The Florida legislature made changes in Workers Compensation to focus "ONLY" on cutting costs in Workers Compensation due to fraudulent claims. They allowed the medical decisions for the injured to be the choice of the employer, "even for the catastrophically injured". My son is one that was catastrophically injured at a CVS pharmacy during a robbery just after working a full shift at his primary job in a Tampa Data Center.
Workers being classified in the various levels of injury with catastrophically injured victims being the highest are treated in the same manner as a person spraining their ankle. State Workers Compensation Laws are only specifications on how the Insurance Companies can treat workers. CVS happens to be large enough company to be self insured and they hired a company to ensure they pay the smallest amount for this problem to not effect their stock holders. Being that Florida legislatures changed these laws with only the insurance companies in mind, they allowed insurance companies and companies such as CVS to make a change of doctor at anytime they want without any decision by the employee.
My son was shot once in the right leg causing massive blood loss and once in the right chest cavity trajecting a 9 mm bullet from the upper part of his chest to the left buttock, a planned kill shot for not opening a cash register quick enough. The second bullet went through Sam's Liver, Small Intestines, Large Intestines, Colon, and left buttock which ended up causing Femoral Nerve damage. Needless to say, Sam was catastrophically injured according to the surgeon who worked on him for 5 hours to save his life. The bullet is still in his body. My son has been thrown away like trash by state legislators in Florida and CVS/Caremark Corporation. My son Sam lives in constant pain and unable to walk from this shooting to this day.
This all began on November 29, 2008 in Tampa. We have been fighting, fighting, and fighting for health coverage since this issue. Immediately after being released from a long hospital stay in a wheel chair and uncontrollable pain, the doctor was changed without notice. We fought to have surgery to lessen the pain. What I tell you here is something that is a fact and a hidden fact at that.
I have fought for a change in law for the catastrophically injured, but the Insurance Lobbyist in Florida can sway the 160 Legislators to hear a different tune.
Still on the same medication since being in the hospital 4 years ago, with uncontrollable pain living from a wheelchair, CVS found a doctor that lives in Florida 6 months a year and Hawaii 6 months a year willing to testify that my son is well and can walk??? And that is what CVS and this crazy doctor did. I'm sure this man was willing to put his license on the line for a big payday! My son has been turned away from Physical Therapist because of the pain. Things like simple nerve blocks haven't been done because it costs CVS money.
SAM'S CASE IS CONSIDERED DONE AND HE SHOULD BE LOOKING FOR A JOB AS OF JUNE 2012. A JOB WHERE HE CAN USE HIS FEET! FLORIDA LEGISLATORS TURN THEIR HEAD.
Money buys anything, even laws to insure that the Florida government will do anything for the highest bidder! This is not the same country anymore. I've spoken to too many Legislators over the past 4 years through two elections to see this.
What CVS has done with power and money should make every American vomit for what corporate greed has done to this young man!
STATE REPRESENTATIVE ED HOOPER EXPOSED
An amendment earlier this year was introduced but failed to get support from state legislators. Please contact your State Senator and State Representative to change Florida's law for those classified as catastrophically injured at work to be able to choose their own health provider at any time for people like Sam.
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A CVS representative thought that would be a good vulnerable time to get the family to stop online information about their dark closet of what kind of problems Sam had with them!
A letter was written and excerpts from that letter is shown below along with my Facebook request for prayer.
Being brutally shot at work, the state of Florida allows companies like CVS to treat Sam how they want. It is time to change the law for those catastrophically injured at work. CVS limits Sam's access to doctor's, has made Sam wait months for surgery, all because lawmakers have allowed this through changes in law. CVS has changed Sam's doctor THREE times for their benefit while my son struggles for each breathe of air in pain. Sleepless nights taking pain killers and just left in the dark is just plain wrong!
FOLKS, intelligent people know that if you fall from a 10 story building or shot twice like my son and still alive, this is not a fake accident. People injured like this are clarified by the state of Florida as catastrophically injured and are grouped as such when the injury occurs. Below you will see what politicians have done to make people like Sam be in the situation he is now:
"The employer can change your doctor at will"
(I wonder who they would choose)
"The injured has a ONE TIME LIFETIME change of doctor"
"Only a handful of doctors can be used"
"If you need an operation, it must be approved by the employer before it occurs"
Only our Florida state lawmakers can fix this, they created it. The state of Florida sat back when Sam had no access to a toilet. They sat back when surgery was needed to see if the pain could be resolved so I created a video to make the public aware, (he had the surgery but to no avail). Many catastrophically injured people kill themselves because of their treatment. Please contact your law maker - I am a father doing what a father should do, do what you should do as a citizen and contact your politicians! I'll help you, contact me at email@example.com
There is a simple fix to this problem folks. Catastrophically injured workers need help as their injuries take their voice. Florida politicians need to change workers comp to have a "TWO TIER SYSTEM". If you are "CATASTROPHICALLY" injured, open the resources of the medical community for help. Watch the video and the local FOX news story below. This could be your child, spouse, or YOU!
"BECAUSE ITS WRONG"
Sam is going to need another surgery or procedure as new procedures become available. Right now he is denied therapy written by doctors as a prescription to help.
At a convenience store in Pennsylvania I saw a donation jar to help a young man go to California to have stem cell surgery. If I did this for my son, he would lose the rest of his insurance for the rest of his life.