experience was similar. My Open Medical settlement is ignored by the insurer. They effectively closed my case.

George Flynn, Petaluma, CA
2 months ago
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While I hate to give the Federal Govt any more power, when the states do not live up to their responsibilities, there does not seem to be a better option.

Sue Rodman, Placerville, CA
2 months ago
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This is more socialism for the wealthy and vicious capitalism toward the workers and the poor.

Gary Cook, Cincinnati, OH
2 months ago
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She shouldn’t struggle to put food on her table while this useless congress & reps make over 100k a yr for sucking at doing their jobs

Julio Resto, Mystic, CT
2 months ago
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I went through the same nightmare myself. I was one of the lucky ones! I feel your pain!

Glen Gall, Freehold, NJ
2 months ago
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I see this every day it’s crap we got here and we work these jobs that don’t pay anything to begin with and then you don’t want to pay when I get injured on the job to help with that we shouldn’t be sitting at home in poverty not able to eat or even try anything

Kimberly Parrigin, Shepherdsville, KY
2 months ago
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When you do your fair share of the work, and then become injured there are bills to be paid as if the injury never happened. Illness and injury Do you not comprehend financial strain.

Amanda Sides, Cape Girardeau, MO
2 months ago
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I believe worker comp is garbage and I was forced off workers comp and told I was able to return full duty when I was still injured

Nicholas Fisher, Tinley Park, IL
2 months ago
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I was eventually fired for having a stroke because the operator never told our companies department that my doctor had a question

Andrew Philiba, Katy, TX
2 months ago
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Because the government should also be responsible for their workers also take care of their own employees that get hurt on job instead of just sending you to pain management doctors so you can get hooked on pain pills

Beverly Feminella, Vicksburg, MS
2 months ago
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I went through the exact same situation 10 years ago, finally having to go on SSD, dont feel bad taking SSD, you have paid for these benefits through the years of working.

william haeger, Hill City, SD
2 months ago
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I agree

Lucretia Wallace, Katy, TX
2 months ago
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Because if I get hurt at work I want to be sure that my work comp. Covers me for everything I may need.

Carley Anderson, Minneapolis, MN
2 months ago
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We need right s fr American workers

Steve Mason, Noel, MO
2 months ago
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This happened to my son and he worked for the state of North Carolina.
He had a piece of machinery fall on him. He followed protacal also but after only paying him $300. a month for 3 years they just stopped
So I agree with you something needs to change.

Marla Abbe, Auburndale, FL
2 months ago
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No worker should lose coverage

Robert Moline, Antioch, IL
2 months ago
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I was also injured. I never received the medical help that would have clearly identified my true injury. An MRI found the damage to my spine. 2 surgeries later I am fused L3-L5. Most of the pain is gone now. I do have times where everything below my waist goes numb and cramps are a constant. We need reform. We need it now.

David Glazener, APO AE, Kuwait
2 months ago
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I became homeless as a result of my WORKMAN’S COMP
S.C.I.F. resend my claim even after my case was accepted

Maria MARTINEZ, Wildomar, CA
2 months ago
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I’ve been fighting workers comp since 07/21/2003 I know how you feel

Connie Burgess, Franklin, OH
2 months ago
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I was injured and received the same thing. I needed surgery and received an impairment rating of 1 (one)! That’s was before the surgery, to repair a complete rotator cuff tear! I do understand struggle

Gail Hardy James, Houston, TX
2 months ago
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I also I’m a victim of Labor and Industries, aka WC.
They don’t care about the worker, their family and destruction it causes.
Why did I work so hard, why did I pay into a system that has also left me disabled!

Karen Killgo, Waikoloa Village, HI
2 months ago
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I am a disabled, displaced worker, and after being off work and being run “through the system” for FIVE years, I totally agree solid serious and lasting changes are needed NOW.

Sean Graves, San Gabriel, CA
2 months ago
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Every govmt program pays the lowest they can by law regardless of age or problem. Mean while the poor can never hope to get ahead and often borrow funds at exhorbitant interest just to get by.

Ronald Stewart, The Dalles, OR
2 months ago
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Workers Comp System needs an Overhaul!

Kevin Dugan, Glendora, CA
2 months ago
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I’m signing this petition, so people like Minerva can get better protection, while on Workmans Comp.

