What happens after a serious injury? Who do you turn to? Hear the authentic and inspirational stories of those injured at work or in an accident, their loved ones, and industry professionals. Our guests discuss their experiences living with a life-changing injury or their professional initiatives working towards making a difference within the insurance industry. Hosted by Shawn Deane, General Counsel for Ametros.
Debra Livingston on Returning to Work through Purpose and Connection
Recovery is an important part of returning to work after a serious work injury. The ideal outcome for a workers' compensation claim is to help an individual fully recover from their injury and help them safely return to work. But what is involved with facilitating that healing process and recovery? Both physical and mental recovery is involved for an individual to fully return to work and have the confidence to perform again in their occupation.
In our latest podcast episode, we interviewed an inspiring leader and ambitious industry entrepreneur, Debra Livingston, CEO & Founder of ReEmployAbility. Debra shares her journey starting her own company in the workers’ compensation industry, a return-to-work program that offers individuals safe and meaningful work in their community, encourages faster recuperation, and improves workplace morale. Not only does this program benefit the individual while they recover, but it also allows employers to retain valuable employees that are highly trained for their work. Debra also shares how empathetic leadership has helped her create a company culture that facilitates growth and talent retention.
Learn More About Debra & ReEmployAbility
Debra’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/debralivingston/ReEmployability: https://www.reemployability.comReEmployAbility's Podcast (ReAUDIO): https://www.reemployability.com/reaudio-podcast/The Spring of Tampa Bay: https://thespring.org/Learn More About Ametros
Ametros' Website: https://ametros.com/
Overcoming Adversity with Jason Schechterle
Jason Schechterle's career choice as a patrol officer had serious risks, but he never thought he’d experience what occurred to him one night in 2001. Jason took an emergency call that would forever change his life. While he was on his way trying to clear an intersection, a taxi cab travelling over 100mph crashed into the rear of his patrol car. Upon impact, his car burst into flames while he was still trapped inside causing severe burns over 40% of his body and forever changed his physical identity.
Jason’s story is a combination of heroism, transformation, and a series of miracles that lead up to saving his life. Jason shares his story of survival and how he overcame one of the most traumatic events he’d ever experience. Today he's a motivational speaker and shares the account of his story in the book ‘Burning Shield: The Jason Schechterle Story.’ With great wisdom on changing perspective and attitude, Jason reflects on facing adversity and shares how we can learn from unfortunate events to improve our own human experience.
Learn About Jason
Jason’s website: https://burningshield.com/about/Jason’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jason-schechterle-309bb341/Get ‘Burning Shield: The Jason Schechterle Story’ on Amazon
'Adjusting’ to an Empathetic Resolution Model with Greg Hamlin
With millions of U.S. workplace injuries and illnesses reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) each year, there is no doubt workplace injuries are common. However, the average employee is not prepared for an injury and they often feel vulnerable navigating the work comp system. Practicing empathy and clearly breaking down what’s needed to support injured individuals to receive all the benefits they are entitled to after a workplace injury is critical. So, what can we do to improve an individual’s experience if they have an open workers’ comp case or are trying to settle one?
Greg Hamlin, Sr. Vice President, Resolution and host of Berkley Industrial Comp’s ‘ADJUSTED’ podcast, discusses actionable steps towards creating an Empathetic Resolution Model to change the perception of work comp. He also shares his inspiration for hosting the ‘ADJUSTED’ podcast and redefining the ‘why’ of a career in work comp.
Learn More About Greg
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ADJUSTED PodcastBerkley Industrial Comp Blog
Kristen Chavez on Changing the Narrative of Work Comp
How did work comp become such a misunderstood system and underrated career? When its sole purpose is to help those who are injured after a workplace accident, why do we find ourselves overcoming many of the negative stigmas surrounding this system today? Even one of the most famous modern-day cartoons, SpongeBob, aired an episode where an injured worker leverages a workplace accident as an opportunity to ‘blackmail’ the employer (The Krusty Krab in this case).
People often meet the world of work comp when they are injured on the job. In this episode, Kristen Chavez, President of Kids’ Chance of California discusses how she found her calling in work comp and shares how it led to a purpose-driven and compassionate career. She discusses changing the narrative of work comp, why someone would want to start a career in it, and the impact work comp initiatives can make for injured individuals and their families. If you’re curious where you can make a positive impact in your work comp career or wondering if work comp has an opportunity for your skillset, this conversation is for you.
About Kristen Chavez
Kristen Chavez LinkedInPodcast Mentions
Kids’ Chance of California LinkedInKids’ Chance of California WebsiteThe Transitions LinkedIn
Dave & Amanda Repsher: Flight for Life Nurse Career Becomes a Fight for Life
Imagine landing the career of your dreams, but then having it catastrophically change your life. Dave Repsher, an Ametros Member, landed a career as a flight nurse and it was everything he had dreamt it would be. But one day during a public relations event, as Dave was sitting in the rear seat of a Flight for Life helicopter, he suffered from a catastrophic collision that left him disfigured and with burns over 90% of his body.
Throughout his ongoing recovery, Dave hasn’t faced it alone. His wife Amanda, who also has a medical background, has been by Dave’s side every step of the way. In this episode, Dave and Amanda discuss the day of the accident and his medical journey up to current day. Amanda shares her experience as a wife and caregiver and explains what it was like knowing what Dave was experiencing in the hospital from a medical perspective. Dave’s story is an example of how love and support can help someone survive against all odds.
Learn More About Dave's Story
Vertical Mag's Article, 'Against all odds: Dave Repsher’s helicopter crash survival story'Helicopter crash victim reflects on life-saving medical careAbout Ametros
Ametros WebsiteAmetros LinkedInShawn Deane's LinkedIn
Mark Pew, The RxProfessor on Wellness in Work Comp
How can individuals manage their pain without being prescribed opioids? What role do our brains play with pain management? For this episode, Mark Pew, also known as the RxProfessor, speaks to improving wellness in workers’ compensation.
Mark shares how his unique professional background in software and programming paved the way for his calling as a passionate educator and agent of positive change. He discusses the effectiveness of alternative treatment modalities, the role played in influencing treatment options at the desk level, mentorship, and his advice for younger generations interested in a work comp career.
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Great Podcast and Host!!
I loved the first episode! This first interview really brought to light the thoughts, experiences, and emotions individuals with life-changing injuries may be going through after settlement. It was a nice reminder to always practice empathy and kindness in your daily work, especially when in the insurance/workers’ compensation industry you may be a critical part of someone’s support system.
The Florida episode
Painful to listen to. There is nothing compassionate about Florida’s workers compensation law post 2003.