In most Australian states, firefighters who are diagnosed of suffering with particular types of cancer are automatically “deemed” to have developed the condition by reason of their job. Unfortunately and tragically this legislation is not currently in place in Victoria, even though there is increased community support for such recognition.
Empowering injured workers | Exposing the workcover conspiracy
We refer to some recent comments and, especially, warnings made regarding injured worker’s use of ‘secure private’ forums in the context of our very adversarial workcover system. While our own experience with such forum(s) has shown that there are some very nasty people out there, such as private investigators and case managers who will do anything to gain access (under false pretenses) and infiltrate such forums, some injured workers are still under the belief that partaking in social networking sites, including private/secure forums is still ‘safe’ and that injured workers should not be all paranoid and fearful. Well, trust us, social networking sites are dangerous —the following lawyer’s letter highlights these dangers.
According to WorkSafe Victoria (now called the Victorian WorkCover Authority) they take all independent medical examiner (IME) complaints seriously. They claim to review and respond to each complaint received from an injured worker. Outlined in this post is the complaints handling process for IMEs, as well as the IME Service Standards and their “Declaration”…
Aside from independent medical examinations with hired guns, the biggest and most pathetic threat to injured workers is that the workcover insurer can pull what we believe is a dirty-yet legal-trick and send your workcover claim (file) for what is called a paper-based review or an in-house medical review.