Thursday, March 3, 2011

WFAA-TV wrote “a remarkable number of Texans committed suicide because they could no longer endure the pain caused by their injuries and they had been repeatedly turned down for worker's comp care.”

The following quote from WFAA's Peabody Award winning series proves that Workers Comp Insurance Companies are stripping medical records from files and ignoring life threatening medical conditions :

“Several stories detail possible fraud or questionable actions practiced by at least several major insurance carriers, but ignored and unpunished by regulators. The WFAA-TV series has revealed how some insurance companies send peer review doctors medical files "stripped" of records important to the possible approval of workers' comp claims. Those peer review doctors who routinely deny care receive lucrative contracts, while those who approve care fail to be rehired.”
(story link seen below)

WFAA also wrote the following regarding criminal prosecutions of insurance companies in Texas:

“the number of insurance companies referred since 2000? Zero.”
WFAA revealed that the Texas Workers Comp Commissioner was a former insurance company lobbyist.
When he said he was not WFAA showed his lobbyist business card !!!! HE LATER RESIGNED !!
WFAA removed the old link I had to their series, but I found the following link. You will need to scroll down the linked webpage to be able to access each of the 19 parts.

I also have proof that the exact same failure to prosecute Workers Comp Insurance Companies is happening in Tennessee.
Please go to to see how the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Workers Comp Fraud Unit failed to prosecute one insurance company in the 9 years they existed.
You’ll see the very sad story of injured worker Dean Weidner who was featured on Nashville TV stations.

Dean was about 30 years old when he fell through the loading dock of his employer. He was denied Workers Comp medical treatment and had to lie in bed because of the pain from his herniated disks.

Dean was in bed so long he got a blood clot that went to his heart and had a stroke, and the last I heard, at the age of 30, he was in Vanderbilt intensive care being fed through a tube.

What happened to Dean Weidner is not isolated, it is occurring on a widespread basis nationwide
Barry Schmittou

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