Michael A. Pinto is a chief executive officer of Wonder Makers Environmental, Inc., a manufacturing and environmental consulting firm specializing in the identification and control of asbestos, lead, IAQ, mold, infectious agents, and chemical problems. In addition to speaking at industry events, Pinto has been honored with the Golden Quill, Martin L. King Award, the Phoenix Award for Innovative Restoration from the RIA, and the President’s Award from the Environmental Information Association.
He serves on the board of the Indoor Air Quality Association and the Cleaning Industry Research Institute and…
There’s more in the Campaign…. but here’s what’s going on…. and it’s happening to others… WE DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT — WHEN LIBERTY IS IN JEOPARDY!
Got Corruption Complaints with Insurance Corruption EDD – Employment Development Department – SSA – Social Security Administration – Social Media Censorship ….. State Farm,
LinkedIn (killed my account with over 7,000 connections a few weeks ago– for posting EPA free public information about nuclear dangers across America )
State Farm and their Preferred Vendors destroyed and contaminated my house when my roof blew off 2/2/2019 — been fighting with their “Teams of Crooks” [a term used by the CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE COMMISSIONER to describe …. teams of crooks in a tweet a while back]
SSA interrupted my benefits — last checked deposited was September 2021….and they will reportedly resume payments in March 2022. This is an unlawful act of financial terrorism, triggered by asking my Congressman for assistance with the funny money/ magic math calculations of retro pay due in 2015, when SSA disability was finally awarded for a 2012 brain injury that happened at work. First they shorted the expected retro pay of $60,000 with a $25,000 retro pay payment, made to a dead bank account that it took the Department of Treasury’s involvement to reclaim.
A few months later they said they goofed and overpaid by $27,000, and that number, over the years has ranged from $44,000 overpayment to $5,500 overpayment, to the latest, $9,000. They didn’t factor in what they overpaid the Advocator company that handled the claim, although The Advocator paid it back, upon my request. They didn’t factor in the $43,000 in medical bills I had to pay out of pocket for treatment that was denied; They didn’t factor in early-retirement, that cheats me out of thousands of dollars in the longer-run. MOST IMPORTANTLY, when the WorkComp carrier was asked (by me, per EDD) to pay back the first year $50,000 payments, somebody discounted the PayBack (of California Taxpayer dollars) to $31,500. THAT SEEMS TO BE THE AMOUNT THEY HAVE BEEN APPLYING MAGIC MATH TO — THE COVER UP ALWAYS GETS YA IN THE END WHEN THE BAD GUYS USE STATS THAT ARE FAKE, PHONY AND FALSE.
SOCIAL SECURITY – WESTERN REGION IN RICHMOND CALIFORNIA – seems to be running the scam against Boomers and Injured Workers, in collusion with EDD. There are plenty of news stories all over YouTube about fake phony and false allegations of overpayments letters they are sending to boomers– DEMANDING THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN EFFORTS TO IMPOVERISH HARD WORKING AMERICANS. ARE YOU BEGINNING TO SEE A PATTERN OF DESTRUCTION YET? COULD YOU BE NEXT?
State Farm spent approximately $101,000 in 2019 TO COVER UP THEIR CRIMES, WITH APPARENT INTENT TO KILL ME. They authorized build back over a toxic environment the adjusters and their dispatched team of vendors could not have possibly not know would turn my home into a microbial danger zone and toxic dump. During the lock-down, I had to live in the house- down to studs—no insulation, no walls, no flooring for the year after the second demolition. The hotel I had taken refuge in was closed down. NO PLACE TO RUN, NO PLACE TO HIDE.
Does anybody think this looks a little suspicious? Bad luck or targeted individual? DRAW YOUR OWN CONCLUSIONS.
On a brighter note…. it would be awesome if you would check out this GO FUND ME campaign, AND SHARE IT!
IT MIGHT ALSO HELP ME RECONNECT WITH MY 7,000 OR SO LOST CONNECTIONS FROM LINKEDIN. I’ll do a special blog for them, soon. It’s like #SuddenDeathSyndrome to have been so ruthlessly disconnected from so many wonderful people. LINKEDIN SEEMS TO BE BEING RUN BY REAL ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE these days. But wait… how could that be? Um hmmm.
