Monday, June 12, 2017


I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that I think firefighters are heroes.

I recently was trying to fill out some disability paperwork for a firefighter who was injured in the course of his job.  It was a specific form just for firefighters.  Unfortunately, one of the most important Yes/No questions about how the injury pertained to the job was The Most Confusingly Worded Question Ever.  I think it had a triple negative.

I wanted to help the firefighter by getting him the disability benefits he deserved, but I could not figure out how to answer this question in his favor.  I showed the question to three other physicians and NONE of us could figure it out.  I finally picked one, because I had to.

It turned out to be the wrong answer.  (We were able to redo it, fortunately.)

I'd just like to thank whoever developed that paperwork to help deprive heroes of the benefits they deserve.  I hope you sleep very well at night.


  1. Questions like that are often created by highly paid attorneys whose job is to protect the gathering of investment capital and minimize the payout by insurance companies that hire them. It is especially painful to watch when it comes to taking care of soldiers, firefighters, and others who risk their lives in service to others. Unfortunately, I am sure they sleep well.

  2. Please, please, PLEASE share that question.

  3. I don't know for what reason bureaucracy was found, but it definitely wasn't for making things easier for ordinary people...