MyWorkCompCoach.com came about as an effort to change from a combative communcation mode in regards to what had been learned about the Workers Compensation system in the United States, Canada, Australia and the UK to a more amicable, visionary mode.
A medical professional suggested that I attempt to “Coach” other injured workers who had zero to little success in finding legal representation, securing medical care, dealing with WorkComp bureaucracies toward return to work and settlement and even fighting with Social Security administration, where costs are often shifted to by ‘the industry’ goon squads.
“Get out of work comp by any means necessary. It will kill you.”
This is what some professionals advise their friends who get hurt at work.
DePaolo even wrote an article on whether or not he should report a back injury as a workcomp claim, as he was both the owner/CEO and employee. He opined that staying outside of the system, using his regular health insurance, would most likely have faster and more positive outcome. Not long after that, he lost his life in a suspicious motorcycle accident.
David had wanted me to help the industry mouth-piece from Australia who opposes legislative change and accountability and promotes giving bags of surplus food to the poor injured workers denied benefits.
I thanked David for thinking of me, but assured him I had no interest in such a project, and that I was in favor of civil rights and human rights, not hand-outs. She was booed off the stage at a 2015 or 2016 CompLaude event; I can understand why. She attacked me, too and denies the Aussie problems, just like that nuclear mouth-piece from down under. Aussie’s share how the industry provokes ‘suicides’ of their injured workers to save money and increase profits. It happens in the US more often than any humans would like to believe, but it is one of the #Taboo topics.
That doctor who encouraged the creation of this blog suggested that very few people with serious injuries can get out of #WorkComp, and that perhaps I could share successful strategies that included a fierce social media strategy, a growing email list, and a blog and a video channel.
During that transition time from the content of ASK ABOUT WORKERS COMPENSATION GRAVY TRAINS, some industry hot shots decided to take some hard core pot shots at me, and some vile disparaging attacks – publicly – on their various blogs.
I, of course, fought back (and won! :D) but it was brutal and disheartening but good for blog views. [The doc laughed at some of the diatribes!]
Prior to that time, I had been one of the four first “Injured Workers” “honored” in the 2014 CompLaude Awards.
David DePaolo had been very kind to me during my combat time within Workers Compensation, and he was also aghast that his colleagues could not/would not help me.
First he told me nobody would help me because ‘there’s no money in it’ [uncontested brain injury – d’oh] then he told me that ‘nobody will help you because you are too angry.’
I acknowledged how awful it must be to have to recognize that one’s peers are heartless sob’s, who would rather see an Injured Worker dead than helped if there insufficient profit margin, or too much work. Here’s an excerpt from one of David’s articles.
And then of course there’s the injured worker.
More often than not, of course, the injured worker gets taken care of. Yes, there are way too many cases that are wrongfully denied, where treatment is inexcusably delayed, where benefits should be provided but aren’t – but most of the time, likely far more than 80% of the time, a claim moves relatively smoothly through the process.
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.
When I told David I was going to ‘mediation’ with no lawyer, no files, no records, just an open heart and mind, he said I was crazy and could not do that. (He had also written kindly about me that I was ‘not crazy’ but ‘passionate about civil rights and rights of injured workers.)
David lost his life in a freak incident shortly after his last blog — and nobody will ever convince me it was an accident. David was not afraid to speak out about corruption. Nobody has filled his shoes, but they have destroyed his legacy.
I’ll take it again an report back once I get through the whole course. It includes an “affiliate program” and Dr. Graves suggests gifting the course to people who need it and can’t afford it, and who can’t afford a lawyer.
Check it out…. WIN WITHOUT LAWYERS — [Note, Disclaimer: If you buy it from my ‘affiliate link’ I’ll get a few bucks to pay for some one one one tutoring and other battle matters. I have not completed the course, but I’ve already learned a great deal. It’s very good!] It’s a simple course, but not easy. I truly wish I had found it decades ago. I can hardly wait to finish the first round….
Over the battlefield, there were fake injured workers, clearly Industry Trolls, who joined in the social media attacks and stalked me on social media and infiltrated my groups.
They wanted Injured Workers to stay in misery and find no way out.
They even suggested that my recommendations for MEDIATION WITH INTENTION TO SETTLE, WITH STRUCTURED SETTLEMENT & Medicare SetAside experts– across America — was a ploy to make money. Stupid idiots, allegedly in the ‘system’ more than 20 years, on the take, and on the dope. Real Opiate casualties and worse.
In my efforts to help ‘coach’ injured workers, I have tried to provide thought provoking blogs and resources. At one point, I offered to publish a book of their stories, rendered anonymous, and collected about 20 of them. Then one stupid injured worker, who allegedly ran for ‘insurance commissioner’ and her band of trolls threatened to sue me. Ha! Idiot didn’t know that it’s often more costly to publish a book than to profit by it. I offered to do it with Love and my money. After the abuse and threats, I better understood why NOBODY WANTS TO HELP INJURED WORKERS. It’s easier to dope them up and render them stupid as cash-cows.
I moved away from the efforts but still respond when Injured Workers from around the nation reach out. Most are looking for a magic wand, that does not exist.
I have accepted countless emails and lengthy phone calls, usually thanklessly and often with threats. One injured worker, after months of attempting to get her legit legal representation, was accepted by one of the few top brain injury lawyers in Los Angeles. Her kids threatened me and talked her out of using one of the best of the best lawyers California had to offer in such catastrophic cases. I don’t know that she survived; I blocked them all upon receipt of the threat.
One injured worker was compelled to attempt suicide repeatedly due, in part, to denied medical care and horrific defense attorneys (who even complained to a Judge about lil’ ol’ me) .