Odd, thought, that when main stream and other media mentions CENSORSHIP by SOCIAL MEDIA, they NEVER MENTION THE LINKEDIN ATROCITIES THAT HAVE BEEN HAPPENING SINCE 2016!! What’s up with that?
Many of us are holding high hopes for the new platform on the horizon (DoD apparently leaked, a few years ago, that FB would be shut down, Zuck ditched, and the platform dismantled and built back bigger and more powerful) — So we’ll see.
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.
Thoughts and impressions on workers’ compensation and life. Thursday, October 2, 2014
Work Comp and Baseball
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.
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.
After you read the poems, view the interview with the “Bookkeeper of Auschwitz” — taken into custody and tried in his 90’s. Ponder on the similarities between his actions and those of the 21st Century Sonderkommando operation, similar atrocities, politely called “Workers Compensation” or a derivative of such corporate and political nonsense.
Injured Workers around the world could address the “stakeholders” in their cases simply as “OSKAR” — Read on.
Many Americans work 30, 40, 50 years before becoming victims of the system, which is a death sentence, and barely escapable Death Kamps. Obviously, the same is so in Canada.
NATIONAL SHAMES. HUMAN RIGHT VIOLATIONS. PROFITS BEFORE LIVES. DON’T LOOK AWAY. IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU.
“Oskar Groening was known as the “bookkeeper of Auschwitz” for his job counting cash taken from the camp’s victims. … He came to attention in 2005 after giving interviews about his work in the camp in an attempt to persuade Holocaust deniers that the genocide had taken place.”
Then there is the matter in the USA of the Social Security Administration paying Nazi War Criminals SSA funds, while denying Injured American Workers benefits for years and years, and for further matters of incompetence and apparent malfeasance in the handling of SSA disability awards, in collusion with goodness knows how many unclean hands — that may be arrested in their 90’s, should they live so long.
The image below is just example of the #MagicMath and Financial Terrorism an Injured Worker in the USA can experience — combined misconduct in the State Disability, Social Security Disability, Workers Compensation Insurance and Long Term Disability Insurance, and neo-fascist type doctors and lawyers, most all of whom put PROFITS BEFORE LIVES… makes it truly a WAR ON WORKERS.
NAIDW.org – National Association of Injured & Disabled Workers – has some of the best virtual support groups in the land. Facebook has a bunch of groups with thousands of Injured Workers supporting one another, telling the truth, strategizing for survival. Many would like to see criminal prosecutions; others just want medical care and benefits and freedom from WorkComp atrocities.
[MEDIATION – neutral 3rd party mediation with all stakeholders, with intention to settle, is one way out. It isn’t easy, and requires a fierce social media strategy and some outside help from people of goodwill.]
There are American non-profit organizations with powerful Boards of Directors. They educate and indoctrinate college age children of catastrophically injured workers… and even offer them jobs and travel and more.
WHAT IF SUCH AN ORGANIZATION DID SOMETHING TO LEND A HAND TO THE CATASTROPHICALLY INJURED WORKERS instead of causing children to witness the helplessness, torture and abuse of an injured parent and learn quickly to remain silent in order to get a “college degree” ….. Guilt that no child should have to live with, or choices that no child should have to make. The Profits Before Lives playbooks are not unlike those of a similar killing industry – Nuclear.
If you are a worker, and get hurt at work…. by James Mansell, Canada
If you are a worker, and get hurt at work,
Better hope that it’s minor, before the caseworkers smirk,They don’t listen to your doctor, or any specialists,
Their doctors know more, that they insist,They refuse you the care, and time needed to heal,
And think that your injury, is not a big deal,A short time will pass, then the caseworker jerk,
Gives you a call, wearing the WCB smirk,They dreamed all night long, about calling you in,
So they can just give you, that shit eating grin,They tell you your fine, and get back to work,
Those smug faced caseworkers, cause even worse hurt,Then you go so long, so many years,
Without any pay, you lay there in tears,The depression is real, and that you can’t hide,
That last little push, can cause suicide,But that doesn’t matter, to the compensation board,
It’s only the money, that they plan to hoard,They fight and they fuss, and they tell you a lie,
All in their game, so they can deny,The smug face caseworker, ruins your life,
Hoping your nightmare, even hurts your wife,It’s time that this changed, that I can say,
Let us injured workers, deny them their pay!!By James Mansell.
