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    Good for you, and good luck. The real reason I feel so strongly on this issue is these people will continue to operate just as they did with you, as long as nothing is done about it. It's a dirty, thankless job, but SOMEBODY has to do it.  ;)

    In my case, my employer callied me and my co-workers 'independent contractors' when we no more fit the definition than a coal miner does, except that we had to supply some of the equipment we needed OTJ. They then turned around and took W/C out of our paychecks - you read that correctly. When I was injured, I filed a claim. It was immediately denied. In the denial letter, it stated, in part: "If you disagree with this decision, you may wish to seek the advice of an attorney." That's all I did. I'd suffered a severe whiplash injury (1.5mm displacement at C5-C6) which required 18 months of recuperation. One of the doctors I saw stated "In effect, you broke your neck" - and I was initially denied!

    The W/C report validating my claim stated I was 47% disabled (even I didn't really agree I was that badly injured, but after living off $114/wk in W/C 'contingent liability pay' for a year, I had no qualms about the size of the settlement.

    There'd been a cluster of 5 injuries in about a 3-month period, mine being 1 (it wasn't a reckless worksite; it was an inherently dangerous job). We ALL filed, were denied, fought it, and won. On top of that, the company paid a HUGE fine over the W/C deductions issue.

    It was a "piecework" job - we were paid per unit of work. The pay per unit hadn't been increased in 25 years, and the W/C they were taking out of our checks had risen from 6.5% to 12.5% just during my 2 years on the job. Hence, when they stopped taking out W/C, my former fellow employees got their first raise in 25 years - a 12.5% one, no less. Yet the 5 of us were all considered pariahs by those same employees - "because we sued the company." Go figure.

    I find it hilarious to this day that the ONLY thing I did was follow the very advice W/C gave me in the initial denial letter! LMAO...

    Good Luck!

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    "I woke up this morning, and I got myself a beer. The future's uncertain, and the end is always near." - Jim Morrison

    by grndrush on Tue Mar 28, 2006 at 09:33:51 PM PST

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