A Day in the Life of a DBA Attorney: Insurance Company Tactics
Hi I’m Brian Wiklendt with Garfinkel Schwartz working in the Maitland office which is in Maitland Florida near Orlando. I’d like to tell you what a day in the life of a DBA attorney is like. Today I’ll tell you about the crazy insurance company tactics that the insurers have been trying lately.
They send clients to overseas doctors after an injury in very remote areas and then come up with some really ridiculous claims that try to debate that your injury or illness was caused on the job. Don’t worry, if you become a client we know how to battle the insurers. This is what we do. We love to fight for our clients.
Just getting back from Buffalo had a good trip there. Enjoyed the scenery it was nice there. Got a lotta work to do catch up so that I can have a good weekend.
I’d like it if you’d watch the video on our YouTube channel called, “A Day in the Life of a DBA Attorney: Insurance Company Tactics.”
I’m working with my paralegal Doreen who she typically gets there before me anyway. I hope things went smoothly when I was gone.
Looking forward to working hard and getting a good weekend in. We’ve got some work to do on a Friday. So we’re here in the back offices where it’s nice and quiet. Get a lot of work done that way.
Buffalo went well. Did you hold down the fort while I was gone, Doreen? Glad I got that trip out of the way. I think what we’re in store for next week is San Diego is that right, next week? I think so.
I did get any documentation from the client and we can sort through it a little bit later. We’ll get settled, go through the paperwork that came in and the phone calls that Doreen wants me to return and then go forward from there. Phone’s already ringing. That’s the way it is.
I filed that documentation and I just got a call already from the Department of Labor. They wanted something a little more substantial. They need something signed by opposing counsel agreeing to a figure.
Opposing counsel did say in an email that she was going to do that today. So we did what we needed to do for the client. All right well thanks for keeping up with that one.
That client actually is coming into town from Missouri so we’ll be able to meet with him in person. That’s kind of nice. He’ll come into the office and take a little tour. We like that when people come here, but we fly all over the country and out of the country to see clients.
Terrible Insurance Company Tactics
Sending Clients to Remote Doctors
But anyway what I would like to share with everyone out there is what I’ve seen since the last time I’ve done a video which is kind of long ago, I wish I could have done more, but certain things have come up. I’m sure they haven’t just come up I’m sure they’ve been going on since in memoriam.
But I’m now experiencing insurance companies sending people to remote countries to get treatment before they come back home and they see these quote doctors that we have trouble getting records from.
Ridiculous Claims by Insurance Company Doctors
And some of these doctors have some mind blowing things to say. Mainly there’s always something going on that has to do with fibromyalgia, sleep apnea any generalized thing that they can get aways with saying that’s not necessarily the injury that the actual person is suffering from.
Insurance Company Doctors Make Up Illnesses
We get a lot of fibromyalgia, we get stomach bug, unknown stomach bugs where the person must have fallen down the steps or fallen into a hole because they were dizzy because of stomach bugs.
Other things the words PTSD doesn’t want to be used in those other countries, they always say that they must be suffering from some depression because of family issues, financial problems, anything but going overseas and seeing horrible things happen.
Another funny one that I saw when I say sleep apnea that’s just obviously a general term as to why you can’t breathe.
So it’s not because you have respiratory failure because you ingested all these fumes and sandstorm debris and chemicals, it’s just sleep apnea, COPD, unknown why you can’t breathe all of a sudden.
I even got one chronic obesity syndrome that’s why this person had a certain kind of kidney failure.
It wasn’t because of his service overseas it was because of chronic obesity syndrome which that was a new one for me I had to look it up.
We Fight Ridiculous Medical Claims
Those few things I wanted to bring it up because it’s weighing on my mind especially since my trip in Buffalo and seeing what these insurance companies are trying to do to even if it’s not an out and out denial it’s jus to delay these things for as long as possible.
So that we finally can prove to them that these are not weird chronic symptoms that these people are going through.
It’s more like a traumatic event like a fall or a bombing or a shooting or inborn debris in the air, it’s not any of these things that they label.
We Fight to Get You Choice Doctors
And we fight every day trying to get medical records and getting your doctors—a first choice physician—of your choosing that is under the law that you’re entitled to even if they deny it to make sure that we get a proper diagnosis of what really actually happened and why, and why it’s related to your employment.
So those are the things that were weighing on my mind, I wanted to try to get it out there. So if anyone has any of these issues or problems.
So if someone diagnoses you with some fibromyalgia thing and you fell and hurt your back while you were walking over rocks, we’ll help you out, get you to the right people, get you diagnosed and find out what’s really wrong with you and take it from there.
We Always Call You Back
So we’re always working. Doreen’s always here. She takes the calls when I’m gone and we have a direct line and it’s a secured line so please feel free to contact us no one’s going to hear it.
The 800 Number is Always Answered
The 800 number is there for your use. Otherwise if you e-mail us everything is privileged and confidential. And we’ll get back to you and we can give you my cell phone number or another number and we get back to people within 24 hours, that’s just our policy no matter where I am. I can at least text or email you when I’m on the road.
So it’s exciting stuff going on but I know there’s a lot of things going on overseas that are going got require a lot of civilian contractors to go into harm’s way again. And we’re ready for it. And we just are excited to help and we just love to do our jobs.
Garfinkel Schwartz is Here to Help You
And it is Friday and everyone’s saying happy Friday and we still have some several more hours to put in until we can say happy Friday.
Again this is Brian Wiklendt, I’m lead counsel at Garfinkel Schwartz, we help injured civilian contractors overseas and longshoremen and that’s all we do. And again signing out from our Maitland Florida office happy to be home and sleeping in my own bed tonight.
Signing off, thank you.