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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Summer Series: Life After Disability



Seattle (ESTRA) - Sometimes in life, you have to go with the flow. This can mean anything from life going very well to bad.  The key in life is to never give up or in, no matter what comes your way.

Policyholders often become vulnerable after a car wreck and this a time where insecurity rears its ugly head.  Why? The reality that vehicles are not always a safety tool and in some instances can only do so much becomes very real when involved in a car accident, especially if injury or death is in involved.

So a collision has changed your life track. Now what? What is life after disability to you?

If like most people injured in a wreck, a lot of time is spent on recovery and trying to ascertain whether insurance companies will pay you on time, so parts of life goes on as usual.  Money is the engine that runs our society, and if there is no oil for your engine, it ceases to run, in other words, no money means more stress, more worries about where life goes from here.  Would some insurance companies use fear as a bargaining tool against vulnerable, end of the month broke, policyholders? In my opinion, some insurers do.

Now that a car accident has come your way, make some very important decisions. Today let’s talk about 3 things that are helpful in regaining life purpose and meaning after a disability:

1.        Be fearless and courageous – The question of what is going to happen often creates a lot of worry and fear.  In order to move from this position, a decision must be made to put fear aside and seek resolutions which help to have a better day.  For example, money or lack of it if a major concern for people who are unable to work after a collision.  And this is a very valid concern. The key question to ask is, what can I do about this today, tomorrow, or into the future?  Ask yourself, are you using money in ways that will help it last as long as possible?  Have you devised a backup plan if running out of money?  How trustworthy is my insurance company in paying out benefit claims to their policyholders? And if they stop without notice, what are the options? Regardless of the concerns that come your way, know this one thing:  You will survive and learn new ways of living and taking care of yourself.  Therefore, be courageous and take the steps necessary to improve conditions, physically, emotionally, financially, and spiritually, because it will take all these actions to keep moving forward and figure out how to open up new paths that bring a renewed hope of a better life from here.

2.        Feel the pain and suffering and still choose what is in your best interest. In my opinion this is the most difficult part of life after disability.  It takes an enormous amount of energy to get through pain and suffering of an injury in most cases. When injuries turned into a permanent disability, self-esteem often takes a blow because previous life speeds may no longer be an option now or into the future.  Comparing ones old self to one’s new self can be very discouraging.  So keep in mind, life is not constant but always changing. If needing a reminder look at a new born baby and compare them to an elderly person.  This is an easy way to see life is constantly changing.  In the prime of life, most people injured cannot see past dreams held within and the plan made for their lives.  Does this mean after injury you have to give up on your dreams? No necessarily.  There is always more than one path to reach any destination. Sometimes there are other doors available, and sometimes it’s time to chart new waters.  Some people have to live with pain and suffering daily, such as with chronic conditions, for others it may be a mental injury which prevents one from having the same aptitude. Fortunately, there are many different ways to compensate for disabilities, especially with technology constantly advancing, so never lose hope, and keep seeking out whatever you need to make life better.

3.        Believe in yourself and release insecurities. Yes you still look good! And if you want to continue looking better, take it one day at a time. Everyone wants something about them changed. The key is self-acceptance, today, tomorrow, and into the future.  The mirror looking into should be from your own soul, not what someone else sees or believes.  This equation is really about you, your hopes and dreams, of choosing to make it from injury or disability back to a life dreamed of by you, for you.  There will be others who will try and create your destiny, but it’s not theirs to decide, it’s for you to decide.  Decide to love yourself right now, today, in fact, give yourself a great big old hug!  Yes, we are all special and gifted in some way, before and after a car accident.  Life after disability only means that a new learning curve has just begun.  The things you never realized before will come into full view.  What you use to think was important may no longer be, and heart felt concerns about you extends to a new group of people you would not have encountered had there been no disability.  Life after disability opens up a whole new world for people injured in a car accident. Take a moment and think about what it has brought into your life. Rarely in life is something taken away without something being put in its place. Take moment today and count your gifts and seek out new ways of using them. 

Stay safe, well, and determined.  - ESTRA


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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Handling Bad News

Seattle (ESTRA) - Attacks upon your person hood happen.  Let this be a red flag to you that this person may not be operating on your behalf.  Make a decision to love yourself regardless of your current condition or the attacks that may come your way in attempt to belittle, bring you down, or control outcome after a car accident. Remember the best advocate in this situation is you!
Pain has a way of bringing a great deal of discomfort on its own, and nothing needs to be added. 