When I talked with the doctor who recommended I start the MY WORK COMP COACH blog, and I told him, “Damn, this is hard. I am not qualified to deal with suicidal, drugged people and even the kids called me and asked what to do since ‘Mom isn’t moving and we had to go to school.’ What can you do?”
I quietly said, “CALL THE POLICE AND TELL THEM WHAT’S GOING ON AND GIVE THEM PERMISSION TO KNOCK THE F—ING DOOR DOWN! DO IT RIGHT NOW.”
I will never forget his response. He said, “WHO DO THINK YOU ARE, SISTER TERESA!?” He muttered something I couldn’t hear about getting in a bingo group with old disabled folks. LONG TIME WORK COMP DOC…… connect those dots, huh?
The shock on my face at his abuse must have shocked him back about his DO NO HARM oath. The session was terminated and he sort of apologized. I went to my car, in tears, and called a friend and said, “MOFO! I think I was just abused by the f—-king shrink!” My friend said, “Indeed you were.”
Over the years I have encouraged Injured Workers to step outside of the hundreds of facebook little ghettos, pockets of victims of WorkComp, and I have encouraged them to create a blog and be active on social media, with an aim to GET OUT OF WORK COMP BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY.
I knew of maybe 3 blogs by Injured Workers; The WorkComp propaganda machinery has only about 25 —SO 25 GOONS KEEP THE AMERICAN PUBLIC BAMBOOZLED with PROPAGANDA ABOUT THE HORRORS — EXTERMINATION LEVEL HORRORS – of America’s Workers Comp system. HIGHLY PROFITABLE.
They party like there’s no tomorrow, and to hell with injured dying workers.
Do you remember: DEMOLITION OF WORKERS COMPENSATION: From Insult to Injury [the 2015 investigative reporting, that even included a letter from Congress to then Department of Labor Secretary (now a hot shot in the national demon party).
At least the Canadians organize and speak out, for what it’s worth.
This year I learned that Home Owners Insurance PLAY BOOK is quite similar to WORKERS COMPENSATION Insurance playbook.
Change ‘dirty doctors’ to ‘dirty contractors’ and you know what happens next. In my 2019 fight, a $10,000 simple roof claim has escalated to over $85,000.
I just got an estimate for $9,500 to mitigate the unmitigated water damage from February.
How’s that going to work out?
Then, in efforts to stay involved in life, on life’s terms, I decided to try another time to hire a ‘publishing consultant or coach’… and some of you on LinkedIn and Twitter already know how that’s working out….
Long story short, BE CAREFUL WHO YOU HIRE FOR CONSULTING…. I JUST LOST $397 BY AN APPARENT REAL CON ARTIST, AND BECAUSE I CHECKED THE WRONG BOX ON PAY PAL, disputing that product was not as described (I should have ticked the box, PRODUCT NOT DELIVERED) I’m having a heck of time getting a refund – I paid for 2 separate ‘coaching’ calls, 3 download pdf’s, and a 10-hour package of 1/2 hour consulting calls.
She reminded me of why they are called “con artists”… Anyway, pay pal won’t give me back the money, nor will the vendor, nor will she deliver the 10 hours package, and she and her assistant smugly think they got away with it. *
If I didn’t know better, I would suspect she’s just a #ProNuker troll, #JustFollowing orders. She’s probably just a common con. She seemed so nice and knowledgeable. #Next!
Awwwww, folks should always do their homework if they’re going to screw someone out of money. The internet truly levels the battlefield, doesn’t it? My money is gone, she even falsely tried to convince LinkedIn connections that I endorsed her product — AND I WOULD NEVER KNOWINGLY ENDORSE A CROOK OR ANYBODY SUSPECTED OF BEING A CROOK. So, we’ll see how that plays out.
As Einstein or some smart guy once said, ‘Those who have the privilege to know have the DUTY TO ACT.”
Let it be known that I have never, will never, and DO NOT ENDORSE Deborah S. Nelson, or any of her various entities regarding #bookcoaching, nor do I believe a word of her ‘HELP ME, I’M DYING’ April 2019 GO FUND ME CAMPAIGN.
#BadJoke Be careful of #online scammers and other unscrupulous characters. She also apparently has the #MeToo complex…. I told her I got a brain injury at work long ago, and she said, “I got one too” — She’s an expat who apparently preys on people who want to publish books, and her tech know how is also super yesterday.
She caused a delay in time, focus and money that keeps you from reading two excellent pieces on Fukushima and GI Brains. Karma will tend to her. I’ll do what I can to get a landing page out there so you can sign up for early notice of when the books are done.
(If you saw what she did with a perfectly fine ebook cover, you would spit, too. The ‘replacement’ draft recommended mis-spelled INTERVIEW and FUKUSHIMA….. and looked like a child did the graphics, and left out 1/2 of the bio images, and had odd line breaks of an incomplete bio. )
DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY AND PLEASE, DO NOT BELIEVE FOR A MOMENT THAT I EVER ENDORSED DREAM TO PUBLISH PRODUCTS OR COACHING by Deborah S. Nelson. IN HER DREAMS WOULD I ENDORSE SUCH GARBAGE. She said she prefers ‘raving fans’ but today, she and her side-kick unleashed a RAVING CRITIC.
There are some GREAT CONSULTANTS AND ‘coaches’ out there… be discerning when find them, and expose to expunge when you find the fakers — just share your experience…. and that should suffice. We’ll make and share a list of some legit coaches and programs to check out. It’s not rocket science; it’s just particularly challenging for a concussion-ist, as it deals with timing, sequence, and structures.
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*Here’s a story about Con Artists — we’ve all met one at some point in life, haven’t we. Mitigate! Expose.