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  • Published: February 4, 2009

By Will Dunham Tue Mar 18, 2:44 AM ET WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A surprising number of people — more than 60 percent — still suffer significant pain a year after a traumatic injury in a car crash or other cause, showing the need for better pain treatment, researchers said. In a study published on Monday in the journal Archives of Surgery, researchers tracked 3,047 patients ages 18 to 84 from 14 U.S. states who survived an acute traumatic injury.A year after the injury, 63 percent reported that they still experienced pain related to the injury, with most having pain in more than one region of the body. On average, the patients assessed their pain at 5.5 on a 10-point scale…Read More

  • Published: February 4, 2009

If you are accused of malingering based upon the fake bad scale on the mmpi2, read about the creator of the fake bad scale in an article called: Welding’s Toxic Legacy: Did a 5 Billion Dollar Industry Cover up the Health Risks of Manganese to Thousands of Workers? It showed Paul Lees Haley, the creator of the fake bad scale, being paid 860,000.00 (he’s not even a medical doctor) The same article cites Dr. Erin Bigler, a professor of psychology at Brigham Yong University saying, “It has every appearance of the industry buying science” www.publicintegrity.orgRead More

  • Published: February 4, 2009

A new article was recently published indicating the Fake Bad Scale adopted by the University of Minnesota Press as a part of the MMPI2 scoring package has results in over 50% of women, depending on the cut score used, in a hospital with documented eating disorders actually failing the scale. The article is critical of the process by which the scale was actually adopted and concludes, “The FBS does not appear to be sufficiently reliable or valid test for measuring “faking bad” nor should it be used to impute the motivation to malinger in those reaching its variable and imprecise cutting scores.” 12/17/07, Butcher, James, Gass, Carlton, Cumella, Edward, Zina, Kally, Willliams, Carolyn Potential for Bias in MMPI2 Assessment Using…Read More

  • Published: February 4, 2009

Imagine going out on disability, losing all your benefits – health insurance, life insurance, maybe even your job –only to find out you do not qualify for disability benefits under your insurance policy. This could lead to financial disaster. Every year millions of people purchase disability insurance, negotiated by their employer, without ever reading the policy. Because they didn’t read the policy they didn’t realize that there are preexisting clauses that may disqualify them from collecting benefits or that the policy limits or denies coverage for the medical condition that they have, or that the benefits offered under the policy are not enough to replace their loss of income. Not only do they have one of these worthless policies, but…Read More

  • Published: February 4, 2009

Did you know that some insurance companies blatantly discriminate against the mentally ill? Many group disability policies limit the amount of benefit they will pay if the person’s disability is caused by, or related to, a mental illness. Amazingly, some Judges have decided that this type of discrimination against the mentally ill in long-term disability policies is okay. Just think about it – what usually happens to an individual who becomes ill and unable to work? You guessed it - they become depressed. The insurance company loves to see depression mentioned in the medical record. This way they can cut their losses. They also love to see cognitive impairments in your records as well. This can result from a brain…Read More

  • Published: February 4, 2009

Most individuals understand that a Plaintiff who wins his or her lawsuit will be awarded attorney’s fees and costs incurred in prosecuting their claim. Unfortunately, attorney’s fees and costs are discretionary under ERISA. Another anomaly in ERISA law is that attorney’s fees and costs may be awarded against either a losing plaintiff or defendant. That’s right. A losing plaintiff may have to pay the insurance company’s attorney’s fees and cost. Some consider it only fair that the loser pays the fee, no matter which side. Others see it as having a chilling effect on the prosecution of the claim, since an individual may forego pursuing an otherwise valid claim out of fear that they would be saddled with the other…Read More

  • Published: February 4, 2009

Some employers will offer a severance package providing for salary or medical benefit continuation, if you sign a general release, releasing them from all claims. If you decide to take such a package, you must be careful not to release your ability to apply for or continue to receive disability benefits under your company’s long-term disability plan. Remember, long term disability insurance only covers you if you become disabled while employed. If your employment is terminated or if you resign and then apply for disability benefits, it may be difficult to prove that you became disabled before your employment ended. If you are considering filing a disability insurance claim you should consult with an experienced ERISA lawyer before you leave…Read More

  • Published: February 4, 2009

Is There a Conflict of Interest If the Party Paying Benefits Is The Same Party Who Decides Eligibility? On Thursday, the Supreme Court answered this question with a resounding YES! The Court found, what every plaintiff ERISA practitioner already knew, that when a company determines eligibility and pay benefits out of its own pocket there is an inherent conflict of interest. Recognizing this conflict of interest, the Court went on to state that a reviewing court should consider an insurance company's conflict of interest when reviewing the denial of an employee's health or disability benefits claim. While the court did not provide much guidance on how much weight should be given to the conflict, it provides that the reviewing court…Read More

  • Published: February 4, 2009

Did you know that in ERISA disability cases there are no real trials? That’s right, NO TRIAL. Once the insurance company denies your disability claim and your appeal is over, you get a chance to file a lawsuit. However, this suit isn’t tried before a jury of your peers. You cannot bring in witnesses to testify about how disabled you are. You cannot tell the Judge how your illness or injury prevents you from working. Not even your doctor can come in and testify on your behalf. When you file a lawsuit in an ERISA disability case, a Judge will decide your case. The only evidence he will review is what is already in the claim file when the insurance…Read More

  • Published: February 4, 2009

Arch Surg. 2008 Mar;143(3):282-7; Prevalence of pain in patients 1 year after major trauma.Rivara FP, Mackenzie EJ, Jurkovich GJ, Nathens AB, Wang J, Scharfstein DO. Departments of Pediatrics and Epidemiology, Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center, University of Washington School of Medicine, Box 359960, 325 Ninth Ave, Seattle, WA 98104, USA. fpr@u.washington.edu OBJECTIVES: To describe the prevalence of pain in a large cohort of trauma patients 1 year after injury and to examine personal, injury, and treatment factors that predict the presence of chronic pain in these patients. SETTING: Sixty-nine hospitals in 14 states in the United States. PATIENTS: There were 3047 patients (10 371 weighted) aged 18 to 84 years who were admitted to the hospital because of acute…Read More

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