If you are looking for a great workers compensation attorney, make sure you do not hire Neal Strom. I was very unhappy with Neal Strom and his Chicago law firm. Many lawyers talk a great line of shit to obtain your business and then do nothing. Stay away from this lawyer. Chicago has many great workers compensation lawyers, and you need an honest one at the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission to get your benefits. I just got emails from Avvo because someone objected to my poor rating of Neal Strom. I proved my point and Neal Strom has a lousy rating. I wish he worked that hard on my case.
Last week in July, Alderman Edward Burke, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Chicago Committee on Finance was again in another mishap that caused massive internal bleeding and bruising that can cause the end of his storied political career. Chairman Edward M. Burke has been looking very frail for quite some time, has hidden his frailties with fancy suits and his iron grip of the Chicago media. Chairman Edward Burke’s staff at the 14th Ward office told me flowers can be sent to his 14th ward office at any time. They also told me he is missing from work again today.
According to sources at the Mayor’s Rahm Emanuel’s office, Chairman Edward Burke will keep a very low profile and hope he is reelected and Mayor Rahm Emanuel agreed to place Edward’s brother Illinois State Representative Daniel J. Burke after the Aldermanic election. Many 14th ward Hispanics are upset because Edward is not sharing the power and the tens of millions of dollars of contributions from Chicago contractors and those wanting favors from Alderman Burke. Edward Burke has controlled the St. Pat’s day parade, billions in no-bid contracts, and controls all the Chicago judges that look the other way when Edward is doling out campaign contributions to Chicago Alderman.
This is a great time for Hispanics to take control of the 14th ward that looks like a Mexican barrio. The hard-working Hispanic population in the 14th ward have been hoodwinked long enough. Please sent get well wishes and flowers to:
Chairman Edward Burke
2650 W. 51st Street
Chicago, IL 60632
Anyone that is a member of an Illinois Union might think the Mark Janus decision is a loss. Wrong. The Mark Janus decision is a much-needed reality check for all Unions to wake the fuck up and get their shit together. Sorry about the tough guy language but these Union Goons have milked the fat for far too long.
While many Union Managers and Business agents have gone to bat for their members, most are greedy and lazy. Most members are unaware of their high pay and benefits. Union agents have not done their duty to aggressively protect members and have gotten far to close with management. Many City of Chicago employees are falsely accused of behavior infractions, are disciplined and have Union Agents at meeting doing nothing. In almost every case, the agents do not provide lawyers to fight unfair charges. One agent went to my hearing drunk and failed to me protect at all.
Many of the Union Goons are arrogant, disrespectful, and full of self-worth. They talk down to members and do nothing. The agents are always available to make overtime at meetings, drink and drive union cars, and enjoy untold benefits. Most agents live an unhealthy life.
Now, many agents are going to have to provide a service to members and do their job. The old days of cuddling up to politicians, hiring their unqualified family members are over. If you would see Chicago Union agents tripping over themselves to accommodate the alderman and Mayor, you would be embarrassed. Chicago union goons would also become too closely associated with Judges and their campaigns. Maybe now, agents are going to make sure their members are not permanently crippled in dangerous ditches anymore. Maybe agents will stop by jobsites and make sure their members needs are met. This could be a great time for union agents to learn their respective trades and become more valuable to society. Maybe the union goons will stop pissing money away on silly expenses and have more respect for the people paying their way.
I told all of you years ago this day would arrive. The Unions kept screwing with people and they got their payback. This could cause union agents to retaliate against workers that refuse to pay. Many Union members in Chicago pay thousands and thousands of dollars in yearly fees and get nothing in return. There is big money at stake.
Some Unions provide a great service to their industries. The Union training programs are the best in the world. The benefits come at a high price but are well deserved. I hope the Union goons are aware this day would arrive just like I said it would. Rauner is a maggot that is destroying the Illinois Workers Compensation System, memos to arbitrators include demands to shortchange the injured. Now the Unions need to get together and fight for their lives. If the Unions fail to change they are doomed. If the unions keep the Illinois Labor Board cases for their friends and family, the members will not pay.
Work hard and faithfully and you will enjoy the benefits and respect of your customers.