Rick Davis, Newport, WA
2 months ago
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Sadly Minerva, we don’t count. We are a burden to companies today. It has been like this for nearly 15 years now. Companies look at worker’s differently due to the stock market. Powerful CEO’s realize the more “fat” they can cut from their payroll, the bigger bonuses and stock options await them. The company’s stock price goes higher (higher E.P.S.) and more millions come “their”way.
Now I know why MetLife’s Disability Dept. was telling me to file for Worker’s Comp back in 2008. MetLife knew I was bring my case to a Court of Law. Reading your story I see I would not have had a chance to sue Verizon and MetLife and the crooked “IME” doctor, used by a “third party” company to examine you. There is not enough space here to tell you what I found out about these “IME exam’s (GOOGLE IME exam’s). The ENTIRE system is RIGGED against disabled workers. My wife wrote many letters to every high ranking politician in the Northeast East, to help us in our battle against Corporate Greed. The Insurance Company’s are one of the most powerful companies in the world. They have powerful lobbyist’s down in Washington that sway Judge’s-YES. I am going to tell you the truth and you’re not going to like it. Before this destroys your life-quit. My 20 year marriage was destroyed, Verizon did not listen to my doctor’s and did not accommodate me properly. Verizon thought it was OK that Verizon managers made the “medical” decision what was deemed accommodating ! I needed emergency triple by pass surgery to save my life at 48 ! I lost my job at Verizon and now collect S.S.D.I. because Verizon took 7 months to obtain an ergonomically correct chair for me. Verizon then lied to ALL to the Courts involved saying it “only” took 3 months. I had documents showing Verizon & MetLife both lied to ALL the Courts. The Courts did not care. I called the SAME vendors Verizon uses to obtain the chairs for it’s worker’s. I recorded ALL the calls with the vendor’s. All the vendors told me that they could have a chair shipped to lower Manhattan in a few days, a week to 2 weeks, if the chair was not in stock. A co-worker called me at home and said the Verizon mangers were keeping your chair in a closet until I could not work any longer due to my pain. The Verizon manager’s lied under oath in their depositions. You will not get JUSTICE sadly. You can not beat a rigged system. Move on, while you are still alive.

Richard Hammer, Fountain Hills, AZ
2 months ago
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My son is, currently going up against Workman’s Comp. due to a back injury incurred on a job site. He was a temp. worker to to do a job that three other people were supposed to do. He was hired to do a different job. He had to get a lawyer and will be going to court in May. I’m not holding my breath. He is 31 years old and walks with a cane and in a lot of pain due to collapsed disc in his back. They hired a second doctor to examine my son because W.C. did not like the first doctor’s diagnosis. It has been 3 years.

Diane LeDoux, Omaha, NE
2 months ago
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Justicia a los trabajadores

Eduardo Anavitarte, Yauco, PR
2 months ago
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This is all too common an experience.

Helen Wise, Northampton, MA
2 months ago
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I’m signing because if I can’t sue I should be able to have plenty of money from my job to cover it!

Emily Wolf, Alpharetta, GA
2 months ago
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New York State Workman’s Comp is stopping my needed surgery .

Jon Bacon, Camillus, NY
2 months ago
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I’m going through the same thing.

Emanuel Perez, Tooele, UT
2 months ago
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Workers are being exploited and employers know that they won’t be held accountable for negligent acts.

EDWARD RECHISKY, Richmond, IL
2 months ago
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Follow through on Worker’s Compensation. Uphold agreements between workers and employees.

Bruno Rauch, Marana, AZ
2 months ago
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It’s absurd that this even requires a petition

Wood Glass, Butler, AL
2 months ago
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My heart breaks for you. I too am “stuck” in this horrific system. People just don’t understand how bad this system is and how much you lose financially, physically and mentally. People think oh just get a job, yeah right.

Janice Cavanaugh, Warwick, RI
2 months ago
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Anyone who signs this petition, should also sign the petition on this site regarding ending predatory healthcare pricing, as I believe this and the workers’ comp issue are related, or at the very least, predatory healthcare pricing certainly affects those who are left without the proper financial support by workers’ comp. Check out that petition to learn about the unsavory, dishonest, startling and un-American deal that our government has allowed the healthcare industry and insurance companies to arrange with each other. Although reading about it will likely make you think there is less hope for the success of this workers’ comp petition, as government certainly seems to side with corporations over individuals, especially when it’s a choice between siding with an entire industry of corporations over individuals, but that shouldn’t stop you from signing both of these petitions and spreading the word about the injustices that were the impetus for creating these petitions. We should always speak up when we are being treated unfairly, and especially when the government that was created to protect and serve us is doing nothing to prevent it, and in some cases, is actually knowingly allowing it.

Jeff Pattawi-Gamlin, Westmont, IL
2 months ago
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This is so true. I myself struggled with a workers compensation claim years ago.

