Open Letter Sedgwick Institute – LinkedIn Group Attention: to Jonathan Mast

Hi Jonathan Mast:
This was going to be a ‘private message’ but I see that Chris Mandel, Director at the Sedgwick Institute has just posted a request with the topic, “The National Conversation on WC”  and that  “….What do you think? Is the system broken or in need of major repair? Your thoughts on specifically how the SI might play in this important dialogue, is welcome.”. .
I will therefore make this an open message to you and the group, including Chris Mandel.  I am very intuitive and I have a sense of who has had his ear today, so without further ado, here’s what I wrote to you this morning, and that I joyfully share with the entire group, for what it’s worth.   By Monday, I will take another swing at the concepts here, and in the earlier blogs, and do my best to compartmentalize the issues and potential actions.
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I am sooooo excited about the potentials of the Sedgwick Institute LinkedIn group!   That sort of open forum is EXACTLY what is needed, and I applaud the effort.  Thank you again!  How can we facilitate more input from Injured Workers to save more lives?   I have some ideas.   Here are a few, for what it’s worth.
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Read at your leisure; respond if you are so inclined.
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Best regards,
Linda
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DRAFT 1
I have blogged and posted  about your new group extensively, encouraging people to request to join, and I have just gone thru my A-list on LinkedIn and extended direct  invitations.  I hope they join.  They are professionals I have met along the way, and good thinkers, and far more ‘politcally correct’ that I could ever be.
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I would like to invite, once the group is larger and more established, Dr. Bennett Omalu, of Concussion / NFL fame.  Such an invitation to your group might best come from you directly.   Let’s put that on the agenda?
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Across the boards, Brain Injury is exacerbated by current WorkComp practices, and with some immediate, reasonable and appropriate medical care, many such injured parties could likely return to work in the first year…. but as it stands, too many end up permanently and totally disabled.  The same seems to hold true for back injuries.  A study of OUTCOMES of similar injuries in and out of the industry must become a key study area for the actual “Sedgwick Institute” — imho.  
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With new energy, the conversations about Workers Compensation and Injured Workers may become more relevant.  Without it, it will just be more singing to the choir by the usual crowds.  Without new conversations, shareholders WILL be adversely impacted.  “No lie lasts forever.”
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Will you be creating a similar group on Facebook?   There is a very loud and very angry crowd over there, with some very legitimate reasons for outrage.  If you are open to creating, as mentioned in one of my posts, a ‘Si Venting Room’ as a step from the actual ‘virtual conference room’ …. I believe that Injured Workers can do a ‘brain dump’ and ‘just the facts’ can then be presented for further discussion.
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Here’s a thought:  If your group ‘admin’ team might be willing, they could help make Injured Worker rants/complaints/stories more concise, and relevant to the Sedgwick Institute aims IF THEY COULD OFFER, OR FACILITATE, ‘editing’ support…. core issues could be clearly identified, and once a problem is identified, it’s on the road to transformation.    You could send me a short note, thanking me for my interest and enthusiasm, and advise that you will or will not be creating a Facebook Sedgwick Institute group, and indicate that SI IS very open to hearing from Injured Workers — impacted by Sedgwick and others — and if the issues are kept ‘anonymous’ they can be clearly discussed for the common good.
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You can mention that even investigative reporters have commented on how Injured Workers go on and on and on from this to that, so you could offer a joint venture type event — even with help from your training department…..  Invite Injured Workers to tell their stories, unbridled, and let some of your adjusters in training or other appropriate staff do a summary for discussion?   That could be win/win/win…. and long and short versions could be shared…. and just maybe, some THOUGHT LEADERS may have a Flash of Genius in each matter.
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If I can help you further in your social media efforts, I WILL HELP.   If you will create some intense surveys, more will be revealed.  To focus solely on the OPIUM traffic could derail your entire group.  Any ‘blame the victims/injured workers’ sentiments could do like wise. If the intent is an honest platform, there’s lots more ahead!
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It is my intention to ensure that the decision making arm of Sedgwick Institute gets some real facts from the ‘battle fields’ in hopes they will incite compassion, medical care, disability benefits and settlements for the most egregiously harmed.
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I am compiling some of the ‘stories’ I have received, and the Injured Workers want anonymity, so that means the carriers and their employers get the same courtesy.   I will share it in the group as soon as it is done, in hopes that more issues can be identified and perhaps some of the ‘thought leaders’ will roll up their sleeves and dish out some solution oriented dialogue.
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If you have any suggestions for me in how I can better present the Injured Worker perspective, please feel free to share.  Here is the questionnaire I have used… and it could be further developed, without question.  I do my best.  
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A similar questionnaire could be developed to reach the attorneys, doctors, providers, employers etc.   The California Attorney Applicant Association is doing a little survey about the ‘broken work comp system’ that is, in my opinion, entirely too weak.   Such organizations absolutely need training in negotiatons, mediations and structured settlements.
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Kimberly George and I were to have a phone talk a few years ago, but it never happened.  The phone is not easy for me, post injury, but if you would like to chat, my cell is 760 368 5243.
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In any event, I wish you and yours new insights so that you can make amends to the Injured Worker populations and lead the way for others to do the same.
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According to David DePaolo’s blogs, Dave North is not a bad guy, and in fact, he seems to be a real people person at the conferences, etc.  I sent him a connection request this morning.  You might want to be able to let him know that we have made contact and while I may be somewhat of a ‘loose cannon’ … my heart is in the right place — to help save lives of Injured Workers.
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WorkComp destroyed my faith in the American judicial systems, so relying on business expertise and experience, I KNOW that lives can be saved and your industry can be revamped without harming as it does.  Teams of Mediators and Structured Settlement people could turn the tide.    It just needs some communications, willl to good and some hard core facts.  
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From an Injured Worker’s Perspective – Deploy Mediation and Structured Settlement Teams to reach resolutions

So, Good Day to you, and let’s see if we can call a truce in the War On Workers, and begin restorations.
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Thank you for your consideration and time.
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Best regards,
Linda
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