Jul 232019
 

Note from Gerald: This study should not surprise any one when one of the most corrupt organization is allowed by Governments to have absolute control over the acceptance of claims and benefits. What was supposed to be a safety net for workers when they suffer workplace injuries and diseases becomes a living hell. 

Referenced from https://www.workerscompensation.com/news_read.php?id=33174

Boston, MA (WorkersCompensation.com) – Does being out of work for more than one week put a worker at an increased risk of suicide? Apparently it does, at least in New Mexico. Researchers out of Boston University and elsewhere looked at data for more than 100,000 workers injured between 1994 and 2000 and linked it with earnings and mortality data through 2013 to determine if there was a connection between increased suicide rates and drug overdoses among injured workers.

“There was almost a 3 fold increase in combined drug related and suicide mortality hazard among women and a substantial increase among men,” the researchers reported in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine. “Circulatory disease mortality hazard was elevated for men.”

Incidents of drug overdoses and suicides have been on the increase for nearly two decades, contributing to a decline in life expectancy in the U.S. The researchers speculated that increased rates of depression and opioid use among injured workers might be one of the drivers.

“Depression is among the most well documented long term health consequences of workplace injury,” they wrote. “Work related injuries, when compared with injuries outside of work, are more strongly associated with depression. The impact on depression from work related injuries may be due to a combination of the financial burden of the injury, the difficulty involved with pursuing workers’ compensation claims, chronic pain, and occupational injuries typically being more severe and involving longer recovery than non-occupational injuries.”

Additionally, they noted that injured workers may tend to use prescription pain medicines, possibly for an extended period of time and with increased doses. “This may increase the opportunity for misuse of drugs such as opioids and potential for accidental or intentional overdose,” they said.

“Lost time injuries were associated with mortality related to drugs and suicide,” they reported.” Among women, lost time injuries were associated with a near tripling in the hazard of drug related deaths and a 92% increase in mortality hazard due to suicide. For men, the lost time injury was associated with a 72% increased hazard of suicide and a 29% increase in drug?related mortality hazard, although the increase in drug related mortality was not statistically significant.”

The researchers said improved workplace conditions, better treatments for pain and substance use disorders, and post-injury depression treatment could have a significant impact.

“Although confounding may account for our findings, we hypothesize that hazardous working conditions are one aspect of the structural causes of high mortality rates from drugs and suicide,” the researchers said. “Though not conclusive, our analysis suggests that reducing occupational injury rates may affect subsequent mortality from specific causes. It, therefore, seems prudent that public health policies should focus on both preventing workplace injuries and improving health care for injured workers.”

Dec 142018
 

By Gerald

Click on the following link:

 https://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/opinion-story/9081455-peterborough-letters-wsib-caught-up-in-culture-of-denial/ 

Where have we heard this before with a reference to a culture of denial. This was the findings of Justice Friedman. As usual, the problem with the system is causation. No system can operate when the deciding factor is causation as in most cases no one knows why an injury or disease developed other than to provide opinions that will not and have not stood up in the Supreme Court of Canada. The SCC makes a decision and workers compensation systems in Canada ignore the findings of the SCC and carry on as they did before. In Alberta we have a Justice Minister that also ignores the findings of the SCC and allows the Alberta WCB to circumnavigate the law. We have a toothless tiger in charge of WCB and when asked what her responsibilities are by being in charge, there is no answer. The last MLA who was in charge of the WCB, Iris Evans when asked the same question replied that she is not in charge of the WCB, she is responsible only for the WCA which then leaves the question, “who is in charge of WCB”?  

It is about time that a task force be appointed to determine if the system is working. Problem with a question like this is that it is working but only for those workers who suffer an acute injury that after a short healing period, the worker makes a full recovery. The major costs of the system are those 20% of injuries or diseases where the worker never does recover, their claim is terminated and all of these workers apply for Social Services and becomes the responsibility of tax payers. No one has or will ever deny that WCB does in fact deny claims and benefits when a causal relation cannot be determined and the benefit of doubt then goes to employers whose premium are kept artificially low by not having to accept claims and provide benefits. 

