Posted by Del on November 22, 1999 at 19:11:02:
Gary McNamara, KXL Radio 9 am to noon
0234 SW Bancroft
Portland, Or. 97201-4290
Talk Line/Local: 503/417-7575
News/Talk Fax: 503/417-7661
It has come to our attention that on your 11/22 show you made inaccurate statements in regards to workers injured on-the-job.
Although my information is second-hand I have been told that the subject involved a woman who received workers comp benefits in a very unorthodox profession involving masterbation.
During this segment you implied that there was rampant claiment fraud in workers' comp. We will be providing you with well documented evidence that claiment fraud averages less than 1%. This is backed up by various state investigations and internal insurance company records.
The truth of the matter is that present WC laws are stacked heavily against workers. RSI's are the most difficult type of injury to prove. We are researching your story because we find it very difficult to believe this particular injury claim would not have been denied by the comp carrier and upheld by the Florida comp system.
We hope you are not another victim of the propaganda machine of insurance carriers, The National Federation of Independent Business, and Oregon's own Associated Oregon Industries (AOI).
In the tradition of fair and accurate news reporting it is our hope that KXL will make the decent and honorable decision and allow representatives of our group to rebuttal your comments with facts. We realize that your show is based on humor but you do have a responsibility to be factual and not misallign any segment of society.
It has been our experience that the media has ignored the horrible plight of injured workers due to being employers themselves and being heavily dependent on advertiser (business) dollars.
Gary, please do the "right" thing and allow us this opportunity to correct for your viewers this much publicized falsehood that all or most injured workers are frauds.
co-founder, Injured Workers Alliance (IWA)
IWA is a member of the Workplace Injured Coalition (Oregon).
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