New Years 2018
Another year past, and slow it went by,
Hundreds of hurt workers, and their families cry,
Somehow made it through, the compensation abuse,
Without proper help, compo says there’s no use,
Disabled workers, only cost them their cash,
Which they only plan, to keep in their stash,
Big buisness pays dues, to cover their ass,
But workers compensation, has absolutely no class,
When disabled workers, pleads them for help,
Workers compensation tells them, they’ll pass,
Our governments ignore, this horrific abuse,
You beg and you plead, but there’s absolutely no use,
To live without pride, or food just to eat,
Some even end up, living in the street,
With no way to pay, their rent or their bills,
They sell what they owned, it gives them the chills,
Building our country, workerd hard all their life,
Without any thanks, it causes harsh strife,
If you get hurt, while doing your job,
Worker’s compensation, your money they hog,
They wont help you heal, and thats a done deal,
Its disabled workers, who’s money they steal,
Your way better off, running to hide,
Before workers compensation, cause your suicide,
By James Mansell.
From British Columbia , To Alberta , and Manitoba too,
Ontario , Saskatchewan , And Nova Scotia too ,
To Newfoundland , New Brunswick , And even PEI ,
These are the places , Where Workers Compensation Boards Deny ,
They deny our injured workers , medical help they need ,
They take their only money, their kids they can not feed ,
The governments don’t help , for reasons I do not know ,
Has to be the money , they only like the flow ,
They dont care about our workers , I feel that is a shame ,
They treat our injured workers , only inhumane ,
They rob our injured workers , of the money set aside ,
Forcing many injured workers, to commit suicideBy James Mansell
Some in this world, care for fellow man,
Some in this world, care and take a stand,
Some in this world, collect and they hoard,
Those ones are known, as the workers compensation board…. .
Some in this world, get injured at work,
Some in this world, end up dealing with a jerk,
Some in this world, hope to someday get well,
But end up going, through WCB hell,Some in this world, the laws they abide,
They beg and they plead, WCB throws them aside,
When the government ignores, and says they won’t help,
The poor injured worker, let’s out a yelp,
As they lay there wondering, how to live without pride,
The poor disabled worker, commits suicide…………..
By James Mansell.
Is the 14th Amendment being violated routinely, for the profits of the few?
Have you done any research on Government Misconduct and Corruption as it relates to the Injured and Disabled Communities?
Do you have any citable research? Injured Workers often complain about the #MagicMath of Social Security and Long Term Disability carriers that leaves them impoverished and unable to return to work and constant continued battles with SSA and LTD? How can that be RIGHT?
A similar post was shared in the WorkCompCentral LinkedIn group. David DePaolo would care. We’ll see if anybody else will.
#POTUS was also mentioned in the first post and tweet, as it seems to be one of the #SWAMPY issues that needs executive intervention.
On Labor and Health… Why does it take #SSA years and years to calculate basic retro pay with numerous miscalculations after multiple fraudulent denials of claims with mean remarks like, ‘yeah, we know you have a brain injury but it’s not bad enough to keep you from being a salesperson’?
They still can’t get the numbers right and want to omit records for the Judge to make decisions based on incomplete evidence, and evidence omitted with apparent intend to trick the judge into making a poor decision?
Yikes. False Evidence Appearing Real. UnUsual in a Workplace injury, huh?
I can’t imagine a Judge appreciating being fooled like that, can you? I get to be the bearer of the bad news. We tried to play nice. Oh well.
We’ll have to keep an eye on Amazon’s listings for GOVERNMENT MISCONDUCT AND CORRUPTION FOR THIS ONE, HUH?
No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
Here is a communication shared with a few injured workers and medical care providers who have been battling the system for years. It was written so that it could just be given to the attorney, if warranted. Maybe it will help you also?
Please let me know if it brings other questions to your mind, and we’ll see about answering them in another blog, in a general way, so others may also be helped. Or, we can find some experts to address the issues in greater detail.
These are some rough thoughts on how mediation with a structured settlement team and Medicare Set Aside Expert can help move a WorkComp case to Settlement, freeing up an Injured Worker to get medical care. It is really quite simple and effective.
The drawing attached is a “mind-map” created as a draft and talking points for the blog.
DISCLAIMER: This is not legal, accounting or tax advice and you are encouraged to seek professional advice from same before entering into any agreements with anybody.
