The LA County Observer

Observations of a LA County Resident

Los Angeles County Supervisors “fiddle” while the Department of Health Services “burns”.

I submitted the “op-ed” below to the Los Angeles Times for consideration, the response I got back was “I don’t think we can run this as an op-ed…” I called to find out why and Robin (Editor, Op-ed) went on to explain that my op-ed was too personal.  Well, I’m sorry to say that to […]

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Suicide and Workers’ Compensation

I’ve often wondered how many injured workers either contemplate or commit suicide out of despair and feeling that suicide is their only recourse to ending the constant pain in which they’ve been forced to live with. I’ve grown accustomed to the blank stares that I receive when I’ve poised this question to various “leaders” in […]

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Eureka – Physical Therapy Schedule, and it only took 3 Months!

They say that Workers’ Compensation is supposed to help get the injured worker back to pre-injury condition, but as this injured worker has learned there’s no guarantee when or if that care will even be provided. In my last post, I wrote about waiting for my treating physician’s request for physical therapy (PT) to get […]

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Sequela

Plural sequelae \-?kwe-(?)l?\ An aftereffect of a disease, condition, or injury A secondary result As defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary As I sit here at home waiting to learn when I’ll finally have my physical therapy (PT) appointment, I wondered how many other injured workers’ suffer from sequela/ae due to the foot dragging, oops I […]

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How did I get here? And why I got an attorney?

When I suffered my work-related injury being represented by an attorney was the furthest thing from my mind that is until I felt that Adventist Health (that religious hospital/healthcare corporation) was “messing” with my care. After my fall on the wet floor of the restroom at the hospital I was sent to our employer’s workers’ […]

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Workers’ Compensation medical care versus your private insurance medical care

The other day I read an interesting post written by Dr. Kathleen Kozak a physician from Hawaii who has a column in Honolulu Civil Beat. Her column, which can be read here bolstered my own personal theory that has been germinating for quite some time now. I’ve often wondered over the past many years if […]

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The “Patient dumping” scheme in Workers’ Compensation

Eureka! I think I figured out how employers or at least my former employer, Adventist Health (that religious hospital/healthcare corporation), saves money on the treatment of my work-related injury – they pawn it off on my private insurance. I think it’s the Workers’ Compensation (WC) version of a patient dumping scheme. Over the past several […]

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So, I caused my cardiac issue or so says Adventist Health

As I ended in my last post, I left my internal medicine consult with the need to get a cardiac clearance before I could be cleared for right shoulder surgery. Once again, Adventist Health (that religious hospital/healthcare corporation) left it to me, the injured worker, to make all the necessary arrangements to secure the needed […]

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If I thought getting medical clearance would be easy I was seriously mistaken!

As you all may know; and in case you didn’t; clearances (not the kind you get at Nordie’s) but the medical kind are as much a part of the surgical process as are the nurses, surgeons and anesthesiologist. So in short you can’t have one without the other, at least for the planned surgical procedures, […]

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The problem with corporation “values” statements

Mission and value statements can be very helpful in defining what drives corporate culture, but they can also shed a light on a corporation’s weaknesses. While gathering information on Adventist Health I stumbled on their corporate website (https://www.adventisthealth.org/pages/about-us/mission-vision-and-values.aspx). After reading their published values I found I couldn’t help but adding my “two cents” to reflect […]

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