Cheri Velez, Metropolis, IL
2 months ago
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Employers need to be held accountable for injuries caused by their negligence. Worker’s comp doesn’t cover the employee and neither does the employer. It’s a free for all for the employers!

Donna Goebel, Laramie, WY
2 months ago
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As an employee you pay into Worker’s Compensation. The standards have been cut back drastically in to many states. A standard does need to be set. If your pace has gone on more than five years, And you’re still having serious issues, then you should file for permanent disability. Otherwise you do become a drain on Worker’s Comp. therefore draining the funds The employee is not paying into anymore. If you have worked for a company more than 10 years, The workers comp doctors should assist in getting the disability put through in a timely manor. Unfortunately workers comp, and disability does not allow you to maintain certain luxuries in life, but it should at least allow you to maintain a stable standard of living with medicine, food, and shelter.

Joyce Ayres, Hawaiian Gardens, CA
2 months ago
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a similair instance happened to me. I had (still have actually) bilateral carpal tunnel, bilateral epicondylitis and right deqaurveins syndrome. When I went to my surgeon he asked what was bothering me the worst at that time, I told him the right side. After many months of treatment on that side, and following a surgery to perform dequarveins release on the right side, I started seeing him for the left side (he felt it was best to treat one side at a time). Well turns out, my statute of limitations had already expired on teh right side because it was treated in a timely manner. All because my surgeon didnt feel he should try to treat both sides at the same time. I got an attorney and tried to sue for the right to have treatment on the left side, and they denied me. I never received benefits and to this day have never received treatment for my left side issues.

Shelley Hiler, Georgetown, KY
2 months ago
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I’m signing because my mother is going through the same thing

Jazmine Martin, La Puente, CA
2 months ago
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America was built on the backs of the American work force

daniel keeney, Gettysburg, PA
2 months ago
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my husband has been dealing with worker’s comp for over 20 years. They still baulk at paying for his meds even though he has lifetime med.

jane kessler, Olivehurst, CA
2 months ago
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It’s the right thing to do.

Susan Hallock-Whitley, COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
2 months ago
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I don’t understand why our government protects companies and corporations rather than the employee’s who risk their health to work. Protect the worker!

Chip Davis, Salem, OR
2 months ago
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I have a similar problem, I get very limited assistance from workers compensation. It wasn’t my fault I got injured while I was working.

Maria Elena Trevizo, El Paso, TX
2 months ago
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The worker suffers more now than ever. These companies’ insurance companies drag their feet in getting you treated in a timely manner. This must stop.

Martha Hart, Fullerton, CA
2 months ago
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We need to do more for the workers and make sure they get the appropriate care from Worker’s Comp and not only that but ensure the Labor Department keeps track of what is going on.

Scott Berry, Billings, MT
2 months ago
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I was injured and left permanently disabled at work in 1999 and had much the same experance. Except I did not receave surgey for the disableing cervical injury after fighting the insurance companys for 5 years. Then found out the judge that saw my case was not only elected with funding from the company I worked for but the insurance company as well, and on top of the the judges wife is a defence attorney for insurance companys. Conflicts of intrest? I would think so. But it does not change the facts of fruad and criminals perpatrating itself as government in this country!

craig arbtin, Idaho Falls, ID
2 months ago
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I am in the same boat, got injured at work, went into debt,& now it’s been challenging..

Aileen Acain, Kihei, HI
2 months ago
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WE NEED BETTER PROTECTION SO WE WILL BE REIMBURSED FOR OUR LOSSES. ..

Don Drain, Newark, TX
2 months ago
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Something similar happened to me. I had a job of a lifetime until I got hurt. The company couldn’t wait to throw me out no matter what I did. Now I struggle on disability.

Tony Crichton, Clay Center, KS
2 months ago
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It’ ONLY human.

Mary Gharibian, Woodland Hills, CA
2 months ago
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Your situation is so unfair and unjust. It enrages me. So I will gladly sign your petition. Take care.

Mary Ellen Russell, New York, NY
2 months ago
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Similar situation to someone close to me. This is sickening and change is needed immediately!!! Many lives are being destroyed due to this.

Lissette Jimenez, Hollywood, FL
2 months ago
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I’m signing because I am tired of paying insurance companies that actually do everything they can to not respect their part of the contract. As an employer, i pay a lot of money every year for workers comp. I do expect this company to do their job when the time comes…

Xavier FAJARDO, Ann ARBOR, MI
2 months ago
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Working in a phisical job is dangerous and if you have a accident you need to have a standard for workman’s comp coverage.

