Injured workers’ stories
Why do we take the time to search out these stories about Workers Compensation from all around the country? Simply put, we want you to understand that this workcover (aka work-over!) epidemic is a national problem. Employers and workcover insurers will simply stoop to the lowest of levels to try to beat an injured worker out of his lawfully mandated and guaranteed benefits.
Workcover insurers and employers lose sight of the fact that this safety net was created to catch occupationally injured workers and assist them back to productivity or help them find another vocation (job) where they can support their families once again.
Understand the reality; workcover is no longer about taking care of the injuries of injured workers and getting them back to work as it is supposed to be, it’s about money and power and who has it and who uses it to influence state legislators to do their bidding.
It’s about those who don’t think twice about convoluting and bastardising this system to meet their goals. It’s about unfeeling, uncaring corporate entities who care about only one thing; their financial bottom line.
Note: when you use the below share-your-story’s form, this means that your story will be sent anonymously via email to aworkcovervictimsdiary.com, who may then publish your story (unless instructed otherwise) as an article/post without any identifying features. .
Many injured workers like you and me have shared their workcover stories, and in doing so help us prove that there is a systematic pattern of abuse by the workcover system, which is unacceptable.
Please conduct a search using the keyword “stories” to find all shared stories prior to 16 May 2012 and those not published on this page.
Silence is not an option
Selected injured worker’s stories
Injured worker “L” – 28 Mar 2015
The following story, shared by “L”describes the all too familiar feeling that, once on the workcover system, many of us become a prisoner of our own body and are being driven to what “L” can only describe as a “spiraling emotional unhealthiness and depression….”
Injured worker “I” – 27 Feb 2015
Truck Driver denied compensation for PTSD – The following distressing story highlights the difficulties injured workers face in proving negligence on the part of the employer – for causing a foreseeable psychiatric injury – and, ultimately for successfully litigating psychiatric injuries by means of common law.
Injured Worker “X” – 17 Feb 2015
The following psychologically injured worker has been working as an emergency medical dispatcher. His/her is one of the voices callers hear when they dial 000 and ask for an ambulance. No training can fully prepare a dispatcher for the stress of taking calls from emergencies and people in desperate situations. Sometimes the outcome is traumatically evident: the casualty dies while still on the line… But what if that casualty is your own son or daughter?
Injured Worker “A” – 10 Feb 2015
I want people to know that these [IME] ‘examinations’ are sheer TORTURE!”
Injured Worker “S” 1 November 2014
I am just sharing part of my journey. I am robust but I can see how a physical injury can, through the machinations of the (workcover X) insurer, trigger psychological injury…”
Injured Worker “X” 30 October 2014
Another brave injured worker decided to share his/her workcover
story nightmare, again highlighting the abuse inflicted upon injured workers by the adversarial workcover system. ”
Injured Worker “A” 6 August 2014
After having visited our site, another brave injured worker decided to share his/her workcover
story ordeal, again highlighting the reason(s) why our workers compensation system is extremely dysfunctional on multiple levels. ”
Injured Worker “T” 20 April 2013
By far the worst workcover story we have ever heard of! A lawyer who lied, a doctor who made a mistake and an injured worker crippled for life.”
Injured Worker “X” 16 April 2013
“…Late in 2011 I was verbally attacked and physically chased to the toilets by the General Manager and a senior Manager whilst my local manager sat there and let it all happen….””
Injured worker ‘C” 27 March 2013
“….Also the case managers who were rude, hardly ever return my calls or emails and rejecting treatment that I wanted to get in order to get back to work and to get better of course. Went to claim for my shoulders and of course they rejected it. And this was because of an IME doctor that said it was all in my head and he wasn’t even a psychologist..funny that…”
Injured worker Johnny 16 March 2013
I used to work for a manufacturing company before I had to stop due to getting carpal tunnel syndrome. I had to have a small operation after which kept me off work for a few weeks, I tried to return on partial hours but my doctor said I was only able to supervise, I wasn’t able to do any work.after doing this for a week my employer sent me home in front of everyone, I was so embarrassed that I couldn’t return there, I was off work for two and a half years because of an adjustment disorder I developed from this traumatic experience, …
Injured worker “C” 7 March 2013
I am glad I stuck to my guns – an injured workers stress-full story, inspiration, courage and some invaluable tips when lodging a claim for stress and undertaking legal proceedings.