Try these three things to help master handling bad news.
1.         Recognize there will always be good and bad news.  Rarely do we see one without the other.  Stay on an even keel so the highs and lows will not take valuable energy needed in your recovery.
2.         Choose to journal bad news.  Then ask decide how you want to handle the situation, and make a plan.  It doesn’t have to be elaborate, keep it down to three options, and if you need more, add them after the initial ones have been completed.  Don’t be afraid to be honest with yourself, after all you are your best advocate.  Take comfort in knowing your actions are and should be proactive.
3.         Seek out comedy relief to lift your spirits through books, entertainment, or whatever provides joy in life.  Balancing happiness and sadness will help bring back a perspective that it’s all a part of life. No matter what is brought our way, we must continue to move on! 

Keep on boxing gloves when dealing with individuals or companies who use oppressive or bullying tactics to get their way.  Often times injured are intimidated into accepting low ball settlement offers, less medical care than they feel is needed, or not getting the financial daily living support. It's common to be sad about being treated this way.  You have a right to be disappointed.  And, you have a right to fight for what you believe has been promised to you.

Handling bad news becomes more manageable when injured have done all you can to stand up for yourself.  No one likes to be bullied.  And if you are, expose this behavior.  When abusive behavior goes on without holding insured accountable, it can be psychologically damaging.  Frankly, people injured in collisions have enough problems to worry about, therefore, don’t allow others to add more burdens when already too heavy.

So, keep things simple.  Don’t be held captive to bad news.  Face it head on.  Challenge it in a way that helps to bring peace of mind.  When bad news knows it will not allowed to build up inside and explode, that you are willing to deal with whatever concerns come your way, the pain may still keep you up at night, but handling bad news will come a lot easier.  



ESTRA Car Accident Brand Items
2016 Car Accident Weekly Calendar

2016 Car Accident Weekly Planner
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ISBN: 978-0-9889218-6-3
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2016 Encouragement Calendar

2016 Encouragement Calendar
(Pre-order) Price $6.99 USD  
ISBN: 978-0-9889218-8-7
        * Available until November 1, 2016
2016 Car Accident Handbook

2016 Car Accident Handbook
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ISBN: 978-0-9889218-9-4
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Friday, July 1, 2016

Social Security Disability Surveillance I




What is one of the best hidden secrets of Social Security Disability Surveillance?  Who works with them? What are their tactics?  How will you be impacted today?

Social Security Disability Program was initially designed to help low and middle income individuals from having to live out a life in dire poverty after some calamity.  This program was fought against by the Republican Party for years.  But just as the Affordable Care Act after decades of their blockage, the needs of most of the American People beat out the needs and desires of Wall Street.

And what happened once Social Security Disability was approved?  The lives of people injured in car accidents who became disabled lifestyles did drop from originals levels to poverty levels as is today, but not completely hopeless. 

Once citizens saw the value of the Social Security Administration Programs, those opposing it realize the citizens became a force to reckon with, and today the strategy to get rid of these Social Security Programs tend not to be straight forward but back door tactics that do tend to hurt those recipients who depend on them for a better quality of life.

Because some Republicans and a few Democrats would prefer to see the demise of these programs, actions today continue that cut benefits, harass, and intimidate those participating, and yes, this is another long list.  

Republican House Representative Sam Graves of Missouri has Bill H.R. 3482 which has a mission to cut disabled off Social Security Disability (SSDI) through surveillance.  The bill authorizes over 54 units within Inner Cities to investigate those on SSDI and SSI.  One thing I didn’t notice in this bill is cost of these new 54 surveillance units and current contracts to private companies designing these buildings.
 
Wall Street has long wanted to privatize Social Security Income to their benefit and recipient's demise.  Will this be another apocalypse attempt of Social Security Disability? Only if those served by programs don’t get involved in process.  By keeping alert on the actions and behaviors of Wall Street, standing up against Social Security Administration actions on Wall Street's behalf and not the insured. 

