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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A Radical Revisitation of Radiculopathy

Radiculopathy, that’s when a T-Rex with sunglasses does a skateboard trick right? Nope.

Is that when you have an injury in your back? Getting warmer but not entirely true.

Well, what is it then?

This is why we’ve deemed it necessary to revisit this somewhat confusing, but nonetheless ‘rad’ term used in medicine.
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Workers’ Comp: the Central Issue in California’s Battle over Prop 22

Hector Castellanos, a full-time driver for rideshare giants Uber and Lyft, was injured in the course of work when he was struck by another car “I was hit by another driver while I was working, ended up needing the surgery and months of physical therapy, and I had to stop working for about a year,”

This issue was taken to court after Castellanos alleged that he had been promised a pay raise and increased healthcare by the company, a promise that had not been fulfilled.

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Summer 2021 COVID-19 Report

In the months following the initial vaccine distribution early this year, it started to feel as though COVID-19 was soon to be a distant memory, a thing of the past. People began going outside, mask mandates were lifted, friends and families reunited. Much joy was had.

Of course, as we know having lived the past few months, this didn’t last very long.
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Factors to Consider Regarding the Future of California Workers’ Compensation

Dear reader, look into our crystal ball. It shows you the future of California workers’ compensation. All who gaze into it see something different. Some see a workers comp system running with the clarity and ease of a mountain stream. Others simply scream and run away.

In this post we will examine workers’ compensation as it is today, and see if we can use this insight to make a few educated guesses of what the future holds.

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RateFast Podcast: Automation in Workers’ Compensation

This article is a transcription of an episode of the RateFast podcast, which you can listen to by searching “RateFast” in iTunes or the iOS podcast store.

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

Do you feel secure about your job? What if you heard that a robot was about to take over the occupation that you’ve had for the last 10 years? How would you react then?
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RateFast Podcast: In the Engine Room: Special Guest, Marten Thompson

This article is a transcription of an episode of the RateFast podcast, which you can listen to by searching “RateFast” in iTunes or the iOS podcast store.

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

Who says you’ll never use the major you graduated with? Application developers like Marten Thompson bring their skills to the table to keep the RateFast service up and running. One of those skills involves a great deal of math.
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RateFast Podcast: A Look Inside the RateFast Engine Room

This article is a transcription of an episode of the RateFast podcast, which you can listen to by searching “RateFast” in iTunes or the iOS podcast store.

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

RateFast is an original web application that streamlines and simplifies the workers’ compensation process for doctors. All the physician has to do is enter in information and the program will tell them which data, if any, is missing. This reduces any confusion on behalf of both the physicians and doctors; a doctor’s version of TurboTax, if you will.
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RateFast Podcast: Data Reliability: The Chicken Price Index

This article is a transcription of an episode of the RateFast podcast, which you can listen to by searching “RateFast” in iTunes or the iOS podcast store.

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

You might not think that they could be related, but there are actually a lot of similarities between the topics of the price of chicken and the price of insurance claims in workers’ comp. For starters, if there is no standard that sets the value of the price for either, then that means the powers that be can charge what they want, with no rhyme or reason.
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RateFast Podcast: QME’s: The Art of Workers’ Compensation

This article is a transcription of an episode of the RateFast podcast, which you can listen to by searching “RateFast” in iTunes or the iOS podcast store.

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

Doctors like Dr. Teodoro Nissen find joy in helping out those in need. From pediatrics and pathology to orthopedics and sports trauma, he has followed a path of healing the less fortunate and ultimately settled on being a QME in workers’ compensation.
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