Injured worker “M” 18 November 2012
“I have wanted to tell this story for a long time, and having now pretty much explored every legal avenue I am more confident in doing so”, writes an injured worker who experienced sickening bullying in his workplace….”
Injured worker “X”10 November 2012
In this horrible story, an injured worker was called “a fat, lazy female” in court!…Where do I start. Well I was working as an Administration Assistant in 2005 I had a workstation made from an old desk and a desk return at my feet under the desk I had open Telecom cables and to my left a large hard drive box on the floor. I had a little room …
Injured worker “X” 22 September 2012
Another very brave injured worker shared his disturbing story with us. He was severely bullied in his workplace to the point where he was shot with a staple gun by a fellow employee! His workcover claim was initially denied, courtesy of a very biased ‘investigator’s report’. With the help of a law firm he finally managed to have his claim accepted, only to discover that his lawyer had coerced him to sign an “agreement” and since then the poor and exasperated injured workers has been going through an all too familiar nightmare of insurer’s bullying tactics, delays and denials…
Injured worker ‘X” 13 September 2012
Recently we all received a welcomed bonus with a letter that stated again our obligation to keep accidents low and even made reference to a few doctors’ visits that occurred but could also be avoided. Clearly, it inferred that our bonus might be bigger, if only we all could meet safety targets…
Injured worker Carl 11 September 2012
We recently received a plea for help from Carl, via the IWSN, who is an injured nurse. We expect, like Carl, that many seriously injured workers will now be subjected to the same hostile and unfair treatment by insurers under the new WorkCover laws in NSW. A must read!
Injured Worker “X” 17 August 2012
A severely psychologically injured worker kindly shared a letter she wrote to the Victorian Ombudsman. It’s one of many complaints that she took to many bodies that are touted as protectors of the little guy”, she writes. “Guess what, none of them measured up”. Again this story highlights the impact that adversarial workers compensation systems has on the mental health of injured workers.
Injured Worker “I” 12 August 2012
Injured Worker “I” found the courage and strength to share his painful story with us. Again, this story highlights the blame mentality taken on by so many employers (in a no-fault system!), and the endless frustrations a severely injured worker typically faces with his/her workcover case manager. Note that this injured workers was told by his case manager that “if he feels depressed he can ring her for a chat” (WTF).
Injured Worker “Screwed” 7 August 2012
We received a painful email from an American seriously injured worker who states that the system of Workers Comp is [also] so screwed up in his state its unreal. He says he feels raped and that if it wasn’t for his fiancee, who sadly was diagnosed with MS but who is still working, he would be living in a card board box under some bridge.
Injured Worker “X” 5 August 2012
MUST READ: In this true and most shocking story, a well known despicable and evil case manager from Xchanging, took it upon her uneducated self to illegally downgrade a severely injured worker’s serious injury certificate, accusing the injured worker – who is currently literally facing “sudden paralysis from the legs down as well as urinary and fecal incontinence” of malingering!
Injured Worker “P” 4 August 2012
From 1998 to 2003, I was employed by a Community Legal Centre. In the latter years of my employment, I was bullied at work over a long period. Initially, I did not recognise the bullying for what it was. I developed severe back pain and moderate depression. I took my annual leave to try to recover. During this time, I was made aware of the bullying meted out to a colleague and friend. I assisted my colleague in writing a complaint. I was further emotionally devastated by this process both by the distress of my colleague and because her complaint signaled to me that my workplace was losing its integrity. Subsequently, I made a Workcover claim to cover what eventually became six months absence from the workplace…
Injured Woker “R” 3 August 2012
Injured worker “R” kindly shares his story with us. Whilst he has undergone three surgeries and is doing all he possibly can to return to work, he has been told by his employer that they want him back only when/if “100% mentally and physically fit”. Now that the injured worker’s injury will take a long time to heal and recover, his rude and bullying employer appears to be making a sly case for constructive dismissal…
Injured Worker “X” 1 August 2012
an injured worker who made a complaint to WorkSafe about bullying in his workplace. The response he received from WorkSafe left him beyond shock. Repeated exposure to this bullying has left him expecting nothing less than total corruption and typical “cover up” for the bully and no enforcement of Worksafe’s OHS Act. Bullies are just encouraged to bully even more…
Injured worker “L” – 27 July 2012
In this story, injured worker “L” kindly shares her painful workcover journey with us. L sustained a permanent back injury which, most unfortunately, means that she is no longer able to do the job she so much loves. Her employer was unable to provide her with a new administrative based job, and without formal retraining, she found herself working elsewhere in an admin-based job she finds overwhelming and where she does not feel welcome or appreciated. On the way to work, L sometimes feels like not turning the wheel and thinking all her troubles would be over if she kept going straight…
Injured Worker “Pauline” – 20 July 2012 and 28 July 2012
“a workplace bullying victim me, bullied even more by Workcover, the legislation and all those trough slurpers who suck at the Workcover purse”, says P, who is sharing a rather nauseating verbatim transcription of a question and answer session that was conducted at Worksafe Week 2009 by QBE, and a most enlightening letter she wrote to the then workcover Minister Tim Holding.
