Editor's Welcome Word
This site was born out of my sheer frustration, anger and grief regarding the WorkCover system
where all is not made clear, where the waters are very murky, and when the chips are down, the very people who are responsible for duty of care and support simply choose to ignore you.
I hope this site will somehow help you navigate the murky waters of the WorkCover system, and, at the very least, be extremely diligent in finding out your legitimate rights, always questioning the “system” in order to keep some sort of control within the WorkCover system.
About A Workcover Victims Diary
Aworkcovervictimsdiary.com.au (AWCVD) is a grassroots not-for-profit community of WorkCover victims who have been injured at work and who have struggled sensesly with the current workers compensation system in Australia.
As a result of these work injuries, many of our members lives have been, literally, turned upside down by severe or serious injuries, illnesses, brain injury, loss of limbs, severe psychological conditions, need for surgery, medical treatment and therapy, long-term debilitating injuries, loss of time from work, loss of jobs and, at times, loss of independence.
AWCVD wants to see changes to Australia’s workers compensation legislation that will improve the way all injured workers are treated and cared for. Not only are injured workers faced with many painful challenges of overcoming and adapting to their injury or illness, injured workers are also faced with an insurance system that does not fairly provide much needed medical care and legislated benefits.
AWCVD gives a voice to countless injured workers in Australia, who have become some of the most vulnerable people!
If you or a family member has been injured or made ill at work and debilitated by the poor, frustrating services and benefits offered under the workcover legislation in Australia, you too can join us and make your voice heard. We welcome ALL members who wish to support our mandate for change to Australia’s workers compensation legislation and for better treatment for all injured workers.
Why Is This Site So Important?
Were you injured at work? So was I! I became a disposable inconvenience because I was injured at work!
Someday you or a loved one may be face to face with the WorkCover system and their illegal activities, knowledge is your best defence.
This site will help you navigate through the murky waters of the workers compensation system, and whilst my experience with WorkCover occurred in Victoria (Australia), I sincerely believe that it crosses all states and even borders with respect to the insane challenges and nightmares that a workplace injury can create, within any workers compensation framework or scheme that I am aware of.
My message to injured workers is simple and that is that you have to do your own research into the workers’ compensation laws relevant in your state or country; you really need to keep well informed and remember at all times that people advising or assisting you are most often not working in your best interest.
From my own experience, I found that “mistakes” and “oversights” occur all the time. Like you, when I was first injured at work I did not know my rights – they were certainly never given to me by my WorkCover insurer, and I was and am treated with utter contempt and disrespect by my WorkCover insurance company, and also by my (now former) employer.
Knowledge is your only power!
A Diary of a WorkCover Victim- kick-started by seriously injured “Workcovervictim” in August 2011.
This site was born out of my sheer frustration, anger and grief regarding the WorkCover system where all is not made clear, where the waters are very murky, and when the chips are down, the very people who are underresponsible for duty of care and support simply choose to ignore you, the injured worker.
Remember all stakeholders (i.e. independent medical doctor; insurance doctor; rehab service providers etc.) are accountable to and will perform in a way to please the hand that feeds them – yes, it is all about money.
I hope this site, our and many other injured workers’ stories will somehow help other injured workers navigating the murky waters of the WorkCover system, and, at the very least, be extremely diligent in finding out their legitimate rights, always questioning the “system” in order to keep some sort of control within the WorkCover system.
The workers compensation is – in my opinion- extremely adversarial and they use tactics to wear you down, to make you emotionally bleed out, to break you, all in order to weaken your position and to maximise their insane profits.
Because I had been seriously injured at work, I have – like you- become the “suspect” and the “enemy”. My own experience has thought me to fully distrust the insurance company or the case manager – their attitudes and behaviours has led me to realise that “humanity” is something that is not exercised nor understood by them.
Even though liability was accepted for my injury, I was and am still treated (like you) as guilty and with suspicion. So I knew (and you will learn) that it was and is up to me (you) to protect yourself and to treat everybody with suspicion and distrust in return. No one is there for my or your protection; except my/your lawyer! This is where the word Diary played a huge part when deciding the domain name for this Blog. The word DIARY is to it is to remind all injured workers to KEEP A DIARY! Why? To protect yourself!
In a WorkCover situation it is my experience and opinion that injured workers are treated as guilty by all parties – which is insane, given that in Australia even the worst criminals are afforded the right of being innocent until proven guilty.