Troy Lundin, Rockford, IL
2 months ago
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I am disabled due to poor equipment maintenance a 900lb door feel on me at work. These insurance companies try to get out of anything they can!

Michael Oros, Lee, IL
2 months ago
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This could one day be more of American stories.

Angela Davis, Cape Girardeau, MO
2 months ago
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I am in the same position.

frederick satchell, Garland, TX
2 months ago
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I’m going through the same thing

dave marchesi, Southwick, MA
2 months ago
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The injured worker especially in Texas has been on losing end for a very long time. We need new laws that supports the injured worker and not the company

Sandra Hudson, Dallas, TX
2 months ago
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I was injured while on the job at Walmart. I went to the hospital via ambulance where I received a shot of morphine for the pain. Immediately afterward I was taken to the clinic that Walmart uses for their employees for drug testing and medical evaluation. I told the people at the clinic that I was given morphine at the hospital and that it would probably show up on the drug test. Three weeks later, after going back to the clinic for Doctor visits and physical therapy, Walmart wanted another drug test because they said the first one was dirty. I already told them it was going to be dirty. I even got a document from the hospital stating that they gave me morphine. Exactly one month later Walmart called me and told me that I was fired for gross negligence by not giving them a second drug test! Well, luckily I managed to secure legal representation for the workers compensation issue. Now I need to get legal representation for unlawful termination. I just hope my attorneys are good because I just know Walmart’s will be.

jason martindale, Las Vegas, NV
2 months ago
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I am a victim also.

nancy mendiburu, san diego, CA
2 months ago
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Bring back the right to sue employers.

Barbara D’Incau, Ventura,, CA
2 months ago
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Workers compensation is important to me. Maybe some day I’ll need it, and if I do – I wanna be helped, not hindered.

Evan Wofford, Roanoke, VA
2 months ago
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Some day it might be me or YOU!

Don Nadzieja, Mokena, IL
2 months ago
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To often in on the job injurie cases the victim is the worker who faces financial disaster. because of state laws that protect the employers who are negligent in their duty to protect workers in the workplace. Employers spend billions of dollars to get state laws changed to benefit their bottom line. We need federal law to protect these workers in states that strip workers compensation laws and put an undue hardship on the working class in this country.

Joseph True, Roscoe, IL
2 months ago
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Because I know it’s true. The “right” to sue the employer–a joke b/c you may not make enough $$ to afford an attorney! Why not like auto cases? Contingency fees v. the employers’ insurance, what’s wrong with that? Workers’ Comp doesn’t work b/c Gopers are always defunding everything they can and WC is a vulnerable target.

Bonnie Westerlund, Grass Valley, CA
2 months ago
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I have seen first hand coworkers injured at work and denied. Because lobbyist along with the extreme right wing republican politicians that control Oklahoma State Gov. Sold out to corporations!

Jacky Mitchell, Ramona, OK
2 months ago
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Workers comp is something that is so easy to overlook until you need it!

Mairead Raftery, Fairfield, CT
2 months ago
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Because workers comp is a joke..

Charles young, Pueblo, CO
2 months ago
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I got hurt 3.years ago also today is my birthday I’m 34 and get strong pain on my leg I was hurt during a demolition in a hordored house the guy who hired me and my friends from “All Trade Services in Chicago” told me just to take a week of while I recovered and to return to work then upon returning he fired me for the Injury he wanted some time to pass so I woulntve able to file a claim and get coverage I got left jobless and in pain with bills after almost cutting my lag off and receiving major stitches to hold my muscles together

rafael borges, Chicago, IL
2 months ago
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I am also disabled (but do receive disability pay until I turn 60 and it rolls over to a normal pension) and can understand the frustration she is feeling. To get hurt at work (like me as a Firefighter/Paramedic) and not receive pay for the entire time your disabled is atrocious! This is horrendous and some one need to stop this kind of thinking and start thinking of the person that worked for them and was injured on the job.

Scott Hauf, Round Lake, IL
2 months ago
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Been there. Done that. And the same people who whine about the safety net costing too much are the same ones who are driving up the costs!

Anne Tarr, Sewickley, PA
2 months ago
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Something similar happened to me. Injured my leg, wasn’t able to work, took almost a year before I started receiving payment and physical therapy treatment. If I had been able to start it right away, it would have been much less of a problem, but I had all kinds of scar tissue in the muscles and tendons that cause me pain and hinder my mobility greatly. I wasn’t even compensated a decent amount. In about 2 years time I had received a total of maybe $3000. Pathetic, absolutely pathetic. This nerds to be addressed ASAP.