Injured worker “Pauline”, who shared her story with us last week and who suffered a whopping 30% psychiatric injury in 2006, and was “compensated’ out of the system with barely two years income to support me was blocked at all attempts to get retraining. In her story, she shares a copy of one of her letters rounding up her effort on this front. Pauline is now homeless and deeply impoverished living on the disability pension.
Injured worker “X” – 18 July 2012
an injured worker, who suffered a very serious psychological injury including very real suicidal ideation, following relentless bullying and harassment in the workplace [The Nepean Hospital in NSW], eventually recovered enough for pre-injury duties. With a medico-legal certificate of capacity, clearly stating the injured worker fit for pre-injury duties, the Nepean Hospital’s [then] Human Resource Manager literally forbid him to return to work, based on the completely outrageous, unfounded and sickening statement that “the Area Health Service continues to have serious concerns about the injured worker’s [mental] wellbeing…” and that they would need to obtain “medical evidence”. [WTF!].
Injured worker “X” – 14 July 2012
an injured worker who has been bullied at work and who wishes to remain anonymous for obvious reasons tells us that a bullying manager, who had been “off work for 6 months” and who had been responsible for over 100 resignations (!) and had at least 10 formal complaints about bullying against her, would be returning to work shortly. As s/he rightly states, “it’s a joke in about the lack of severely disciplining managers as they are still considered untouchable…”
16 July 2012: The horrible story continues and the bully manager is still vilifying current and former staff, even before she has officially returned to work!
Injured worker “A” – 8 July 2012
I recently requested a copy of the circumstance investigation report from my work cover claim. After the usual delays from the insurance company I finally received it. I wasn’t that surprised to find out that all of my work colleagues had not supported me, and had protected the person who had harassed and bullied me. I was shocked though, to find that included in the report were comments from a post I had made on my Facebook page around the time of the investigation..
Injured worker “G” – 8 July 2012
a sickening story from an injured NSW fire fighter’s friend. Her fire fighter friend suffered a workplace injury which left him with long term permanent impairment, but -as a result of his inhumane modified duties- he also suffered severe psychological injuries. After 25 years of loyal service protecting lives and properties, this man found himself without any retraining or rehab and … sacked!
Injured worker “A” – 5 July 2012
a sickening story from a bullied worker who, rightly, complained to WorkSafe about the bullying experienced at her workplace. The WorkSafe OHS inspector’s own behaviour, however, was truly frightening, hostile and nothing short of bullying!
Injured worker “G” – 4 July 2012
the story from injured worker “G”, who has suffered agonising arm and shoulder injuries from doing repetitive computer work and find himself in an -unfortunately all too common situation – where his boss “is just too busy” to “deal with his return to work plan”. His boss makes no effort to contact him and it looks like they do not want him back at work. His elusive case manager is of not much help either…
Injured worker “J” – 1 July 2012
an injured worker who developed debilitating, lifetime post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after he was required, as part of his job, to investigate pretty gruesome heavy machinery accidents. His case differs in that there was an extended (20+ years) period of time between exposure and diagnosis, which caused much debate as to the date of injury and under which WC Act it should be considered…
Injured worker “R”- 29 June 2012
injured worker “R” shared his gut-wrenching story with us. R, who suffers a severe back injury, is now living in a dark boarding room [a box] and relies on the Salvos for food parcels. He can’t walk to the bathroom down the hall without soiling , he sleeps rarely and he can’t fill a script from the chemist cos he can’t walk there. And, worst of all, he was let down by his very own GP, who – undoubtedly after being pressurised by the insurer, suddenly certified him “fit” as a fiddle.
