Jun
16
2009
0

MicroSoft loves PDRater disability calculators!

love

Permanent disability calculators only a workers' compensation nerd could love

And, really, what’s not to love about free permanent disability calculators?[1][2]

A few days ago I disparaged the MicroSoft and their new search engine, Bing.com.  Today I tried a search for “permanent disability calculator” on their site.  Guess who’s at the top?[3]

Search engine optimization, like fortune,  is a fickle creature.[4][5]

  1. Photo courtesy of aWee []
  2. That’s a picture of an accounting sheet! []
  3. Hint: the website’s name rhymes with “PDRater“ []
  4. This post has been brought to you by O Fortuna and the Rubaiyat. []
  5. Look at me, waxing all philosophical! []
Jun
10
2009
1

Medical Provider Network Lists Updated!

This Medical Provider needs net work

Wanted: "Net work" for MPN's

I’ve updated the Medical Provider Network lists as of 6/5/2009.  Most of the updates to the MPN lists page are contributed by loyal users of this website.  What’s interesting about the latest update is that it was actually contributed by an insurance company themselves![1]

One thing I’ll never understand is why so many MPN lists have logins and passwords.  The whole point of a website is to make that kind of information available.  Its not like these lists of MPN doctors and providers are secret, right?  If anything, making these website more user friendly and more navigable will enable people (injured workers, applicant attorneys, defense attorneys, and judges) to actually find physicians and help smooth the operation of the system.

In any case, I think this is a great first step.  I would love to offer everyone a unified source for all California Medical Provider Network websites, logins, and passwords.  It would be even better to have the insurance companies and third party administrators just send me the updated information for their links as they update their sites.

  1. Photo courtesy of júbilo·haku []
Jun
07
2009
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Permanent Disability Calculators Updated

Up, dates!

Up, dates!

Unfortunately, one of the coolest features of my calculators is that some of them will give you the answer you’re looking for before you’ve even finished typing the search term.  This works with the:

While these are all very cool while you’re sitting at your computer, I found out (much to my dismay) that this system didn’t work at all when using these online calculators from my cell phone! [1] Well, I’ve updated the calculators to make them more compatible with more phones.[2]

Save yourself from your own workers’ compensation claim and just leave that heavy rating manual at home.

  1. It has to do with cross-browser compatibility and inconsistent support for javascript events.  I doubt anyone is interested in this. []
  2. Photo courtesy of Hunda []
Jun
05
2009
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Riddle Me This

Riddle me this!

Riddle me this!

Yesterday afternoon in Fresno I showed another attorney how I could perform an Ogilvie calculation on my cell phone using the best workers’ compensation calculator website in the world.

  • He looked at me and asked me, “How much does this cost?”
  • I answered, “They’re free.”
  • He asked me, “Well, why the heck am I paying for _______?”[1]

I don’t know.[2]

  1. Oh, YOU know who he was talking about… []
  2. Photo courtesy of Santheo []
May
18
2009
0

Pocket Calculators

Permanent disability calculators that will fit in your pocket!

Permanent disability calculators that will fit in any pocket!

I was at the San Jose WCAB on Friday.  Since recently discovering that I could run this website’s permanent disability rating calculators from my phone’s web browser, this was the first time I left my rating manual, money chart, and date wheel in the car.[1]

It was great.  That morning I used my phone to:

  • Find the ADJ number associated with the legacy SJO number on my file
  • Calculate an Ogilvie adjustment of a rating string
  • Calculate the number days between two dates
  • Perform old and new schedule ratings
  • Perform a CVC (combined values chart) calculation[2]

The benefit for me is not so much that I don’t have to carry the rating manuals, dollar value charts, and date wheels.  Unlike these tools, my phone is not something I’m going to misplace or loan and never see again.

The best part is that if I want to refer back to the calculation I just performed, I can just e-mail it to myself!

  1. Photo courtesy of .robbie []
  2. Oh, and I called my client at one point.  Ha! []

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