Christopher Ziadeh, Garden Grove, CA
2 months ago
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I’m in the midst of this struggle.

Irma Allen, Oceanside, CA
2 months ago
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I have also had to deal with the disaster that is worker’s comp. .. you have my support and sympathy

Craig Robbins, San Antonio, TX
2 months ago
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Because I’ve been there and know hard bad it is.

Jeffrey Cardace, Melbourne, FL
2 months ago
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Workers compensation is a way to help hurt workers it should be a level playing field across the country!!!

Doug Thierry, Newport, NY
2 months ago
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Everyone has a right to fair and equal review of their case. No one should have to go bankrupt because they were hurt on the job.

Marlene Patton, San Antonio, TX
2 months ago
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This is my work future!

Brian Bird, Perkasie, PA
2 months ago
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It’s the rite thing to do and I see the same results going on in one of my family members workman’s comp case.

James Carder Sr, Columbia, SC
2 months ago
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AND THE “SELF INSURANCE” MODEL IS A SCAM…

Brian Inzer, OXR, AL
2 months ago
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I am struggling with workman’s comp now.

Melissa Sheffield, Enterprise, AL
2 months ago
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My family has had to deal with WC before. The pushing off of payments and questioning the doctors has led to severe permanent damage that could have easily been avoided.

Angela Walter, Lancaster, OH
2 months ago
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Workers have rights and big companies and insurance are always the winners!

kirk beckstead, San Francisco, CA
2 months ago
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My wife went through the same thing.

Bryan Winebrenner, Cumberland, MD
2 months ago
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Workers Compensation NATIONAL DISCUSSION that includes Voices of Injured Workers

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Assume Responsibility

I know I’m going to get flamed for this blog post, but I have always committed to telling the story the way I see it.
 
I have taken on insurance companies and their executives, doctors and other medical vendors, attorneys and the legal profession.
 
Politicians of course haven’t escaped my vitriol, and employers also haven’t escaped criticism.
 
The only workers’ compensation population that hasn’t been met with cynicism has been injured workers.
 
There’s two sides to every story, as they say. 
 
Most in the work injury protection schema do good deeds most of the time for most people. There are some times when things go awry, either intentionally or negligently. I get that. There are also laws and regulations that don’t work effectively, or have contraindications which contaminate too large a population. I get that too.
 
Workers’ compensation, or any form of work injury protection system, requires a lot of people to synchronize. Synchronicity is not easy. Sometimes the harmony goes awry. That’s how life is.
Recipients of system failures get a raw deal. Sometimes it’s corrected. Sometimes not. Sometimes the correction doesn’t meet the expectations of the recipient and other times it exceeds expectations.
 
Most move on, find their new paths in life and return some positive energy back to the world. They aren’t in the same place they were before injury, and certainly it’s a struggle to shift directions, particularly later in life and particularly if unprepared financially and emotionally for an alteration to the expected path.
The vast majority do move on, find positivity in life, strive to make the most out of it, and refuse to let life get in the way of living.
 
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. 
 
I’m sure that will change now.
 
Here’s my gripe: these unmodulated venters are all about negativity, and offer nothing to resolve either their own issues, or the issues facing the workers’ compensation institution.
 
These folks have taken to the immediacy and vast reach of the Internet to let the world know about the work injury commercial complex; how all of workers’ compensation is out to get them, and you too. They rail about injustice, and about conspiracy, profits, and ill will towards all.
 
They hijack award systems to claim, incorrectly and falsely, victory andacknowledgment.
 
Even after being adjudged fraudulent themselves…
 
If your opinion opposes their’s, then crucifixion and burning at the stakes begins and doesn’t stop until the witches are excoriated.
 
But never, ever, is there a solution suggested, or any attempt to make a positive change. 
 
Just victimization.

