Workers’ Compensation Settlements: What They Are, And What They Are Not

Having been a Workers’ Comp secretary in my younger days, many types of claims were recorded for all kinds of issues.

For instance, there are claims for Workers’ Comp that are so devastating they are considered life-changing events, especially when viewing the before-and-after photos of the claimants.  The claimant’s person has changed so dramatically that it’s tragic.

Other injuries occur from employees working overtime because they’ve experienced physical exhaustion, thus not being as alert as they would have been during regularly-scheduled hours.

In other instances, employees began working at a company and were healthy individuals.  However, over time they began experiencing asthma, asbestosis, mesothelioma, pneumonia, and other respiratory problems because the work site is unhealthy (i.e., a sick building).

Whatever the claim is, there is a question behind it: Was the employer directly responsible for said injuries that occurred in the workplace?

That is the gist of awarding any Workers’ Comp settlement!

The injuries have to be valid, meaning they interfered with the employee’s quality of life to such an extent that the individual had to seek medical treatment (when medical treatment is available on-site [i.e., dispensary, nurse facility, at the very least a first-aid kit, etc.] with the employer), along with reaching out to their physician. Medical documentation is of utmost importance when pursuing a Workers’ Comp claim.

What can also occur are physical injuries which created emotional and mental trauma. Physical injuries are generally visual, but the ones involving mental health are invisible. Thus, before a claim is approved for an award in this type of claim the mental health issue needs to have been established and proven it was a direct result of the injury in the workplace by unquestionable mental health experts. Also, before this type of claim is granted a settlement, there is a responsibility from the claimant to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the employer is directly responsible for the physical injury which occurred in the first place.

Now we come to the subject of company leadership. Is the leader of a company responsible for everything that occurs within a company? Yes, theoretically.  That individual is the leader, after all. However, when leadership has put in place so many tools and instruments to prevent disasters and spent exorbitant amounts of funds after identifying potential hazards [and let’s go ahead and say it:  protecting employees from themselves on the job!], leadership should not be held responsible because they went above and beyond requirements.  Thus, the Workers’ Comp claim can (and should be) denied.

And the gist of this post is to talk about malingering which can occur in these situations.

People with proven, legitimate mental health issues suffer outside of this subject’s context.  Every day people were going about their lives, and suddenly were diagnosed with a mental health condition, and now taking prescriptions to lessen their conditions.  Therefore, it’s unconscionable when someone makes fraudulent claims for Workers’ Comp awards.

Vikki

Please Give Generously To These Outstanding Institutions

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9/11 Memorial & Museum

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Your support is appreciated.  Thank you!

Vikki

Strategic Brand Management And The Organization’s Core Beliefs Presented To The Customers Should Always Be In Concert

STRATEGIC BRAND MANAGEMENT

When someone hears the name of a particular company or sees the business logo, they can become aware of that organization’s doctrine.  It’s the company’s image, and what it represents.

The mental concept of that brand gets the consumer enthusiastic about making a purchase.  The company becomes the go-to place for these products and services.

Strategic brand management involves constantly sharpening the image while maintaining company standards.  Thus, any potential new services and products should be aligned with those standards.  To say it another way:  A company should refuse to implement products and services that don’t meet its doctrine.

Vikki

Globalization Requires A Balance Of Reduced Stratification While Maintaining Country Uniqueness

If we were to travel to different parts of America, it would feel as though we had entered another country because of different accents, cultures, and traditions.

In a similar vein, different countries have unique appealing qualities which can distinguish them from others.

Thus, it is imperative that these countries not become a mini-me America, but embrace the best that America has to offer when Fortune 500 companies establish a presence. The presence can allow opportunities with employment, higher wages, and more services and goods which were previously unavailable, or limited. There is an increase in citizen morale, healthier self-esteem, and a positive future to look forward to, all the while selecting the best from these companies which appeal to a country’s sensibilities.

Vikki

Arriving At Work Early Is Good For A Worker’s Mental Health

First, they are there on the scene and able to discern the pulse of the department and company (i.e., emergencies which have popped out of nowhere:  “Can you step into this brief meeting?”).  Second, they can ease into their job assignments without rattled nerves, which the latter usually occurs with that last-minute arrival.  Third, early arrival makes a favorable impression on the boss:  Commitment and respect towards the organization (the potential for upwards grading on performance reviews?).  Finally, early arrival shows the worker how organized they can become since they have gone that extra mile in their work routine.

Kelly Services, Inc. (2019) provides additional information on the subject with their article, “Why You Should Always Be Early For Work.”

Vikki

Reference

Kelly Services, Inc. (2019).  Why You Should Always Be Early For Work.  Retrieved From https://www.kellyservices.us/us/careers/career-resource-center/managing-your-career/why-you-should-always-be-early-for-work/

Recognizing Your Personality Type Is Unbelievably Important For Goal Achievement

Deci & Ryan (2000/2009), Moran (2019), Schnitzer (2020), and Lawrence (2022) share their thoughts concerning the role personality type has regarding goal achievement.

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References

Deci, E. L., & Ryan, R. M. (2000/2009). The “What” And “Why” Of Goal Pursuits: Human Needs And The Self-Determination of Behavior. [Abstract]. Psychological Inquiry, 11:4, 227 – 268. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1207/S15327965PLI1104_01

Lawrence, A. (2022). Myers-Briggs And Temperament Groups: What Are Guardians, Artisans, Idealists, And Rationals? Retrieved from https://hubpages.com/education/Myers-Brigg-and-Dating

Moran, G. (2019). How To Set (And Achieve) Goals Based On Your Personality Type. Retrieved from https://www.fastcompany.com/90285001/how-to-set-and-achieve-goals-based-on-your-personality-type

Schnitzer, K. (2020). If You Have This Type Of Personality, This Is Your Life Goal. Retrieved from https://www.theladders.com/career-advice/if-you-have-this-type-of-personality-this-is-your-life-goal