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    Contact your Congressman and write to him your true experience with workers compensation.
    When we speak as one they might help us.

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    Workers comp is a state law issue. Congress is not interested, as it is not a federal issue. I don't think we even want Congress messing with it. They will just screw it up.

    Contact your local representatives in your state legislature. They can affect the law that applies to you. Also contact your Governor.
    The North Carolina Court of Appeals has held that "In contested Workers' Compensation cases today, access to competent legal counsel is a virtual necessity." Church v. Baxter Travenol Labs, Inc., and American Motorists Insurance Company, 104 N.C. App. 411, 416 (1991).

    Bob Bollinger, Attorney and Board Certified Specialist in NC Workers' Compensation Law

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    Bob,

    I am not quite sure if the Governor of our great State of CA even knows how to read! Maybe we could leave voice mail messages!


    LA

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    Default Re: Contact your Congressman About Your Workers Comp Experiences

    What if I have contacted the govener and state reps. and they say it's not their place to deal with the problems of workers comp. I still have their e-mails stating that.

    Phil

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    What if I have contacted the goveners and state reps and they say it's not their place to deal with workers comp.

    Phil in Connecticut

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    Default Re: Contact your Congressman About Your Workers Comp Experiences

    Quote Quoting complwyr View Post
    Workers comp is a state law issue. Congress is not interested, as it is not a federal issue. I don't think we even want Congress messing with it. They will just screw it up.

    Contact your local representatives in your state legislature. They can affect the law that applies to you. Also contact your Governor.
    this i do. i send e-mails to state reps and gov. monthly, even tho it seems to fall on deaf ears, and blind eyes, i write about myself, and other injured workers i never met. election year is coming up, now is the time to tell them, if you see no changes soon, you are going to get every one you know not to cast a vote for them to keep that office we pay for. votes is how they get hired and fired.

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    Default Re: Contact your Congressman About Your Workers Comp Experiences

    i have contacted the local news paper and tv stations. they do not seem interested, guess would not boost ratings.

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    Default Re: Contact your Congressman About Your Workers Comp Experiences

    Mitt Romney was governor here when I was injured; his office didn't give a damn about comp. and the aide was rude. Current governor is Duval Patrick. Prior to the election I got to talk with him on several radio talk shows about comp. and he knew nothing about it but said he would "look into it". And I'm one of Hugh Heffner's Playgirls......

    BTW, if you do some checking, you'll probably find many state reps and senators have insurance businesses. They REALLY want to see WC reformed, NOT!

    I can only talk about MA, but there are always about 3 dozen comp. reform laws every legislative session and not a one to actually help the IW ever passes. Disgusting.

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    I have gotten dozens, maybe hundreds, of laws changed in Texas. It is not that hard. If something seems unfair, it probably is. Research and find out why it is illegal or how it can be done better. Write letters to the committee members who have WC oversight and explain as clearly as possible what is wrong and possibly how to fix it. Legislators want to write laws. They like getting ideas. The problem is that most people (and I have done this) get too emotional and do not get to the point. They need to know how it benefits everyone or hurts someone. Most legislators do not know anyone with a WC injury. It doesn't hit them personally like earthquake or cancer insurance. They see the TV ads the carriers run with the roofer claiming to be injured and working another job at the same time. I think that one commercial runs in all states when WC legislation laws are contemplated. Most people think WC is a scam. Doctors also think it is. There is more fraud in any other insurance package than in WC but people do not know that. One good point is that in Texas and in all other states, if workers are cheated by carriers then the taxpayers end up with the bill. The taxpayer pays for SSDI, SSSI, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, housing, etc. The state loses the taxes that would have been paid by claimants. If taxpayers understand that allowing carriers to cheat claimants hurts the taxpayer, then changes are really made.

    Pam

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    Default Re: Contact your Congressman About Your Workers Comp Experiences

    I hear from lawyers that Texas has one of the worst comp systems (for employees) in the USA. It has already been deformed, under Governor GW Bush, if I recall correctly. Texas' comp system is not a model for any state to emulate.

    Phil's inability to get Connecticut governor and legislators to talk to him about comp simply means that the industry has not spotlighted it for reform there yet. The time will come. It is clearly an issue that they may have to deal with, regardless of what they tell you.

    Fortunately, Congress has no interest in it. Heck, at the moment they can't even agree on a bill to fund health care for poor kids. You can rest assured that you don't want them messing with your workers' comp laws. And the only work comp bill that the current President would likely sign is one that reduced the benefits so that businesses could increase their profits.

    Anytime your state legislature and Gov are operating on a "pro-business" platform you can assume that they are not interested in fixing the problems that injured workers have with the system. They will only be interested in reforms that increase profits for insurance companies and employers.
    The North Carolina Court of Appeals has held that "In contested Workers' Compensation cases today, access to competent legal counsel is a virtual necessity." Church v. Baxter Travenol Labs, Inc., and American Motorists Insurance Company, 104 N.C. App. 411, 416 (1991).

    Bob Bollinger, Attorney and Board Certified Specialist in NC Workers' Compensation Law

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