In my opinion, there is a difference between how Social Security Disability responds to their insured when there is a Democratic versus Republican Congress. When Democratic legislations are being put forward, there is compassion to aid in recovery of disabled, to make their lives better, to invest in the help required to get as many individuals back on their feet and leading a more rewarding life.  There is recognition that the road to recovery in most cases is a long hard one, but a road well-traveled for the taste of victory.  The struggles of most disabled can make life hopeless unless light can be seen at the end of the tunnel.  Compassion and guidance can move the disabled a long way to a better future.

Yet this Republican Congress is taking a totally different approach.  Instead of investing in a group of hurting, limited skills and resources in many cases, they choose to put individuals under surveillance in hopes of eliminating their insurance claim.  Does Wall Street need the money from Social Security Income that bad?  Has the recession caused such a loss for them they came looking at the least of us? Really?

There was a time in our society people looked down on people on disability because they felt their lives were so much better.  Has our economy fallen so far due to the unscrupulous behaviors of Wall Street that Social Security Disability Income looks good? Really? How can poverty in any country look good to anyone?  Ask those receiving Social Security Disability Income and they will tell you that most struggle daily just trying to make ends meet. 

Is this just? Especially due to Congress allowing Employers not to pay their fair share to Employees?  For if Employers paid out Disability to Employees along with Social Security Disability for many there would be far less hardships. 

But instead this Congress has decided it is better to take from a group of people, who have little to start with and spend their days suffering through their disabilities.  Is this the type of Congress that should be representing you? Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Sanders don’t think so from their comments.  They see your needs and hurts.  They acknowledge what is being done to those on Social Security and acknowledge much more help is required.  This Republican Congress refused to give cost of living increases to those on Social Security last year, but gave their staff and themselves raises.  What is wrong with these people?  Do they think we are blind and cannot see?  Do they truly believe in their heart we are second class citizens? Or that we will not stand up and be counted?  I beg to differ! Standing up is what people involved in Social Security Administration Programs must do, otherwise one day, these tactics to cuts, reduce, and discourage those who have a right to these benefits may put an end to this system of support.
Isn’t this what harassment and intimidation is all about? Making you fearful? Forcing disabled to live with lack instead of asking for help?  Isn't the purpose of harassment and intimidation to make you feel bad about need help even though you have been paying premiums into these programs through working?

Wall Street greed factors should not play a role with those who often give more to them than they deserve.  And people who are disabled should not be mistreated and taken advantage of because they feel bad about their circumstances.  Social Security Disability Surveillance is often performed on individuals with few resources, little power, with hardly a voice against an organization with vast Community, State, and Federal Resources to use at will appropriate or inappropriately.  For people seeking the assistance of the Social Security Administration, far removed from their consciousness are the types of behaviors subjected to by this organization performing surveillance upon their daily lives for the benefit of Wall Street.

In Maryland, there is an office that primarily works with surveillance of SSDI and SSI Recipients. However, if you ask them they probably will not tell about their process or confirm this action.  In fact, the Social Security Administration has the legal right not to tell you or anyone else for that matter about their behaviors.  Who would have approved of such a law and why hasn’t this one been revisited?  What will really get you going is another part of the law Congress wants to pass.  If Employer will pay Disability Income and you no longer apply for Social Security Disability, corporations will get more subsidies to add to the vast number already provided. For years, our government has been paying the cost for private companies, whether this is giving out Food Stamps instead of companies paying a decent wage, health care benefits that they pass on to Medicare instead of paying for their own retirees, or disability income they pass on to Social Security Disability.  And they talk about the Low and Middle Class people not paying their fair share.  Really?  And who allows them to get away with this lack of payments to Employees?  Congress. Yes Congress.  The one at the top of the food chain is getting their chain yanked by Wall Street.  And the people at the bottom are chasing their tales around in a circle.  Who really needs the surveillance? I suspect it’s not the disabled on Social Security Disability. 

Knowing what to expect when dealing with disability surveillance, whether it be Social Security, Insurance Companies, or Employers, has one major realization:  In most cases they are working together without your knowledge.  Add Police Departments along with Investigative Companies against the disabled and considering most injured are broke, it’s a lot to bear alone.

