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Workers’ Comp To Hit Big Time-On Small Screen

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Workers’ Comp Debuts On Small Screen 

The small screen will host a Workers’ Comp series.  I have often thought that, at times, Workers Comp is interesting and challenging. I even dreamed it to be comedic enough to support a TV show. Well, here it is. Eagerly anticipated and much talked about, “Workers Comp”, a 30 minute comedy, is due to begin filming this month.

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The premise of the show is a family owned insurance business and the sometimes outrageous Workers Comp claims that are handled by its whacky employees. As if that is not enough there is an internal struggle between mother and daughter for control. Sound familiar? Reports say that the female lead is based on a local Bradenton, Florida business woman and will be played by Morgan Fairchild. The pilot will be shot at the fictitious Pinnacle Workers’ Compensation Insurance Company in Bradenton.

The actual company that the pilot is based on was a PEO and not an insurance company. With over two decades of experience handling Workers Comp Claims, this PEO became one of the most lucrative in the state. Two decades of claims should give the show’s writers plenty of wild tales and tons of opportunities for laughs. The kooky cast will include members of the family who owned the PEO as well as Robert Caradine of “Revenge of the Nerds” fame.

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It will be interesting to see how the day to day workings of Workers Compensation will be portrayed by these talented actors. Time will tell just how much poetic license it will take to satisfy the artistic vision of the writers. I have often equated the term outrageous with claims I’ve handled. Whacky, screwy, kooky, or zany, though, have never been on our Terms Of The Day list.

Here’s hoping the pilot is funny enough to be picked up. All of us who deal with Workers Compensation know claims can be challenging and, dare I say it, funny as well. Viewers may not realize that what they are watching is very close to the reality we face everyday.

Will glory finally come to the Workers Comp Industry? Here’s Hoping. Good luck to the cast and crew of “Workers Comp”.

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James Moore

Raleigh, NC, United States

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James founded a Workers’ Compensation consulting firm, J&L Risk Mgmt Consultants, Inc. in 1996. J&L’s mission is to reduce our clients’ Workers Compensation premiums by using time-tested techniques. J&L’s claims, premium, reserve and Experience Mod reviews have saved employers over $9.8 million in earned premiums over the last three years. J&L has saved numerous companies from bankruptcy proceedings as a result of insurance overpayments.

James has over 27 years of experience in insurance claims, audit, and underwriting, specializing in Workers’ Compensation. He has supervised, and managed the administration of Workers’ Compensation claims, and underwriting in over 45 states. His professional experience includes being the Director of Risk Management for the North Carolina School Boards Association. He created a very successful Workers’ Compensation Injury Rehabilitation Unit for school personnel.

James’s educational background, which centered on computer technology, culminated in earning a Masters of Business Administration (MBA); an Associate in Claims designation (AIC); and an Associate in Risk Management designation (ARM). He is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and a licensed financial advisor. The NC Department of Insurance has certified him as an insurance instructor. He also possesses a Bachelors’ Degree in Actuarial Science.

LexisNexis has twice recognized his blog as one of the Top 25 Blogs on Workers’ Compensation. J&L has been listed in AM Best’s Preferred Providers Directory for Insurance Experts – Workers Compensation for over eight years. He recently won the prestigious Baucom Shine Lifetime Achievement Award for his volunteer contributions to the area of risk management and safety. James was recently named as an instructor for the prestigious Insurance Academy.

James is on the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the North Carolina Mid-State Safety Council. He has published two manuals on Workers’ Compensation and three different claims processing manuals. He has also written and has been quoted in numerous articles on reducing Workers’ Compensation costs for public and private employers. James publishes a weekly newsletter with 7,000 readers.

He currently possess press credentials and am invited to various national Workers Compensation conferences as a reporter.

James’s articles or interviews on Workers’ Compensation have appeared in the following publications or websites:

  • Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS)
  • Entrepreneur Magazine
  • Bloomberg Business News
  • WorkCompCentral.com
  • Claims Magazine
  • Risk & Insurance Magazine
  • Insurance Journal
  • Workers Compensation.com
  • LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites
  • Various trade publications

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