Insurance carriers are often inclined to AGREE TO MEDIATE when “RESERVES” are known to be high. Via a structured settlement situation, they somehow save money with spending future dollars and not all in one chunk.
A good Structured Settlement negotiator is key, and a good, EXPERIENCED WorkComp MEDIATOR. There seems to be a whole new venue of “Medicare Set Aside” experts, which the Mediation/Settlement team can probably recommend. Social Security is a mine-field, so stay alert and be prepared for anything.
Mediation seems to work for unrepresented injured workers, but it’s more work for all parties, and some people won’t do it.
If you have legal representation willing to step aside and let settlement negotiations take place, it can be win/win/win for all parties, and more importantly, can mean freedom and restoration of civil rights for the injured workers.
Some attorneys representing Injured Workers are even known to accept their portion of settlement on a structured basis, as it also has some tax benefits, if I understand it correctly.
Often, the “parties reach agreement, subject to a confidentiality agreement” and the injured worker is spared years of delays, denied medical care and legal anguish. The carriers often save money, and close the books. Attorneys get paid, even when they have done little to facilitate resolution and settlement.
So, remembers, it is NOT ARBITRATION. Mediation takes place outside of WorkComp arena and is approved by a WorkComp Judge upon completion.
Mediate.com is a resource that shows how few professionals are involved in WorkComp SOLUTIONS in California. There are several structured settlement companies that also specialize in WorkComp structured settlements.
If you or your attorney would like the contact information for a couple of professionals, please feel free to let me know. Using my name may or may not be beneficial. One California Brain Injury Super Lawyer allegedly told one TBI Survivor “you are very lucky to have Linda as an advocate on your behalf.” Others have said that I “scare industry people”….
If your attorney says the carrier and defense will not settle, he/she may not have all the information and tools to make that happen. It can start with a simple call to the defense with a question, “What will it take to settle this case now?”
If your attorney wants some encouragement to explore settlement possibilities, feel free to have him/her contact me.
“Anytime, anywhere any Injured Worker reaches out for help, I want helping hands to be there, and for that, I am responsible.”
Are you a doctor, lawyer, judge, politician or other professional interacting with and profiting from TBI survivors? Find out what you don’t know, and don’t treat, and don’t represent when it comes to brains— ethics demands you GET SMART.
One example of incompetence, willful ignorance and worse is the number of attorneys in the WorkComp field who falsely purport to be capable and competent to represent people with brain injuries — and think a brain injury is the same as representing someone with a broken finger.
THAT’S MALPRACTICE, IN CASE YOU’RE NOT SURE. It would further seem that Orthopedic Surgeons, Clinical Psychologists, Cardiologists, Podiatrists purporting to treat brain injuries is another form of MALPRACTICE.
It’s a wacked out business plan….risk a $100,000 maximum ‘wrongful death’ lawsuit if medical care costs will exceed it. WIN WIN, and increased referrals and ‘gifts’ to contributing complicit doctors, lawyers and politicians and/or their non-profit organizations?? Pffffft.
Romano Trust vs. Sedgwick/Kroger et al apparently legitimized and made it possible for ‘the system’ to get away with it…. remember, that court decision apparently gave the Insurance industry profiteers the “green light” to deny medical care by any means necessary, without prosecution for fraud, malfeasance, culpable negligence and just outright dereliction of duties. THANK A CALIFORNIA POLITICIAN.
For those of you funded to do “studies”…. compare the outcomes of the non-work-comp Brain Injury Community to those who suffer, wither and die waiting for proper diagnoses and any legitimate medical care, often for years within the American Worker’s Comp system.
While non-Work-comp patients also deal with unknowledgeable and incompetent providers, or specialists who operate like those who ‘only have a hammer, so everything they see looks like a nail’…. THE WORK COMP SURVIVORS HAVE THE ADDITIONAL FIGHT FOR LIFE WITHIN A SYSTEM DESIGNED TO MILK THEM FOR PROFITS, AS CASH COWS, FOR AS MANY YEARS AS POSSIBLE, THEN TOTALLY DISABLE THEM, AND KICK THEM TO THE CURB, Shifting costs to the victims, government agencies and private charities, etc.
Remember the words of the former Secretary of the Department of Labor:
“I hope that Congress will step up”- he added. “We have to fix this system.” – Thomas Perez – DOL
D’oh! Tell your friends and neighbors; Congress already knows!
