Corruption Alleged in The Workers’ Comp System Investigated in 1993-How About Now?
I don’t know what happened with the investigation in 1993. I’m guessing not much since the same type of behavior has been witnessed with my own eyes.
In 1993, a number of incidents were brought to the attention of the Department of Industrial Relations regarding expensive gifts given to judges in Orange County from layers and doctors to manipulate cases in their direction. Evidence shows that many insurance adjusters are not doing their jobs. QMEs who do favors and brag to the injured worker are in plain view.
My case involves attorneys and the presiding judge from Orange County and in Van Nuys. It involves an adjuster that doesn’t comply to the rules, a QME with a preliminary report dated March 5, 2009 that has more twists and turns that the Medical Unit in Sacramento received a complaint about it and replied with a formal written apology for the QME’s behavior. Yet, nothing was done to proceed with assistance for my receiving medical attention or compensation. Furthermore, he was a psychiatrist. I had developed high blood pressure and anxiety from the workload, pressure, and other situations at work over the years. In reality I should have seen an internal medicine QME.
I have listed three important links below. A Los Angeles Times article alleging corruption in Orange County back in 1993. A document from the Department of Industrial Relations of California including various emails from individuals, attorneys, stating their concerns in the careless acts of judges, and insurance staff. A number of judges finally apologized and corrected their actions. And, a link to the list of disciplined QMEs.
I have been trying to get the QME I was forced to see on that important list. When I submitted the letter from the Medical Unit to the Orange County court with other evidence for my MSC the attorney hastily lied to the judge and she was either in on it or just plain dumb, because she had the letter in her hands as she signed a court order to force me to go back to that QME instead of the other QME that was very prominent in their field that I selected from my panel of three. The attorney lied, he said the report was final and non-industrial, that they just wanted to offer me another opinion. In fact, it was a preliminary, unfinished report that was already found to have errors and inconsistencies from the Medical Unit. They agreed I can have a nurse to make me feel comfortable and I can tape record it. How sick is that? Of course I didn’t go. That attorney didn’t even include that I had high blood pressure and anxiety. He was trying to pull off that I had a psych case. How sinister can he get for my employer? I never even filed a claim before a representative from the insurance company sent me a letter of denial with a not that I can appeal that. It was dated 10 days after the date of injury. Four of those days were weekend days. When the Van Nuys judge on the second MSC did the same thing after saying he didn’t see why I shouldn’t go to the other QME. Why would he say it’s fine to go to the other one and then change his mind in a second when the attorney pulls out a form for him to sign, a court order to force me to go to that same QME? How suspicious is that?
A lot of strange and disturbing acts were forced upon me. We have a trial set for June 28, 2012 in Van Nuys court. This is in hope I set aside the C & R due to “fraud and coercion”. Yes, I am Pro Per. I call myself “Matlock”. The judge already threw out about 98% of my documented evidence during the first part of the trial in April 2012. Each time the attorney objected she agreed. Even though the evidence was very relevant to what is in the C & R.
There are too many signs of lack of professionalism in all the parties involved for me not to proceed with an investigation in all the matters involved and to get the “new” complaint file to the right person(s) to evaluate.
1993 Los Angeles Times: http://articles.latimes.com/1993-06-17/news/mn-3991_1_compensation-judge
California Department of Industrial Relations Redacted Emails Sent In on the Subject of the Workers’ Compensation Forums held in April, 2012:
California Department of Industrial Relations QME Discipline List: http://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/medicalunit/DisciplineList.html