Injured worker “Kim” – 27 June 2012
“Kim” kindly found the courage to share her story with us. Whilst Kim initially suffered a relatively “minor” back injury at her first workplace, she had not been treated properly by her then employer (and insurer) and was consequently forced to seek alternate employment, where she suffered horrendous abuse to be only pushed into another position where she was further exploited by another greedy and cruel employer. The domino effect of one injury is crushing, and we can see now how the original physical injury actually created a psychological injury also, which made her very vulnerable to further injury….
Injured worker “Kris” – 26 June 2012
Injured Worker “Kris” shares his/her story and clearly shows that the workcover “paperwork” has not only caused life-threatening complications but also extended his/her recovery time by months, and has made things much much worse . As Kris writes: ” the “system” itself that is bureaucracy at its worst, has wasted a lot of my time and money”.
Injured worker “Troy” – 25 June 2012
Yet another nightmarish story from “Troy”, a SA based injured worker who is spiraling into complete isolation and who is really, really desperate for help. He says no lawyer will help him without cash upfront and he feels like he is left to rot…”I pretty much have 1 foot the grave already and EML has a backhoe to dig faster…”
Injured worker sent to lying geriatric IME – 22 June 2012
A harrowing story about a Victorian injured worker, whose claim is managed by CGU, and who was sent to an all-too-common- despicable, geriatric independent medical examinator exterminator (IME). This most unethical “doctor”, a disgrace to the profession really, dared to state that there was nothing wrong with the injured worker, despite clear MRI evidence of a lumbar disc protrusion with nerve compression. He had the guts to state that the injured worker is”fit for 40 hour per week” normal duties, and in doing so is just about to destroy a person’s life and livelihood! Disgusting!
Injured worker “Grathom” has nowhere to go – 19 June 2012
@grathom is an injured worker who has been battling the workcover system for over eight years now, and who is constantly being sent from one IME to another by Allianz under the false pretext to “diagnose” his injury correctly (after 8 years, WTF!), who has to fight for every legit payment, who has been unable to find a job, and who is now facing financial ruin with the proposed O’Farrell butchery. Like so many injured workers, he has nowhere to go…
Injured worker “D” – 17 June 2012
another gut-wrenching story and plea for help and support overnight from an injured worker, who sustained a brain injury after a car accident, and who has been abused in unimaginable ways by an employment agency, preying on disability subsidies. This man, and his carer are not only disillusioned with our society, but they are utterly desperate for help, support and advice…
Injured worker “P” – 7 June 2012
I started at my dream job in 2010 and I was really happy to be with this government organisation and thought I would end up working there until I retired. Boy was I wrong, within three weeks my new manager was bullying me. She would not train me, ignored me, isolated me and would talk to everyone in the office but me…. Read the harrowing story of an worker who was psychologically injured at work, had his/her claim denied and who has not been paid and is paying for all medical expenses. S/he is facing a Hearing at the Magistrates Court…
Injured worker “C” – 30 May 2012
aworkcovervictimsdiary received a very compelling story from an injury worker today. He is basically left with a severe respiratory disease, a skin condition and sight problems and, two and a half years later he is still waiting for justice. His wages are about to be cut and he relies on his family to buy his medication…all the whilst he’s feeling like he is breathing through a straw! Shame on you workcover, shame on you!
Injured worker “S” – 18 May 2012
I was injured in 2010. I was rejected by WorkCover after the case officer verbally told me on the phone in front of my partner that he was approving my claim but said please don’t tell anyone until he issues the letter. Then for months he denied my numerous attempts to send him more supporting evidence whilst giving my employer a million extensions for example to go away for the weekend boating!
Injured worker “V” – 18 May 2012
I am an injured worker and my file is currently managed by Xchanging.
My treating GP has made requests to the insurer for assistance with home help and garden upkeep.
This is slowly happening but not at the level I require, of course. After two ADL’s this year, we are now in debate about the possible recommendations an upcoming report ‘Workable’ can produce for the Insurer….