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? *
Hey, #LaborDay is coming up! Remember Remember the 5th of September! If you don’t have a WorkComp story, count your blessings. WorkComp can strike without warning. Did you apply for the #ProPublica Engagement Reporter gig? GOOGLE IT! ;D
“Assignment: Give us a few thoughts on how you would have gone about re-imagining and executing a project we did last year about the demolition of worker’s comp protections around the country. Again, how could we have connected to the people actually impacted by the story, and how could they have contributed to the project?”
Can’t we all just work together? Chat with your local neutral party mediators and structured settlement teams, and see just how many CASES YOU CAN RESOLVE BY THE END OF THIS YEAR, WOULD YOU? Blog about saving lives in the process. Share with your colleagues how you did it! We all know all the stories of failures to protect Injured Workers.
Let’s write some new chapters! Watch the TedMed Talks from the DO NO HARM crowd at IdealMedicalCare.org for more insights.
WE ARE THE MEDIA NOW; just do it! Even if you are not selected, your voice will be heard!
Coming up real soon here…. VIRTUAL TOUR OF FACEBOOK INJURED WORKER GHETTOS AND KAMPS…. Compare the conditions of WorkCompsters vs impoverished and desperately needing medical care Injured Workers as reported here:
Follow this blog to be sure you don’t miss it! (It was derailed after onslaught of May diatribes from industry mouth-pieces, attacking individuals and groups of Injured Workers (in apparent retaliation to the ProPublica 2015 report…Injured & Disabled Workers are easier targets for abuse and disparagement than fisticuffs with a behemoth investigative reporting empire like #ProPublica and #NPR, huh?
Bullying at it’s very lowest by those who profit most by the endless pain and suffering of injured and disabled people
What’s YOUR #WorkComp Story? Use these questions as a guideline in your own blog, or feel free to submit and resubmit your story, and know it will be rendered ANONYMOUS https://myworkcompcoach.com/whats-your-workcomp-story/ Fresh, more inclusive, questions coming up soon!
We have not had a chance to pretty up these questions but we’re working on it, along with some other ‘rebranding’ efforts that were also stalled while fending off national personal disparaging attacks (that also graciously included several links to my blogs, thanks to David DePaolo, RiP)
The #Sedgwick Institute kicked me out of their little LinkedIn group for presenting the linked questions back in May and for asking for their professional input. Pffffft.
A couple of Injured Workers with reading challenges submitted their stories then had a fit because their names were not to be used, a decision by consensus of all parties who have already submitted their stories. ANONYMITY PREVAILS
ANONYMOUS PRECEDES UNANIMOUS.
Same group of injured workers threatened “legal action” for my attempts to get stories safely out & into the #Workers Compensation National Discussion arena. I’m not easily threatened, as anybody watching these blogs will attest, or anybody who knows me. Right is right and wrong is wrong.
Workers Compensation is a dangerous institution, harming not only injured and defenseless workers, but taxpayers, too. See Congressional letter of October 2015, signed by 10 representatives.
So, if you have a story, let’s get’s the ball rolling again. We’ll also be reaching out to “The Defense” side….and their team players and get their opinions on how to save lives of Injured Workers without costing the industry ALL THEIR PROFITS.
Obviously, the counsel for Injured Workers is baffled and perplexed and befuddled about how to actually protect their clients, and the Top 22+ Industry Bloggers aren’t much help in that department, either.
Most Injured Workers are AFRAID TO SPEAK OUT. Others are so befuddled by Learned Helplessness, they honestly seem to think IF ONLY they got a new doctor, a new lawyer, a new prescription, then everything would be dandy…even if they have been believing it for 5, 10, 15, 20, 30 years of torture, abuse, and denials of medical care, YES, IN AMERICA!
‘Those who have the privilege to know have the DUTY to act.” – Einstein
‘Freedom’s just another word for nuthin left to lose.’ Janis Joplin