You may not choose to BECOME a victim, but you do choose to REMAIN a victim…
You all know who I’m talking about. I know you’re upset at bloggers, at TPAs, and a whole host of other people connected to the work comp environment, and this is fueled by your personal experiences. I completely understand your emotions and what you believe in.
You have drawn ire from people in the industry, but it’s not because you are being vilified, or because they have a disdain for the injured worker with a voice, or any other malicious reason.
It is very simple – you offer nothing positive relative to change.
Anyone can complain. Few do anything to effectuate change.
Drawing attention to the negative does nothing to further the conversation, offers no solutions, provides no road map.
It’s easy to foment revolution, but revolution without offering a solution (and not nationalization of work comp or calling in the National Guard) simply ends with anarchy.
Some have gone as far as criticizing their own – people who are working hard at making changes in their own way. There is a visible injured worker population who are doing something POSITIVE. They have taken their rage, disgust, observations, and done something that helps others. It is long, it is tough, it is out of the ordinary – but it is effective, demonstrates a solution and one that will likely result in positive change as organizations review and study what is being done and then implementing it it their own systems.
It simply is not enough to complain. Everyone has a complaint. A complaint without a solution is bullshit. You may as well just dig a hole and hide because no one is going to pay attention.
Everyone knows that bad things happens in work comp and that there are profiteers off of the injured. That’s no secret.
So what are YOU going to do about it? 
Working outside of the system, criticizing others, denigrating the institution, doesn’t help anyone, anywhere, and in fact makes one simply a militant.
The answer is to work WITH the system. Everyone does it in their own way. They work, and work hard, with other people that WANT to make a difference understanding that this is not a one person job; hell, it’s not even a job for a community, but a job for an industry of people.
Maybe I call them as I see them, but I also work with the top leaders to help with change.
It doesn’t happen quickly. Heck, sometimes it doesn’t happen at all.
But other than publish vicious attacks, why not study the system, study the law, the regulations, and PROPOSE solutions that a politician or regulator or chief executive, or any other leader can endorse and work with?
What has happened, through this militant virulence is that your credibility as an activist is suspect because you attack everyone (and I’m sure to end up on that attack list because of this post).
 
Here’s the deal: Too many people don’t want to assume the same level of responsibility that they presume for their rights.
 
If you want change then make change happen with action. Actually DO something POSITIVE. Blogging, calling others names, denigrating the institution – none of that matters. 
 
What’s YOUR solution? How are YOU going to step up and BE change?

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  • Darren Fonzseau has left a new comment on your post “Assume Responsibility”:

    Possibly the one’s who need to “accept the responsibility”are the profiteers conspiring and stacking the legislative, economical, and judicial deck, against the injured workers grand bargain, for profits to start with?
    And the Nationalization of workers comp is not offering a solution? And lets go down militant road. I would say the man in Neveda who shot the work comp adjuster, was the one being militant. I would say Dr.s & insurance co’s who maim and deny for profit are being physically and economically militant. I would say industry mouth pieces, who arm themselves with guns and bullets, and feel the need to blog about that fact, are being militant. Out of fear of the injured they like to ridicule for voicing their valid solutions. Injured workers who blog and call out the bad players, for who they are, are not militant, but exposing those who conspire to harm for profit. Injured workers (are) offering solutions, just NOT OPT OUT!, but Single Payer as a solution. A Solution that folks who profit off the industry do not want to hear. And if the solution does not align with the conservative cost containing capitalist, then the injured workers trying to have their voices heard are shunned and labeled as militant. Just because the majority of sheep bow down and accept the abuse of their oppressors, does not mean we all have to. You yourself have reported on the injustice in workers comp, yet your answer for the abused are to learn to just accept an endure the abuse of their oppressors.
    Its not just the injured workers offering single payer or Nationlized care as a solution, but many other labor activists as well.The injured are offering solutions, just folks in the profiteering industry do not want to hear, nor agree with a solution that folks can not profiteer off. Brain Labor Report 2-24-2016 – State of workers compensation http://www.kskq.org/index.php/127-brain-labor-report/3902-brain-labor-report-2-24-2016-state-of-workers-compensation

    The injured, especially the non catastrophic ones, are being bullied and cost contained out of their grand bargain, you know this, and yet your suggestion is to just find a way to accept it, and learn to endure what the profiteering capitalist “GODS” have dealt us. So would you tell the spouse of domestic abuse to just learn to accept what their abusers is doing to them as well? Just because their spouse is more profitable, and powerful than those they are abusing? Is it the folks in the industry labeling the abused who are crying out about the abuse, as radical, crazy, or militant, just what the abusers in domestic relationships do to those they victimize? The injured workers are getting organized, and are doing more than just blogging to have our voices heard, and to expose the abuse of an industry that has ran amok, all for profits.
    How Workers Compensation Bully’s Injured Workers.

    [Read More by Darren Fonzseau on LinkedIn…  “Fighting for the Grand Bargain and the rights of injured workers” ]

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  • Thanks for making my point Darren.

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  • Thank you for the censorship of the injured workers points of view, as well. I don’t know why you fear what injured workers have to say on the matter. What is it about our solution of SINGLE Payer, that scars you so much? All’s you did is make the injured workers point as well, that those in the industry that blog about it, are part of the problem, and do not want to hear the real solutions the injured have to offer.