Who would put such a burden on people who are already weary?  Those whose self-interest exceeds that of 20% of the country.  Here is a list of behavior you can expect from those performing surveillance:
1)        Moving into your neighborhood, talking with neighbors and recruiting them, spotting entrances and exits from your location, who you associate with, where you go regularly, what kind of activities you perform.
2)        Getting information from those who treat your conditions, attempt to convince them condition is not that serious, try to get you to talk with undercover personnel to say something inappropriate, or do something you’ve stated on your forms that you cannot physically or mentally perform.
3)        Come out into the open (overt behaviors) in an attempt to scare you, to do something that would hurt claim and force you to do what they want. Most people injured in car accidents have been traumatized from this event, therefore, harasser's bullying tactics are used to scare you while driving to cause a mistake that is harmful.
4)        Cut off benefits and let you sweat. This tactics is used to get you to sign documents otherwise unwilling.
5)        Online harassment and intimidation through social media accounts, search engines, tweet, reply, or create false items to harass and intimidate, and hack your online accounts.
6)        Hack your smartphone, laptop (even stealing it to see if there is information that can be used against you), desktop, tablet, whatever electronic device available.
7)        And, believe me, this is another endless list, there will be much more detail coming in the future. 

However, leaving you with all this bad news wouldn’t be good so let’s end this on a good note.  First, behavior is inappropriate and places a burden on the disabled which is not needed, life is hard enough.  After facing so much mistreatment, you will get a lot smarter. Trusting others may no longer be a priority after being bullied and abused in some ways.  And you may not be as giving to others as once were, but you will begin to recognize human behavior in ways never encountered before, and learn how to stand up for yourself and others.

Sometimes you don’t know what made of until pushed. In the words of Muhmmad Ali,  “I will not be broken.”. I suggest in this case you follow in his footsteps.


Stay safe, well, and determined.




ESTRA Car Accident Brand Items
2016 Car Accident Weekly Calendar

2016 Car Accident Weekly Planner
(Pre-order) Price $12.99 USD  
ISBN: 978-0-9889218-6-3
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2016 Encouragement Calendar

2016 Encouragement Calendar
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ISBN: 978-0-9889218-8-7
        * Available until November 1, 2016
2016 Car Accident Handbook

2016 Car Accident Handbook
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ISBN: 978-0-9889218-9-4
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Taking Care of yourself After a Car Accident


"Taking care of yourself is the best way to show self-love." - ESTRA




Seattle (ESTRA) - Is your world turned upside down after a car accident?  Wounded, worried, with a lot of wandering thoughts.  There is a lot of information to process and a lot of things to do on the road to recovery.  How can you decipher all of this information?  How can you take care of yourself while dealing with a personal life that continues regardless of personal injury?

One of the first concerns most people have after being involved in a serious car accident is what is going to happen now? Most people today don’t have enough savings for a single rainy day versus months and know right from the start this means trouble and hardships.  Worry is one of the first things injured face.  Will life change? How long will it take to recover?  What if recovery means a life transition and not going back to a previous way of living, but a new way of life?  Yet, with the levels of pain most people are feeling after a car wreck, some of life issues are put back in proper perspective. The thought, turn off this pain alert in my body first, so I can think better! Often comes to mind.   But in order for this to take place lots of rest may be needed along with patience to take concerns one day at a time.

When injured, trying to solve all problems now faced is typically not possible, especially if you have few resources and little help.  This is a time to develop a plan that will work for your personal circumstances, help get you through rough times, and keep you focused on the fact that you will get through this difficult time.  There isn’t anything under the sun that hasn’t been faced by someone who has walked on this earth, and whatever life experiences come your way, believe me, you can make it to the other side of accomplishments and recovery.

When injured, don’t become overwhelmed.  This only slows down the recovery process in most cases, and hinders ability to reach goals. Here are three survival ideas to help move through a car accident journey:

Taking Care of Yourself is priority one.  Are you use to assisting everyone else first? Are you last on list? Congratulations! You’ve moved up to head of the line, and hopefully will remain here after recovered.  The struggles in life often place individual goals on the back burner in order to get something needed for survival.  One thing injury teaches us, from my perspective, is to slow down and release responsibilities that others can carry. We must first take care of ourselves, otherwise one is not operating at full capacity, and cannot give something one does not have, so fill up your own tank first, so to speak, and then extend a helping hand.  This lesson also teaches that sharing with others is less burdensome on everyone involved, and each person can take pride in their role as part of a relationship.

