RateFast Podcast: The Gates of Hell Pt. V – Hell and Workers’ Compensation

We have arrived at the conclusion of our series on Dante’s poem Inferno and Rodin’s sculpture The Gates of Hell where we finally explore the topic of how this relates to workers’ compensation.

Dr. John Alchemy and Cory Oleson explore the metaphor between the injured worker’s experience through a claim that is dragging on, and Dante’s experience going through hell.

It’s not all fire and brimstone, however. There could be a light at the end of the tunnel. To find out how, give this episode a listen!

If you’re a workers’ compensation provider, adjuster, or case manager check out RateFast Express: the service that writes your impairment reports for you!


 

Workers’ Compensation Hell: Getting Through to the Other Side

This post is based on a five-part podcast series that we did with art historian Paul Costa covering the topic Dante Alighieri, his seminal work Inferno, 1800s French sculptor Auguste Rodin, and his famous piece The Gates of Hell. We encourage you to check it out! 

Injured workers who have spent enough time stuck in the workers’ compensation system very well may refer to their experience with the process as hell. 

We’re referring to claims that have dragged on for 6 – 10 months and beyond. The harrowing experience of being stuck in the claim can be equal to, and sometimes worse, than the workplace injury itself.

Here we examine just how these work comp claims can be like hell, specifically from the perspective of Dante’s work, Inferno.

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RateFast Podcast: When Zero Means More than Nothing

Expanding on the idea of 0% WPI in workers’ comp claims from previous episodes, Dr. John Alchemy takes this opportunity to elaborate that 0% WPI doesn’t necessarily mean that everything about the injury is ‘in the clear’.

If you’re a workers’ compensation provider, adjuster, or case manager check out RateFast Express: the service that writes your impairment reports for you!

 

The Gates of Hell Pt. IV – Auguste Rodin Building the Gates of Hell

Part IV of our podcast series on Dante’s Inferno, and Rodin’s Gates of Hell. Here we behold the gates in the flesh.

In this penultimate episode of our series, we travel with Historian of Italian art and owner of Tuscan Tour Guide,  Paul Costa, into the early 20th century to meet Auguste Rodin.

We learn about how Rodin interpreted Dante’s vision to sculpt his depiction of the Gates of Hell as described by Dante Alighieri. We learn some very interesting facts about the time period, and Rodin’s spiritual connection to the author of The Inferno.

If you’re a workers’ compensation provider, adjuster, or case manager check out RateFast Express: the service that writes your impairment reports for you!

Interview with a Pioneer: William A. Norcross MD

This month we are joined by very special guest, Dr. William Norcross, MD, whose accomplishments include establishing the UCSD PACE Program to help physicians mental health, as well as being the educational mentor of RateFast’s own Dr. John Alchemy, MD!

We speak with William about the mental health of doctors is a crisis all its own, compounded by the crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic. We also discuss ways that you can help your fellow physicians (and other people in general!) and briefly discuss the Ursinus College William A. Norcross MD ’70 Fund

If you’re a workers’ compensation provider, adjuster, or case manager check out RateFast Express: the service that writes your impairment reports for you!

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Contributing to the Future of Medicine: The Ursinus College William A. Norcross, M.D. ’70 Fund

Physicians, often deservedly, are looked at by the public as people who have an almost bottomless capacity to help people. This was put to test during the coronavirus pandemic, where healthcare workers put everything they had and more into their jobs in order to try and save the lives of people during the worst pandemic of our lifetime.

In reality, healthcare professionals are flesh and bone human beings, subject to the same physical and mental constraints as anyone else. Many in the field make it part of their job to obscure that fact for the sake of their patients… and often their peers.

But what happens when a physician needs help? When they’re struggling with depression, or even substance abuse (Dr. House, anyone?)? Worst of all, what conditions lead to a doctor deciding to take their own life?
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The Cost of Shivered Timbers: Pirates and Workers’ Compensation

Sometimes you hear a fact that’s surprising, even though it makes complete sense. The pirates of history having workers’ comp, for example.

At first it seems a bit backwards. Pirates with their reputation of being famously nationless, prone to mutiny and marooning crew members, not to mention being generally reckless.

But examining each of these points actually stands to justify workers’ compensation on the seven seas.
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RateFast Podcast: The Gates of Hell Pt. II – Raising Inferno

Part II of our trip to hell and back!

Historian of Italian art and owner of Tuscan Tour Guide,  Paul Costa, brings us into the life and times of Dante Alighieri, his influence and how he saw the world around him.

But why Dante? What does this have to do with workers’ compensation? We will arrive at the answer at the end of our series. To get there, we must go through Inferno itself. See you in hell.

If you’re a workers’ compensation provider, adjuster, or case manager check out RateFast Express: the service that writes your impairment reports for you!