  • Record straight – I (David DePaolo) did not remove or censure any reply to this post. Darren removed those himself (“This comment has been removed by the author” references the author of the comment, not the author of the blog).

  • David…you are so right, as I too have been attacked by the very person whose comments you removed. Derangement is in the air not only in politics, but elsewhere. Attacking a research organization out of New England that has nothing to do with injuring workers is a sign of derangement. Conversely, so too is attacking annual meetings of another organization that collects data for the industry to use. My writing has always been about speaking up for all workers injured on the job, including the ones who have been most harmed by bad actors. But the flammers are not the only ones who do harm. Those with big titles in the industry who ridicule new ideas, no matter how far fetched and outside the box, or border it is have also done harm by insisting that real change is not possible, so we just have to be content to keep doing the same things over and over again, and expect different results. Given what many of our fellow bloggers have written about the transition work comp is going through, it is clear that in the future, it won’t really matter what either side says, there won’t be work comp anymore, just one silo — health care.

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  • Deranged or not? I have been invited by one of my State Senators to share my passion’s and views on the plight of the inured workers, before our humans rights commission. Possibly if our system is making folks “deranged?”, it is broken and harming the very folks its there to supposedly help to start with. And the only injured workers you have blogged about, are a couple of the very same injured workers, David is also chastising here today. And just for the record, David only censored one of my comments, it was I who removed all the rest. Have you been invited by any of our nations leaders,to speak at any of the human rights commissions on the injured workers plight? I didn’t think so. Possibly your not “Deranged” or out raged enough about the harm being done to the injured workers, all for profits of a few, for our leaders to care about what you have to say on the issue. Just saying. Possibly it was a derange workers rage, that got Sen. Sanders and the other nine Senators to speak up about the harm happening to injured workers to start with. U.S. Lawmakers Call for More Oversight of Workers’ Comp https://www.propublica.org/article/lawmakers-call-for-more-oversight-of-workers-comp
    Of course I wouldn’t expect any of the industry bloggers to report on these facts, that our Senators are worried about the same issues, that the so called militant injured workers are trying to get exposed. Are these US Senators “Deranged, and militant as well? For suggesting Single payer that would get rid of the profiteering insurance cartels? Hmm? I wonder.

  • 1 of 3 comments: Hi David, We have turned to you in the past because you seemed to be one of the few people in workers compensation who are willing to acknowledge “the bad actors”, the fraud perpetrated by employers and others.
    Don’t take this wrong, David, but I wasn’t surprised. Not because I believe in what you have written about injured workers but because I thought that the industry “actors” would pressure you or that you would feel pressured to lash out in writing against some of the injured workers who are blogging, expressing themselves in what seems to be the only avenue we have. I believed that you would take this path for self-preservation within the industry or to help an industry that, as you wrote in the past, one of the industry vendors said to you, “David, you know that this {industry is dirty}”.
    I think that you already know this. We, injured workers, have taken other steps, many other steps. Those steps include contacting law enforcement who refuses to take any complaints against those in the WC industry who are committing crimes against injured workers including heinous crimes of maiming, essentially assault and battery of injured workers during WC medical procedures. Not only myself, but other injured workers have contacted Governor’s, including Jerry Brown’s office, Senators, Congressmen, Assemblymen, district attorney’s offices, news media, ProPublica, etc. We seem to have exhausted all ideas, thus, are left to write about our experiences if nothing else, but to warn the public.
    Some of us are in chronic pain not only because we were injured at work but, as in my case, I was systematically maimed by workers compensation “network medical providers”. My phone has been tapped since shortly after I filed a workers comp claim and still is tapped. My e-mails and computer hacked. I have been OVERTLY aggressively stalked, intrusions into my home several times, tainting of food and refreshments including ice-tea in my refrigerator, WC documents stolen out of my home INCLUDING a receipt from the DIR for the 84 pages of Exhibit’s that I turned in for trial, medical history stolen out of my home, camera lens finder gone from my home, my dog has been poisoned, my car vandalized several times, electronics in my home stop working, I was systematically and brutally maimed during workers comp medical procedures in particular the last lumbar ESI wherein I was brutally forced under anesthesia against my advance directives and maimed from my skull down to my tailbone no doubt out of some depraved strategy on the part of the defense, documents including my anesthesia paperwork have been falsified, I have been refused copies of documents at medical providers, I have been refused items that I have requested since January 2014 including a taped phone interview that I was recently informed is maybe missing, medical tests both inside and outside of workers comp falsified and much more. A workers comp investigator showed up at a medical visit outside of workers compensation and they cooperated with her!