I recently found a great new #TBI channel….. I watched almost all her videos last week…..best I’ve seen out of a Survivor yet…. her little Snow White skit is silly but any TBI survivor will ‘get it’…SOLUTION ORIENTED. . .
She has interviewed experts and has a great marketing strategy for funding her youtube video education….. simple and easy, using NLP– neurolinguistic programming — hypnotist… Check it out…it’s uplifting and heart warming… TheTBICoach.com If you’re a professional, reach out to Nathalie…. she might feature you in one of upcoming videos.
There are many more goood to great resources for self-care that the professional world, including DoD, fail to deliver. There are also a few good doctors, lawyers, politicians, providers etc. Hard to find, but findable…
There are many great blogs by Brain Injury Survivors, and many authors who have been telling their stories to all would care to listen. Do you have a favorite? Let us know….
Experience using the various tools of the social web, such as surveys or forms for sourcing, texting or messaging platforms. YES, MORE THAN YESTERDAY, LESS THAN TOMORROW with paper and pen and 3 x 5 cards as old fashioned compensatory strategies
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Aug 20, 2016 – “#ProPublica is Hiring an Engagement Reporter” “Assignment: Give us a few thoughts on how you would have gone about re-imagining and executing a project …
Experience with social and website metrics, since you will be in charge of analyzing what’s working, what’s not, and what we should differently next time. Yes, limited, but compensate with intuition. Use of FB ads is a mystery unto it’s own, and simple google searches give a good, broad, simple overview of what’s working and what isn’t.
Does this sound like a new job to you? That’s because it is. Part of what we’re looking for is somebody who is excited about helping us build it. YES, YES, I WOULD LOVE TO HELP YOUR TEAM BUILD IT. I CAN PROVIDE INSIGHTS THAT MAY BE SOMEWHAT UNUSUAL AND VERY EFFECTIVE.
INSULT TO INJURY – THE DEMOLITION OF WORKERS COMPENSATION must go many layers deeper. There must be hundreds if not thousands of ‘stories’ that were submitted but not used. Like Convicts in Penitentiaries, a return to those same writers, may find the story exactly the same, or even worse.
Many people ‘in the streets’ shared they submitted their stories, more than once, without response. While Injured Workers are thrilled at the Awards and all the Hard Work that went into those reports, a thank you note to those who submitted stories would have gone a long way to establish trust and credibility in those still fighting for their lives in the system.
Please see my current blog about a Facebook Virtual Tour of the pain and suffering discussed behind those walls…. Injured Worker groups, pages, events and desperation.
“….give us a few thoughts on how you would have gone about re-imagining and executing a project we did last year about the demolition of worker’s comp protections around the country. How could we connect to the people actually impacted by the story, and how could they have contributed to the project? *..”
This entire application has several ideas that can be further developed to involve contributors in the project du jour. Let’s hope that 2017 will see INSULT TO INJURY- ENCORE, that may also include serious investigations into allegations of unclean hands between WorkComp and Social Security and State Disability agencies, in possible acts of RICO type malfeasance and worse.
Some Injured Workers have signed petitions, one circulating has nearly 6,000 signatures, all ignored by the “Top 22 Industry Bloggers” who twist and distort public opinion with a heavy dose of “extend and pretend.” Those avenues need further investigations, particularly since the death of David Paolo, the leading spoke person for the industry. They can be encouraged to be a part of solutions, or they continue to put profits before lives.
This ProPublica Engagement Reporter project absolutely sounds like a Project I could contribute mightily to. I have been doing very similar work for the past nearly 5 years, as part of self-rehabilitation, survival, and serving the common good.
Each time I have experienced CENSORSHIP I have chosen to learn new social media skills. A quick google search of a few my memes is illustrative of what can be done, even as a member of ‘marginalized communities’ in rural America.
“WE ARE THE MEDIA NOW”?? Google results are fascinating. This was a gut level response to Corporate Censorship of the Global Nuclear Disaster, Fukushima triple nuclear meltdowns of March 11, 2011.
As we, concerned citizens, watched the censors at work with scrubbing the internet (In 2012, Fukushima brought google results of more than 62,000,000. Today, not so much. It is primarily industry propaganda that floats to the top of a google search, with bizarre tales of fake remedies to ‘clean up’ the meltdowns, and hand wringing about expensive ice walls that failed, to Geiger countered monkeys in Japan and elsewhere, including the USA, chanting ‘There is No Immediate Danger” while the USA radiation levels escalate, deaths increase, and corporate media makes stuff up to explain away the ‘mysterious, baffling, befuddling, perplexing’ nonsense.