Today was sad for the City of Chicago as Sean Walsh walked away from the Department of Water Management. The second highest educated collage Plumber at the City packed his bags and is on to better opportunities. Sean Walsh served his country during the recent war in Iraq. The Chicago Plumbers Union has a picture of that in their bookcases. Sean Walsh was a hard worker and brought a work ethic needed at the Department of Water Management.
I enjoyed working for Sean and found him to know what needed to be done. Sean acted with confidence and made good decisions. Sean will be a major loss to the City of Chicago. I contacted the Mayor’s office and Rahm said he will investigate it. Just about one year ago, several Department of Water Management employees working at the Jardine Plant told me Sean was the most qualified person for the Superintendent position and the Commissioner refused to interview Sean. Rahm Emanuel promised at the Shakman release hearings to have honest promotions. Chicago will never learn to do thing the right way and continue to promote friends the Mayor wants to reward for politics. Keep paying those sky-high water bills Chicago, it will be worse soon.
Special thanks again to Sean Walsh for his hard work and dedication to the Department of Water Management. You will be missed. Best of luck in your new career. Remove Rahm Emanuel from office and we will keep good employees.
On Wednesday, June 20, 2018, many of the Illinois dirty crooks gathered to slice up the Illinois Workers’ Compensation pie for their own selfish use. Back in the old days, the crooks kept to themselves, sliced up the cash, and went on their way. The new breed of thieves is much worse and they steal from people with no way to defend themselves. Lawyers were a noble profession but the worst scum practice workers compensation. No doubt, Illinois workers’ compensation lawyers include some of the sleaziest dirtbags known to man.
The lawyers that practice workers compensation in Chicago includes lawyers part of the Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association. Some of these lawyers cut deals that are not in their client’s best interest. Some of these lawyers refuse to file paperwork to reinstate benefits, promise the moon to get the business, and then sit on the case starving their clients. As soon as some of these lawyers get the signature from the injured worker, they feel like their job is done. They wait until a client is starved and then willing to take a cheap settlement far below value. The lawyers are willing to sign off on scam lawsuit loans because they get a client off their back for a long time. Some of these loans are 36-39 percent annual percentage rate loans compounded every six months. What kind of a shit lawyer would encourage a client to take these loans? By the time the client gets a settlement, nothing is left. Some lawyers get a percentage of the proceeds of the loans, mainly in Chicago. If you attempt to obtain a new lawyer, the commission lists the prior lawyer name so they can contol the case from start to finish. It is all about the final cut.
One of the last meetings was an Appellate Court Luncheon. People could ask Justices questions about current trends in workers compensation. The lawyers at the University Club enjoyed a nice meal provided by contractors that make millions screwing injured workers and provided fraudulent medical reports that are so false as to be a joke. The lawyers on hand were asking silly questions to gain favor from the Justices. It was embarrassing.
The State of Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission staff, Arbitrators, and Commissioner enjoyed a $100.00-dollar freebee. It is a major embarrassment, these staff members are rubbing elbows, talking about cases, sharing envelopes, vacation homes with the same people that they are policing. That is like the prisoners sharing the jail with the wardens. Government employees responsible for protecting injured workers are violating the open meetings act. These Government employees should not be in a meeting that cannot be enjoyed by the public.
Governor Rauner has made a joke of the workers’ compensation commission. One IWCC workers joked, “the niggers ruined a good thing”. “remove their people cases and the system will work again”. Almost every case heard by the Chicago Illinois Workers Compensation Commission is fixed. Some lawyers are not held accountable for being unprepared. Many lawyers collude with other lawyers to fix cases and make fees at the end of the case. Some lawyers go to court ill prepared with no medical records. Now, the IWCC is so screwed up, injured workers have no idea when their cases will be heard. The online notification system is so lacking lawyers lie to their clients on when hearings occur. This is not a mistake, the Arbitrators do not want injured workers around, so they will see how messy the IWCC is run.
The fix is in and the injured workers suffer. You can run, but you cannot hide.
By DR. DAVID FLETCHER
There’s a crisis looming in our state’s workers’ compensation system. If allowed to fester, it will keep workers from receiving timely medical treatment for workplace injuries. It will delay workers’ recoveries and their return to their jobs. And it will end up costing more for the very businesses and insurers seeking efficiencies in the system.
This crisis is not one you’ve heard about from the business and insurance communities. It’s a crisis created by their failure to implement laws that have been on the books in Illinois for more than a decade.
