Say hi to an injured worker!
Say hello!to an injured/ill worker!
Please allow yourself to open your mouth or eyes to see all those around you that are suffering a work injury or illness and its consequences
Many of us, more seriously injured workers have heavy hearts, our heads need hands to hold them up as they have been lowered so many, many times. Many of us are badly hurt and physically unable to stand, walk, write.. but we are understood by the rest of those who understand and can sympathise when all we need is a word of hope and compassion.
Say hello to those who went to work one morning to earn a living , just like you, but got hurt instead, and who are now isolated, betrayed by an adversarial ‘system’, and have been kept waiting for months or years… Many of us feel like our lives have become a waiting game without much support. We have been in a waiting game that causes shame and blame to, often shattered, lives that are already suffering with pain.
We, more seriously injured workers feel like the forgotten lost in a battle and no matter how we explain the state of our circumstances it’s as if our information is interpreted and written in a different language.
We wish you, the healthy worker, the workcover insurance, its case manager, the “independent” doctor, the employer, the “rehabber” could comprehend without the need to offend us or our need to have to repeatedly defend the truth about our injuries.
We communicate but there is no one who will contemplate the fact that we too have rights in this society and that we are entitled and legally owed justice.
Our main struggles are about justice and our rights to have a better quality of life …better than we are given. We are referred and passed on to other workcover-related services and/or agencies that place us often in even more difficulty, leaving us to struggle.
Yes, we believe we have become victims of a very adversarial workcover system that has a policy of denial making us into rivals at odds without an end in sight.
Say hi, our fight is for access to a better (quality of) life and justice. We fight for a better way and for respect and humanity to rise above poverty. All we have are our words, and our stories and we hope we will be heard and believed. Our war is psychological and financial as we fight for the lives of our families and ourselves. It’s a fight that gets placed under scrutiny, over and over again, and alleged assumptions that condemn rather than complements the possibility that we are humans.
We are placed on trial and there isn’t really anyone you can rely on to promote reasonable communication to allow for accommodation or compassion.
Hurt or made ill on our jobs, we often lose all that we had and many of us are left without the ability of any earning potential in a stalemate with those who were supposed to protect us. Some of us will never be able to be self-sufficient, ever, without assistance or the courage to fight for our rights to be heard.
So, please, say hello to a more seriously work injured person. No-one knows how we could survive amidst all the alliances that oppose and have imposed the stresses of life upon us. It’s a bit like being continually on life support. Many of us still have unfulfilled dreams and families that are left bewildered and sad. Many of us (will) lament over the opportunities that we might have had and the chances for a better quality of life that we have lost as a consequence of our injuries.These are the facts that are the complexities of our lives – a life that was and, for many, a life that will never be coming back.It’s never about being compensated for being injured;…it’s always about explanations that lead to frustrations in our lives not being taken seriously as we fight for our survival. We need a chance to be affirmed as worthy of being accepted and not rejected by prejudice; we hope for collaboration rather than frustrations.We have had to be strong among the wrongs that complicate our lives.And, our victory is about refusing to give up and staying in the fight!