Learn about your specific injuries.  Often doctors will not tell you how long it takes for recovery, typically because everyone heals differently.  But doing a little research on your own online will help provide a time frame for recovery, how others have transitions through this process, the troubles most have face, typically the concerns are the same for many, and learn what you can do to help facilitate this journey into a better place. Remember real love starts with you for you. Have compassion, concern, and care for yourself, it makes a difference.  Don’t worry about your plight in life at this time, there will be plenty of time to be concerned with this, along with the perspective of others.  Remember, you are the most important person in this equation. Once healed physically, emotionally, and spiritually, you will be able to sprint to your next destination.  The key is to make sure you’ve done all your homework first where you are so it’s not taken into the next stage of your life.

Mind, body, and soul. Often we don’t take time to evaluate the wounds of our souls.  It’s more acceptable to talk about the outside physical pain.  Rarely is there injury only on the outside.  The hurt in our souls is very real.  In my opinion Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which people in car accident or many different types of trauma encountered, is also an affliction within ones soul.  When things outside our normal scope of life must be processed, sometimes it takes a while to adjust and determine where this information and coping mechanism will be placed along with how they will work for our betterment.  Just as the outer injuries can be healed, those punctures in the soul must also be comforted.  Therefore, do not ignore the hurt and pain inside, emotional and spiritual concerns must also be acknowledge.  Being made whole again is a process for the entire you, not just specific areas.  Take time see where you are today, and what you must do in order to feel and become completely comfortable with yourself again. It will be worth the time and effort.


Car Collisions Claim Process.  The emotional impact of having to repeat this experience over and over again does nothing for helping healing.  Therefore, make sure to write down what happen as soon as possible after the collision, keeping with the facts only, get a copy of my book Car Accident, Second Edition by ESTRA and use area in back to help with collision documentation and refer back to this information whenever questions arise about what happened.  Don’t be dragged into an emotional discussion with anyone and only discuss this with individuals that must know about it for processing insurance, employer, or social security disability claim.  The emotional toll to process your claim may take up more energy than imagined. By just stating the facts, it will keep claim on target, take less energy from you, and productivity can be used elsewhere.  Don’t spend a lot of time worrying about this process. Most corporations already have decided how they will process claim. Don’t give them a hold on your life, just do the best you can and keep going, regardless of their actions.  When you give them control over you there is no guarantee where you may end up. Some may treat you fair and just, while others may not.  The key is to request benefits from them, watch how they respond, and if bad faith behaviors occurs, choose how you wish to deal with them.  Also remember to you can always contact me, ESTRA at support@estraseattle.com.  Whatever valleys may come during this journey, thousands of others have gone through it too! This is a good time to visit Youtube and watch my Car AccidentPlaylist at ESTRA Seattle.  The greater understanding about what you may face when dealing with insurers of any sort, public or private, the better able to be your best advocate.


- ESTRA Seattle
“Car Accident Settlements from Insurance Companies, Employers, and SSDI Matter.”

Mission: 
Seattle (ESTRA) – Each and everyday lives are changed due to a collision. Sometimes it’s their fault.  Other times the other driver.  Yet, what we all depend upon is our insurance companies being faithful to us.  In order for this to be true, there can be no back doors, such as surveillance or clauses in their contracts that hurt policyholders.  The only way to ensure the safety net for Policyholders is for Congress to enact Insured Civil Rights Legislation.  What does this mean? It means if you pay premiums and are hurt, they pay, period. Help me to help all of us end the suffering of unfair practices in order to eliminate legitimate insurance claims by Insurance Companies, Employers, and Social Security Disability.  Thank you! – ESTRA




ESTRA Car Accident Brand Items
2016 Car Accident Weekly Calendar

2016 Car Accident Weekly Planner
(Pre-order) Price $12.99 USD  
ISBN: 978-0-9889218-6-3
* Available until November 1, 2016
2016 Encouragement Calendar

2016 Encouragement Calendar
(Pre-order) Price $6.99 USD  
ISBN: 978-0-9889218-8-7
        * Available until November 1, 2016
2016 Car Accident Handbook

2016 Car Accident Handbook
(Pre-order) Price $8.99 USD  
ISBN: 978-0-9889218-9-4
* Available until November 1, 2016
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Car Accident by ESTRA, Second Edition
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ISBN: 978-0-9889218-5-6
Read about what can and will happen to some of you!
Talking About You with ESTRA Radio

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