Although the following workcover story was submitted anonymously as a “Guest Post“, we have tagged it under “Your Stories” as it involves a desperate injured worker sharing his/her– all too common– workcover nightmare and who is seeking help.
Empowering injured workers | Exposing the workcover conspiracy
Our new “guest” post section, launched on 16 October and which captures your submitted content, anonymously and directly on the front end of our site, has attracted another article. Here is our third submitted guest post, originally titled “QBE is a sham”. Written by both an injured worker and employer this short post highlights again how workcover insurance companies continue to engage in various deceptive practices or fraud.
Sometimes the way the questions are worded to an IME demonstrates the bias of the workcover insurer, writes an injured worker. Also certain doctors only do IMEs / or it may seem like it and those doctors seem to always have the same opinion. Injured workers talk to each other and they get an idea of whether a doctor is an “insurance” doctor or a proper clinician. In my opinion insurers who only use a narrow set of doctors for IMEs are setting themselves up for a battle…
According to an article in the Age, job-related stress is a growing problem in Victorian workplaces with 58 stress compensation claims for psychological injuries being approved every week. And lets not forget all the countless rejected claims. The annual number of claims for mental disorders has risen by almost 470 in five years while the annual amount paid out in compensation has risen by 45% to $273 million