I have said it before and I will say it again, the system should be abolished and disability benefits should be paid without causation which is the provided to public servants, many unionized workers and MLA’s themselves who have dual benefits through workers compensation and private disability insurance through most likely Sun Life. When a public servant is injured, suffers any sickness or disease, they immediately receive benefits with out having to fight WCB for 40, 50 or more years. There have been numerous comparisons to the two systems and private insurance is far better than anything that is offered by WCB. It is rare to hear of a worker committing  suicide, attempting suicide or threatening to kill any one who is providing disability insurance privately. When Meredith proposed some sort of disability insurance for workers, there were no private insurers that offered this type of insurance so this was better than nothing and in today’s workers compensation system, nothing is what workers get.

Jan 202017
 

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/2-died-of-gunshot-wounds-in-edmonton-murder-suicide-1.3942900

“Deutscher most recently worked in Edmonton as a medical consultant with the Alberta Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB), where his name is among the 10 highest earners on the 2015 compensation disclosure list.”

Jun 182012
 

The new worker’s compensation bill … is an example of man’s inhumanity to man. It is inhumane in the way workers will be treated and is also a good example of social Darwinism.

The so-called new benefits they claim makes them falling-on-the-floor laughable. Increasing the death benefit and payment for disfigurement will cost probably less than a mere $100,000 a year, while the other changes likely will cut injured workers’ benefits tens of millions of dollars or more.

Workers will have to have a lawyer now in almost every case, who will basically have to work for free. They’ll visit a lot of law offices, but I’ll bet they never find that lawyer. (I was chairman of the Mississippi State Advisory Board to the Mississippi Workmen’s Commission in 1994 and around that period for some time handled more cases before the commission, representing insurance companies, than any other single lawyer.)

It was passed because the Legislature (and Governor God) wait each year for the Mississippi Economic Council to come down from the mountain with what they want done written on their stone tablets.

The last few decades prove that letting these so-called businessmen run the state will always keep Mississippi at the wrong end of every state ranking of performances. They aren’t really true capitalists. All they think about is the next quarterly or annual profit-and-loss statement and making sure someone else pays the taxes.

We need some true capitalists who look at the whole picture and work toward a good future for all and not just to keep the money slide headed in their direction regardless of what the costs are to everyone else.

Joe Clay Hamilton

Meridian

 

Original Source:  Worker’s comp changes inhumane?

 

Notably is the fact that the article was written by a lawyer who represented employers and was the chairman of the Mississippi State Advisory Board to the Mississippi Workmen’s Commission. Workers have to realize that their enemy is not the “Boards”, it is the people they elect and specifically the people who are elected and form the government. People like Redford, former premiers of Alberta, Klein,Stelmach, Getty,Lougheed and the present Minister in charge of WCB, Hancock along with former Ministers in charge of WCB, Lukaszuk, Goudreau, Evans, Dunford, Smith are despicable people who allow the abuse of workers by not proposing and enacting appropriate legislation, regulations and policies to enable workers to be treated with fairness, dignity and self respect rather than forcing workers to either commit suicide to end their torment or to continue to fight for acceptance of their claims and benefits and being driven to major depression, homicidal thoughts of killing their tormentors and as well alienating their families by their extreme helplessness to do anything to make the government listen to their pleas for help. All of the afore mentioned people should be charged with crimes against humanity and either be incarcerated for life or face the death penalty. I consider crimes of this nature far worse than treason, yet these people who have the power to stop the abuse and inhumanities to workers seem to think that everything is okay and workers are dissatisfied with how their claims have been handled. What started off as a good system is presently nothing more than a sham to make workers and the public believe that the system will look after workers if a worker suffers a work related injury. Nothing could be further from the truth as many disabled workers have to turn to social programs paid for by taxpayers and sponsored by the despicable people who have unfortunately been voted back in to continue to abuse workers.

 

Gerry Miller