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  • 2nd of 3 comments:
    I have repeatedly tried to get law enforcement, DIR, DWC, WCAB, and many others to help but to no avail. I have spoken to “applicant attorneys” who have informed me that what I have experienced “happens” to injured workers. One medical provider who used to work in the workers comp system said to me, “You have to be corrupt to survive in this business.”
    According to the “National Center for Victims of Crimes”, the campaign of crimes and harassment that I endure actually has a name – It is called “group stalking” aka “organized stalking”. I have since found out that these campaigns of crime are perpetrated against injured workers (as well as non-injured workers) by law firms, employers and insurance carriers, etc. The strategy is meant to destroy the person who is the target in several ways that include financially, physically, professionally, personally and mentally. The next step is to then lure the injured worker into a psych evaluation wherein yet another falsified medical report will be issued that indicates that the injured worker is delusional or mentally ill. A “well oiled machine” that I understand has been utilized for a long time to destroy the credibility of the injured worker.
    Injured workers are left to advocate for each other. I write about what I am going through to warn other injured workers. I approached a well known applicant attorney here in CA, shared with him what I was enduring. I asked him to join with me and other injured workers to mandate a “Disclosure Warning to Injured Workers” that would warn injured workers and hopefully, subsequently, the nation, of the pervasive fraud, corruption, crimes and strategies that are commonplace in the WC industry. He said, and I quote, “We have enough trouble trying to get medical treatment for our clients.” Well, medical treatment is not what some of us received or are receiving when we were sent to physical therapy and surgery centers.
    Take responsibility, your title says. Well, the fact is, we are. We seemed to have exhausted what should be agencies that should avail themselves to help us. We’ve learned that insurance corporations, law firms and employers have extraordinary powers.. that they can commit crimes with impunity with others who are either colluding with them against injured workers or who are just as concerned about becoming the victim of “organized stalking”. I am assured, it’s about the money!!! Therefore, we are, like WC industry “actors” do, writing down our experiences, our points of view / observations and our warnings to other innocent injured workers / human beings.

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3rd of 3 comments: Can you lend a pro-active hand and tell us, how do we get help from an industry that is driven by money that only the employer and insurance carrier has? Even the Judicial system in the WC industry is corrupt which, to my surprise, is no big secret within the industry! I’m told that the money that goes to district attorney offices throughout the State of CA is actually funded by the insurance industry! No wonder insurance carriers and their operatives aren’t the focus of crime within the WC system. District Attorney’s offices are focused on who is committing crimes to the disadvantage of the insurance carrier only, or so it seems. Going so far, I read, as participating in “malicious prosecution” of injured workers.
I have seen even the WCAB employees protect the defense in my WC claim. The Judge herself removed a two page document from my 84 pages of exhibits that I rendered before the trial and replaced it with a document that the defense attorney handed her at the meeting we had JUST BEFORE THE TRIAL. She asked me questions before the trial, about my documents as the defense attorney sat there and listened. It is my opinion that he realized that he shouldn’t put the HR Mgr. of the company where I once worked (was fired from less than 3 months after filing a workers comp claim) on the stand because he was then aware of where my line of questioning her was going. Then, Judge Gordon called me to the stand first. I learned after I was denied the right to present my side of the case, to speak on the exhibits that I submitted, tht the defense attorney decided not to call her. I had no money to pay the $40.00 plus mileage to call her as the witness so I intended to “cross examine” her. I can thank Judge Gordon of the Anaheim WCAB.
“Conspiracy” you say? I’ve heard that word several times from people within the workers comp system including during a phone call that I made into the WCAB I&A dept. as I was looking for help. It was also used by Judge Gordon as she questioned during the trial. It seems to be utilized to diminish the injured workers observations as they express their experiences and talk about fraud, corruption and perhaps crimes related to their workers comp claim – topics that you and other industry bloggers write too. I find that “interesting”. Perhaps, we as injured workers, should consider a tactic such as using the word “conspiracy” when the insurance carrier or employer whines about fraud that is minuscule in comparison.
If there are only a few “bad actors” then I and many other injured workers keep meeting them. How do injured workers “take responsibility” for the corrupt actions of others? I doubt that there are only a few. I would add that their powers have proven effective as we seek medical help even outside of the WC realm.
Regarding the blogging that a few injured workers (not myself) wanted recognition for… what was the harm in politely recognizing their efforts that are meant to help protect other injured workers?
I wish you the very best Mr. DePaolo, I truly do.

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