I can be most helpful to a ProPublica team with the next phase of INSULT TO INJURY: THE DEMOLITION OF WORKERS COMPENSATION. The 2015 reports caused quite a stir in the industry, and in early 2016, they began to rumble about retaliation, in the cloak of a National Discussion [to mitigate profit losses from the ProPublica/NPR telling of the OPEN SECRETS, that everybody knows.]
In May, I was personally attacked for several weeks by Industry spokes people, with vicious diatribes, that graciously included links to several of my blogs. My professional friends suggested that they had to kick somebody after the ProPublica/NPR reports, and what an easy mark would be one of the very very few Injured Workers who blogs, in rural America, with a brain injury.
Despicable? Yes, absolutely. Personal, not likely. The money trail never lies, does it. Hurtful? You betcha!
One of the parties spoke very highly of me in 2014, and had been very kind and gracious to me as he and his team studied my case, discussed it at panels, and even wrote several articles based on the unique manner in which I fought back, and the complications of the case. (Michael Grabell was actually encouraged by a few people to consider my story for INSULT TO INJURY, but alas, it must have been “too hot” or “too messy.”)
I was also encouraged to have a discussion with an Al Jazeera producer doing a story on Workers Compensation, but
The only thing I know of that changed is that without benefit of competent legal counsel, the parties to my very public case reached resolution, subject to a confidentiality agreement. Or maybe he was just ‘following orders.’
The defense counsel even sent, at the end, what seemed to be a warm and sincere best wishes communication. My friends laughed, but I chose to believe it was real.
As to the Viet Nam era Veterans and Agent Orange, as I am sure the ProPublica Reporters know, are for the most part, SERIOUS PATRIOTS, tossed aside by our government officials, for more profits before lives. No Veteran would leave a buddy on the battle field and I suspect that as you open those investigations, you will find another Pandora’s Box.
[Left out about Fukushima US Sailors dying of radiation poisoning from the USS Ronald Reagan of March 2011; a huge national alarm!]
PLEASE BE ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN THAT IF YOU TAKE AND TELL THEIR STORIES, YOU DON’T KICK THEM TO THE CURB AFTER AWARDS ARE WON. PLEASE BE ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN THAT YOU ADDRESS THE CURRENT WAR CASUALTIES, AND THE DEPELETED URANIUM THAT IS KILLILNG THEM, ALONG WITH THE HEAD INJURIES.
During the Viet Nam War, I kept friends and loved one in cookies and letters from home. None returned whole, and some did not return at all. Many veterans are further abused in the Workers Compensation and Social Security Systems. America treats her military personnel like ‘throw aways’…. Expose that, and you’ll get awards from the people! See these articles, and perhaps make it required reading and listening for any people on the new project:
While relocation to New York City is impractical for me, as is a 40-hour work week, I would love to explore the possibilities of a consulting position, in a virtual capacity. A quick google search shows that I am a serious Warrior. LinkedIn and the ability to reach influencers was a significant part of my Survival Strategy and success in the Workers Compensation issues, and may be called into play again as the Social Security improprieties Head of the Hydra is on the horizon.
While in the Workers’ Compensation system, no doctor would would release me to return to work, and I told my current doctor that I would be applying for this position. His eyes got very big and he suggested pursuing it in a virtual capacity, and perhaps as a consultant to be a part of the team. I told the doctor that the job description sounds like it was addressed right to me, so it would be a mistake to not make contact.
Social Security apparently allows me a 9 month trial-return-to-work without interruption to my benefits and I would be open to a 9 month trial-return-to-work consulting position around the WorkComp Encore project, with a willingness to provide transferrable strategies to the community doing the Veteran project. The pending outcome of some very challenging misrepresentations and mistakes by the SSA could be another project unto it’s own for ProPublica and NPR.
The 10 Congressional Representatives who signed the October 2015 letter to the Department of Labor have also been apprised of the “Magic Math” of SSA, and the extreme hardships and litigation it has subjected me to. This is a pattern and practice that Injured Workers warn one another to expect. It costs injured workers AND TAXPAYERS. If there are an estimated 45 million people on Social Security Disability, and 8.9 million are injured workers, what happens to those in that gap??