As doctors who care for workers compensation patients, here are our concerns: Illinois law spells out the right for medical professionals to receive prompt payment for the care we give to patients with workplace injuries.
Just like any other business or profession, we need to be paid for that care we give, so that we can compensate our employees and keep open the doors of our medical practices.
Yet, many Illinois workers’ compensation insurers completely ignore the prompt payment law. To date, there has been no remedy for doctors and other caregivers who remain unpaid for months and months at a time.
Furthermore, state law mandates that insurers accept electronic billing and documentation for workers’ compensation claims. This expedites the process.
Yet, many insist on an obsolete paper-based medical billing system, which delays medical care to injured workers and wastes resources.
Add to this bleak reality a recent, alarming increase in delayed payments for already-approved workers’ compensation medical care claims. The result is more and more physicians unable or unwilling to treat injured workers.
Since 2005, the Workers’ Compensation Act has allowed medical professionals a late interest penalty for approved workers’ compensation medical care.
Yet there is no way for doctors and others to enforce or collect this interest.
Even if the workers’ compensation insurer approves care for an injured worker, it can and often delays payment for the medical treatment rendered. These delays can last for years.
A recent court ruling found that medical professionals can’t even go to court to collect this interest.
Since the court decision, these payment delays have worsened to the point of doctors dropping out of the system.
What’s lost in the current debate on workers’ compensation policy is that medical professionals — the physicians, surgeons, hospitals and specialists — actually provide the care that supports our entire system.
Medical professionals are the ones who get injured employees back to work, reduce employer costs for time off and long-term injuries and work with employers to prevent work-related accidents from even happening in the first place.
We are often blamed for the system’s ills, even though we are in a unique position to make that system function.
When workers are hurt on the job, they need timely access to dedicated physicians, surgeons and specialists to treat their injuries. We in the medical community stand ready with solutions to the problems that are threatening the health of our workers’ compensation system.
It’s time to pass legislation that forces workers’ compensation insurers to start following the law. The alternative is having doctors and care centers rush to the exits.
John Maszinski, who works for the Illinois State Medical Society, submitted this piece by Dr. David Fletcher of Champaign.
SISTER PLEASE…. PLEASE WEAR YOUR HARD HAT AND HELMET AT ALL TIMES. DRESS FOR WORK. STOP GOING TO STORE TO STORE. THOSE ARE NOT PROPER SHOES.
The City of Chicago Commissioner Randy Conner said he will buckle down on the Department of Water Management employees that continue to walk around doing nothing as Chicago Citizens are leaving Chicago. New Chicago Water Rates are going to make more people move soon.
Today at 9:30 p.m. a Chicago Water Department driver of a bricklayer crew went to 5509 North Harlem Ave. to walk around and talk on her private phone to friends. Sister PLEASE, do not talk so loudly that everyone can hear you. When she went to Taco Burrito King she forgot to wear her hard hat and safety vest. Sister PLEASE. She left the place after complaining about the high price of pop and decided to get a drink at a lower price. Please flush next time.
She walked out of the place of business after leaving her truck unattended with a full load of FA6 backfill, expensive cast iron sewer grates, expensive material, and tools. Sister PLEASE.
She got into her truck, got in the left lane, went south on Harlem, and went to the Wendy’s for some more affordable drinks. She enjoyed the air-conditioning and continued talking on her personal cell phone while at the counter. What a great job Randy Conner made for this young thing. Thanks, Randy, your reforms include employees doing the same old stuff as the last management team. I really hate to see an empty truck, not on a job site, and not earning money for Chicago’s taxpayers. It is time theft.
Back at the Sunnyside yard, another bricklayer crew was getting disciplined for another round of loafing. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Inspector General can control the Chicago Newspapers all they want, you can not hide this stuff, or make it up.
