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!
In the 2016 Ombudsman Investigation into WorkCover VIC practices, emails from for example, workcover agent (insurers) made public by the Victorian Ombudsman show management congratulating staff who had “achieved their termination target” and were “top terminator” or top deny/rejector” of insurance claims! Fully sick, considering they celebrate injured workers’ pain, suffering and misery!
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…”
Previously we shared via our admin / tech commenting section some interesting facts about the hack or theft of Diary of a WorkCover Victim’s original domain name aworkcovervictimsdiary.com – let’s just resummarise it: in a nutshell: Domain stealing, also known as domain theft – in our case the theft of aworkcovervictimsdiary.com- is a common and criminal activity on the Internet. It consists in transferring your domain name illegally to another registrar, without you knowing about it. Rest assured we still exist on www.archive.aworkcovervictimsdiary.com.au!
Emotional and/or psychiatric injury is so often caused by the interaction(s) with the workcover system, in particular interactions with the insurer (i.e. case manager) and by ongoing stigmatitsation and psychological profiling of injured workers as malingerers, fraudsters, careless and even dumb!
We recently recieved the following testimonial / story from a Victorian Injured Worker, via our Contact form. Not only has this injured worker come to the realisation that being on workcover is, indeed, a nightmare; but s/he also praises aworkcovervictimsdiary.com which helped her/him understand that s/he is definitely not alone.
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!!!
After reading a recent comment posted by “Doug” stating: “I too suffer from mental health issues which have been aggravated due to a workplace injury, yet work cover do NOT want to even know about them”, I am compelled yet again to repeat today that when a worker is unfortunate to be injured at work, there is not only injury but it is then – just about always – followed by assault and workcover case managers (et al.) are re-injuring those workers all over again.
I recently asked an orthopaedic surgeon why he recently decided to cease accepting workcover patients; the surgeon gave an interesting but perhaps wretched answer, saying that workcover patients are much more difficult o engage and treat than general patients because “these injured workers are so angry at the [workcover] system”.