Other avenues for the WorkComp encore include interviewing doctors and lawyers who have left the industry because of the hyper corruption, and those who stay and try to honor their oath to DO NO HARM.
The movement by Dr. Pamel Wible, IdealMedicalCare.org, is worth a serious look. She addresses why doctors kill themselves, and her TedMed talk could be required viewing for the WorkComp and Veteran project teams. While doctors on the dole don’t tend to kill themselves, the message applies also to WorkComp.
I like to make every effort count, since every effort takes so much from me. I will include this entire application in a blog at MyWorkCompCoach.com in hopes of inciting further discussions, and perhaps support for The Demolition of Workers Compensation – ENCORE and the Poisoned Veterans investigations for the Viet Nam era Veterans, and the current War veterans, and their many health challenges.
“Please upload a single file that includes: Why your experience gives you the skills and insight to be our engagement reporter; examples of your work that fits with what you’re talking about (please include a description about your role and the thoughts behind each project); finally, give us a few thoughts on how you would have gone about re-imagining and executing a project we did last year about the demolition of worker’s comp protections around the country. How could we connect to the people actually impacted by the story, and how could they have contributed to the project? Please upload a single file that includes: Why your experience gives you the skills and insight to be our engagement reporter; examples of your work that fits with what you’re talking about (please include a description about your role and the thoughts behind each project); finally, give us a few thoughts on how you would have gone about re-imagining and executing a project we did last year about the demolition of worker’s comp protections around the country. How could we connect to the people actually impacted by the story, and how could they have contributed to the project? *”
Thank you for the opportunity to update my resume in order to apply for the position, and to provide some insights ‘from the streets.’
The Work ProPublica is doing is important…. WorkComp was the tip of the iceberg….let’s go deeper there…. Root out the causes and thereby FREE THE HOSTAGES.
Veterans have told me that Injured Workers caught in the system would be well advised to conduct themselves as military personnel are trained to when they are taken hostage by enemy forces.
ProPublica is Hiring an Engagement Reporter
ProPublica, Aug. 18, 2016, 6:11 p.m.
We are hiring an engagement reporter to work on investigative projects in collaboration with traditional reporters throughout the full life-cycle of projects. That means you’ll be involved from the very beginning of story conception to think about what communities and audiences we need to reach and how we reach them, all the way through to story publication and beyond. You’ll help find and reach an audience for the story, and most importantly you’ll be responsible for conceiving and executing a plan to pull our readers into the reporting of the story itself.
This is not just about social media. We assume you know how to do a Twitter collection and why social video is important. What we’re looking for is somebody who will find and reach the people actually impacted by a story, get them to inform our work and be a central player in the storytelling on all platforms to maximize the resonance of the project.
The work can be as a low-fi as flier, or as buzzy as a Facebook video, whatever is best for the story and project.
So what exactly are we talking about? Take a look at a project we’ve been doing about Vietnam vets exposed to Agent Orange. Unlike traditional investigations, we didn’t start with a story. We announced that we were doing an investigation with a callout to the community. We asked vets to tell us their stories, and we’ve now heard from more than 5,800 of them. This community has fueled our reporting, and it’s already getting results.
We also plan to do more projects where we work openly with and help foster communities of journalists. An example of that: our Red Cross Reporting Network.
Is all of that the kind of work you want to do? Here’s what we’re looking for:
A track record of organizing communities and audiences, especially in a journalistic context.
Journalism experience itself, especially involving stories that shed light on injustices or covering marginalized communities.
Please upload a single file that includes: Why your experience gives you the skills and insight to be our engagement reporter; examples of your work that fits with what you’re talking about (please include a description about your role and the thoughts behind each project); finally, give us a few thoughts on how you would have gone about re-imagining and executing a project we did last year about the demolition of worker’s comp protections around the country. How could we connect to the people actually impacted by the story, and how could they have contributed to the project?Please upload a single file that includes: Why your experience gives you the skills and insight to be our engagement reporter; examples of your work that fits with what you’re talking about (please include a description about your role and the thoughts behind each project); finally, give us a few thoughts on how you would have gone about re-imagining and executing a project we did last year about the demolition of worker’s comp protections around the country. How could we connect to the people actually impacted by the story, and how could they have contributed to the project? *