Injured Worker denied Worker's comp
The surgery was well needed but the recovery will take 6-9 months with a lot of restrictions. Even though he was denied workers comp we started receiving a small check each week but it only lasted a total of 26 weeks. At this time. He is receiving zero dollars and we all lost medical / health insurance.
Randy has been an elevator installer for over 20 years. He has always been a hard worker, never laid out and was very dependable. Now he has no job, no insurance or income all because he got hurt on the job. He feels that he is letting his family down. Randy has twins that are 14 and just started high school. They love their daddy and wants him better. I'm working 2 jobs and it's not enough to keep this house out of foreclosure or the lights on. We do have an attorney for workers comp and personal injury but even if he wins. They will only appeal and prolong this was another year or two. Randy is a person that never ask for help or hand outs. When I told him I was considering this I told him it was for the kids and keeping a roof over his kids head. (Ours too).
It's so hurt to see a grown man down. So as his wife I have decided to ask for help. We have no one. Both sets of parents are gone . We only have each other. I'm working lots of hours but being away from him and the kids are very hard on all of us.
We are asking for help. This could happen to any one. He went from making almost $30 an hour to making $0 an hour. I know we all are suffering with something. If you can't donate I am asking for prayers!!! We surely need them. Thank you in advance. We will overcome this but it's been really hard so far and we still don't see the light nor the tunnel.
Randy is much better but still has bad days with numbness in his legs and gets really tired all through the day. Honestly, I think it's more depression than anything. He still as of this moment have not received a penny from anyone and of course the bills are piling up day after day. I'm working as much as I can but my income don't come anywhere close to what he made. I have gotten insurance on us four now but that's just money out of my check that could go to bills. His doctor won't see him until we pay what we owe. Hopefully when we get our income tax we can get that paid so he can go for an update. He can't go back to work till he is cleared anywhere and he's still under doctor care.
We did hear some good news. This has became an international issue and the company will be investigated for not doing the right thing. We agree, if this can prevent someone not going through this... it's worth it. We have friends that have been helping us with our light bills for several months. That has helped so much. So much has happen to us in the last year that we just laugh because there's no more tears to share . I love my little family. They are my world and we are his world. Randy is a strong person but all this has made him sad, depressed, bitter and at times just pitiful but we have faith that soon we will get over this turmoil and be able to breath again!!!
We want to thank everyone for the donations and I can only promise you that every penny went to good use. We have met some good people through this journey also. Just please keep praying for us. Our kids are our life. We push them to do good and push for their dreams and we support in all they do. They shouldn't have to go through this. They are why we keep going. Please continue with prayers. One day at a time .. Thanks
Jettie and Randy Smith
Congratulations! That sounds like a big blessing! Thank you for sharing your good news! Continue to expect and rely upon all good things coming. Help Randy set up a blog. A social media strategy is imperative in surviving workcomp. The recent ProPublica and NPR investigative reports, about the state of Workers' Compensation in America, and the Secretary of Labor quotes seems to have the WC industry in another tizzy. READ IT. USE IT. CHECK OUT THE LINKS, TOO. U.S. Labor Department: States Are Failing Injured Workers https://www.propublica.org/article/us-labor-department-states-are-failing-injured-workers INSULT TO INJURY: AMERICA’S VANISHING WORKER PROTECTIONS Labor Report Urges Study Of A Federal Role In State Workers’ Comp Laws Remember Remember... WE ARE THE MEDIA NOW... and for that, WE ARE RESPONSIBLE! PS #DodgeTheRads
Nothing changes when nothing changes. You might seek a Mediator to assist with getting medical care and benefits and aim toward resolution. There are not many, and their skills vary, but check Mediate.com for one in your area and make some calls. Mediators are solution oriented, and as you are learning, lawyers are not. Do you and Randy have a blog yet? Are you on LinkedIN? Have you started a support and awareness group on Facebook? Are you Tweeting to #POTUS and the new Secretary of the Department of Labor - if they ever approve one? Check with your local television station. NBC in LA seems to address some WorkComp issues - without fear, and with reasonable caution. Nobody will put their job on the line for Injured Workers -- so make it easy for people to help you. Have a blog so they can see the whole story..... Keep the Faith. Dodge the Rads. Good luck. Get out of WorkComp.... We Are The Media Now.
No light duty available? Sounds like the employer might be courting ADA violations. Have you checked with DOL, ADA and EEOC? Every state is different; in California, that's a very big problem for an employer. DOL even has a Whistleblower site... not sure if it works; worth a look. http://www.whistleblowers.gov/ Best wishes, L
who told you that you could not get workers comp???????? this is shelley again.........is it your dr. or their dr.????????
my name is shelley been through this.........call me 7069521226 call me see if I can help u hey cannot deny you benefits!!!!!!!!!!!
Don't delete any of it.... until you have a signed and Court approved fair and reasonable settlement. Start a blog. Do a google search, "What's YOUR Work Comp Story" ... you'll see you are truly not alone.... and it is just one fight.... FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND CIVIL RIGHTS. Just today an industry expert wrote this to me..... read it carefully.... it will help you and yours understand exactly what you and all American Workers are up against.... ."Linda while you are obviously well intentioned, your perspective is distorted. The vast majority of workers comp patients are treated fairly and well. A few are not. Your efforts and PP's denigrate and insult the hard work and diligence of many very good people in the workers comp industry." It was in response to an invitation to the 'expert' to guest blog on the topics of inciting mediation and settlements. The "PP" reference is to the investigative reports of ProPublica and NPR in 2015: INSULT TO INJURY: The Demolition of Workers Compensation Here Here!
Cooler heads will prevail!!! Hang in there brother, praying for better days.
sending love and prayers to such great and warm people may God be with you all.
Get a lawyer and they will tell you whether or not you have a case or not. They will take your case if they feel it is a good case and you pay nothing until they collect for you.
How can u get hurt on the job and be denied workers comp ? I went thru workers comp back in 89 -90 and it is a complete joke. I was just approved for permanent disability back in December. Sorry just venting. Get well soon. Sending some money your way