We are delighted that Pat McGarth – the ABC Investigative Journalist – published the following story! A traumatised police officer who suffered physical and mental injuries follwowing a police car accident has launched a private criminal prosecution against workplace injury claims manager Employers Mutual Limited (EML) – an Agent for Workcover NSW, after having been forced to wait efor over a year for a rightful workcover payout. Under New South Wales workers’ compensation laws, failure to decide on a claim within two months is a criminal offence and attracts a fine of $5,500. We are in true admiration of the brave police officer, and so hope she will win the case, and in doing so, set a much needed precedent. Workcover insurers including those in Victoria are still manipulating claims data in order to attract higher financial rewards.
Unfortunately, and despite the fairly recent Ombudsman’s findings and recommendations about WorkCover VIC, we know first hand that people with longer-lasting injuries are still often forced to battle doctors hand-picked by insurance companies to get medical treatment. In other words: injured workers are still waiting in pain!
Our workcover system is a true nightmare. Literally. Because the system and those who work within it trigger feelings of confusion, senselessness, helplessness and even alienation. It causes nothing short of a feeling of anxiety, sometimes shame or guilt and a feeling of unending difficulty hampering every step. Feelings that cannot be placated. It’s eerily a feeling like…“And why am I under arrest?” “That’s something we’re not allowed to tell you,” would be the bureaucratic answer. “Go to your room and wait there. Proceedings are underway and you’ll learn about everything all in good time…”
Ever thought about what is wrong with our workcover schemes? It basically comes down to three words: Money, Power & Politics. Why do they even call it work-cover or workers COMPENSATION? It’s definitely not about injured or ill workers, it’s about work-over insurance companies and their financial bottom lines, and the last thing it does is adequately COMPENSATE injured workers for their work injuries/illnesses which in many cases are due to the negligent actions and behavior of their employers.
Good morning all!
Here at Diary of a Workcover Victim we are constantly looking for opportunities to bring change about to a broken workers compensation system. Unfortunately this is made difficult by the fact that each State and Territory administers their own laws relating to Workcover. We therefore have to take opportunities as they come up on a State by State basis and hope we can slowly change the National conversation.
In Victoria at the moment we are preparing for a Royal Commission into Mental Health and we are viewing this as a golden opportunity to get Workcover into the conversation. The Commissioners have been asked to review the Mental Health system and offer recommendations on how it can be improved/fixed.
A farm worker in Queensland has recently suffered an horiffic accident.
He lost a leg and has horrific injuries to his other leg and is, today, again, undergoing surgery for infection.
The worker and his family are in a very difficult financial situation and navigating the workcover system. If anyone of you has a spare dollar, please kindly donate to keep this amazing family afloat.
The family posted the following on FB: $1 to help us be together at this time. Looks like there’s no insurance and work cover is only going to pay his wage. We will not have the money at all. Please help just $1 it can make the biggest difference to us.
Soula’s Chronic Pelvic Pain Story just shared that an ABC investigative journalist, Pat McGrath is looking into the experiences of people who have been through the workers’ compensation system – and those who are still going through it.
Nothing seems to have changed! Following the announcement that the Victorian Ombudsman will conduct another review in the the VIC Workcover system, comes the recent announcement from The NSW Business Chamber calling on the NSW Treasurer to commission an urgent review of the NSW Workers Compensation system.
In 2016 the Victorian ombudsman conducted an investigation into the workcover insurers’handing of workcover claims. The findings were scathing. In particularly the Ombudsman found that Victoria’s workers compensation scheme had failed some particularly vulnerable people. It has now come to our attention that the Vic Ombudsman is to re-investigate insurers’ handling of workers compensation claims and WorkSafe oversight.
Following an earlier post about “inconsitencies” and the sad truth that workcover will also “Google”you“, I “Googled” some workcover-related articles in the media and bumped on the following interesting story, which was featured on ABC News last year. In this story an injured prison officer said doctors, selected by WorkSafe insurance agents, lied and falsely claimed she had been a rodeo rider in an attempt to save the compensation regulator money. “It’s not even the words I used. I said I had been involved in the rodeo association. I haven’t even ridden a bronco or a bull,” she said.
Sounds familiar? Bet it does!!!