The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Program is under fire again as insiders game the system for their benefit. The City of Chicago, The Department of Water Management, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Alderman Burke, Illinois Lawyers have been fixing workers compensation cases for decades. One of the best tricks is the MMI maximum medical improvement doctors give to aid in the remove of employees and forcing settlements. The City of Chicago refuses to allow workers to return unless they receive a full Doctors release. The City of Chicago, under Alderman Burke’s direction, still allow major settlements for well-connected lawyers and employees that game the system year after year. Despite the major settlements, the City signs off on the loss of the person, quite opposite the full release. What? When you settle the Illinois Workers Compensation claim, you sign off the permanent loss. So, if you have a permanent loss, how can you return with no restrictions? The Illinois Lawyers have been working that angle for years and it is Insurance FRAUD. Alderman Burke takes hack Chicago law department lawyers off the cases and puts his private law firms to handle the cases for massive campaign contributions.
A major shuffle at the Chicago Committee on Finance will not save Crooked Burke. According to several Chicago Mayoral candidates, it will be an issue this next two years.
Please enjoy a lady I am going to write about and tell you about the criminal treatment she has received. Cynthia reported her poor treatment by Ed Vrdolyak and his workers’ compensation lawyer Mr. Casey. Mr. Casey seemed too busy to help Cynthia when she had a major stroke and was subject to abuses by the City of Chicago. When Mr. Casey was removed from her case, Mr. Casey went to the new Attorney to make sure he gets a cut “of the action”. This happened at the Illinois Workers Compensation Commission when the transition was made. Amazing what you see and “hear” in those hallways. Cases like these result in crippled workers getting less money and lawyers on both sides splitting the fees.
Alderman Burke has made a great life for him and his old lady, too bad he did so on the back of 65-year-old women, that just lost her husband, and got screwed out of her lawful benefits. Hey Alderman Burke, you keep the Chicago newspapers quiet about your lavish lifestyle, take a look at a lady whose life you have destroyed for greed.
Time to get my Irish Video hat on soon.
The City of Chicago Department of Water Management, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and Alderman Burke were front and center again in a massive amount of accusations at the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission May 22, 2018. The Chicago Water Department was again accused of providing cover for injured city workers with clout. The Water Department again was accused of withholding injured workers payments to force settlements on black women and those that can not get signatures for Emanuel and other Chicago politicians. According to a source at the Jardine Plant, you pay to play.
One worker revealed he was eating out of garbage cans and was under the care of multiple doctors from the lack of needed care. One of those in attendance made a snicker. One worker revealed how Alderman Burke hires no-bid private contractors and receives lucrative kickbacks. One disgruntled worker in the Committee on Finance and finally spoke with the Chicago FBI office. An explosive set of documents are now in the public domain.
Cynthia Davenport, (case 05-WC-002827) a crippled 65-year-old women, just lost her husband. The City of Chicago under Mr. Conners, Commissioner of the Department of Water Management, continues to allow this crippled DOWM bricklayer to stave on only half disability pay. Many crippled employees do not even get that. Tomorrow, she will be at the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission to attempt to receive the duty disability pay reinstated. Cynthia was also a victim of Vocamotive Vocational program that sent this lady to whore houses to make her, “non-compliant”. She was sent to attempt to work nights at a place that had young ladies with short skirts and no panties allegedly servicing older men.
I surprised they didn’t force her to become a dancing instructor at “Fred Astaire”, her walker would be a great asset. As long as Vocamotive continues to contribute to Alderman Burke, this shit will continue. The City hired a Dan Weiler a private Attorney Hennessy and Roach P.C. to attempt to destroy her. It worked before.
Allegations such as Federal violations, labor laws, financial destruction, divorces, were common. Accusations such as Mercy Works Doctors sending referrals. Workers were treated “Like a subhuman animal”. DOWM women treatments steered treatment to destroy black women lies. The Committee on Finance. Examples of collusion with private lawyers lying to clients about settlements. It seems the City of Chicago is refusing to accept pictures of brutal injuries. One claimant is still waiting over 7 years for his settlement, but they refuse to settle until he is retired, and government benefits are used to pay for his needed care. Sounds like fraud to me.
A Chicago cop physically attacked Patrick McDonough in one case and the Chicago Inspector General failed to protect Mr. McDonough. Accusations of Chicago and Committee on Finance fraud, changing medical diagnosis was abound. Stunning accusations. What will the IWCC do to stop the City of Chicago?
What will the Alderman do? Thanks to former city employees and Frank Coconate, Federal Attorneys, and others, this will all be exposed prior to the next election.
Paul Hansen a former City of Chicago Department of Water Management employees name was brought up several times. Have a nice day, more on this soon.