Over at the Legal Talk Network there was a recent podcast that details much information about how websites like Facebook can affect a workers comp claim. For that matter anything online can be information that is used by the other side. Even employers can check into employees or prospective employees online. Investigators or insurance adjustors are very interested in finding out about claimants. Moreover the information you post is forever online or so it seems. In this podcast there is a very interesting discussion on this and it can also be useful for attorneys. I also noticed another podcast on surveillance and it is also revealing about what is done when surveillance is requested. Both of these podcasts are fascinating but are provided here for general information. Much of this may apply to Colorado but perhaps not all. I can say that if a claimant has a high value claim or claim for a serious injury or has something that raises a red flag that insurers will gather up information which can be from online sources or private investigators. Every claimant should be careful with their online or public activities. Even discussions with friends, neighbors or co-workers can affect the claim.
There seems to be a constant assault on Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid coming from I would call the far right of the political spectrum. The fact that Social Security has not been the real problem with the federal deficits and actually was borrowed against to fund government spending does not matter now. While there is no question that structural changes to make it more solvent may be soon needed the current effort seems nothing short of inhumane in its consequences if enacted. While that will not happen I find it amazing after all these years to see some questioning the usefulness of such benefits. The inability of some to accept the notion that we just need to cover the old, the disabled and the young astounds me but I guess they do not generate much income so we should minimize them is their attitude. Anyway this medicare rights group notes their disagreement with the GOP effort of one representative to pare down benefits. Also the Alliance for Retired Americans is voicing its concerns. Lastly at another site for the "middle class" they are also critical of this proposed legislation.
Over at the website for the Office of Administrative Courts they do, from time to time, post all or most of the workers comp hearing decisions. They redact or edit out certain parts especially the claimant's name but the reasoning and facts found are all there for anyone to review. The latest they have is for February 2011 and the decisions start with a claimant wanting botox to matters involving compensability and a host of other matters. It is always interesting to read what is happening at the local level. Moreover they do include names of doctors or other experts so you can see what case that doctor has been involved with. If you want to see how complex this field can get go ahead and look at these cases. Moreover the cases do set forth what the hearing judge believes is the law with citations though any of the cases can be subject to an appeal.
"...this is the cause of my life, new hope that we will break the old gridlock and guarantee that every American -- north, south, east, west, young, old -- will have decent, quality health care as a fundamental right and not a privilege." Ted Kennedy Aug 26, 2008 (Update: June 28, 2012 the US Supreme Court upholds Obamacare)
Do We Pass the Test?
"It was once said that the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the aged; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped."
I've been living in beautiful Colorado and practicing law for over 35 years. It's been a great place to raise a family. Originally from New York I settled here, married here and raised two daughters, Jenny and Mary. I practiced near downtown Colorado Springs but now consider myself "retired" so I am not taking any more legal matters, clients or cases but I appreciate being able to help as many clients as I could for so many years. Now I especially enjoy my retirement time with family including 4 special ones...a grandson, Max, twin granddaughters, Penny and Cici and last but not least grandson Eliot. You can contact me at my email address which is firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the past we offered free consultations in cases but we are not taking any more legal matters or cases as retirement calls. You can email us at email@example.com. We've been protecting injured workers for many years and truly went the distance for many people. We made a difference for most of them and stood up for right not might. If you need an attorney I suggest you find someone where you live who offers free consultations. Also I urge you to discuss your case with an attorney if at all possible. This field is technical and complex. I would even call it tricky so seek advice from an attorney. If that is not possible call the Colorado Division of Workers Compensation customer service section for helpful information.
The information in this blog is intended to represent my personal views and opinions. It is not intended to be specific or personal legal advice which should only be obtained by a consultation with an experienced attorney. All this blog provides is general information I consider important to me. It may be of interest to others but for any advice or advisory statements consult with an attorney not a blog.
Special Personal News on Cici, our grandaughter (September 2011)
Nearly 3 years ago our grandaughter Cici had a serious medical problem. Her survival was at risk and she was deprived of oxygen because of a tragic choking/swallowing problem. It is known as an anoxic brain injury. The recovery has been challenging and slow but some progress has been made. We are thankful to be part of her recovery. I remain truly grateful for the prayers and touching support provided by so many people to my daughter and the family. We are actively committed to Cici's recovery and to her loved one's for as long as it takes. You can follow this difficult but amazing journey on my daughter's and husband Matt's Blog. Where there is life there is hope. We've had tough times but we have also seen courage and love in action for her and also for others. For examples look below.