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Small group of IMEs paid up to $500,000 to deny claims and surgery

Peter Sharman’s blog Insult to Injury featured a disturbing article in which a small group of New Zealand doctors (IMEs) claimed to be receiving large payments in return for medical assessments that help the corporation (workcover) take costly long term injured workers off its books. We believe this article is well worth re-blogging over and over again!

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The concept of Do No Harm should be applied to workcover

Fact:  Many  falsely assume that injured workers in the workcover system “behave” in the way they do because they have an economic incentive to do so, however very few have looked at the workcover system itself to find out how the (entire) process impacts on the mental health of the injured worker.

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Justice is crucial to protect injured workers

An injured worker kindly shared an extremely well-written, to-the-point article titled “Justice imperative to protect injured workers” written by a decent, empathic and passionate Canberra Lawyer, David Lander.Whilst the article points the finger at the adversarial Comcare Scheme, it could well be applied to all workcover schemes and their agents…

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Hi,

Since August 2011, our humble Diary of a Workcover Victim has been one of the  most popular, free, supportive, educational, eye-opening and enlightening injured (and ill) workers’ rights and workcover benefits website/blog, authored by injured workers for injured workers in Australia.

We are proud to have empowered and helped zillions of injured workers (and their families) in their time of need and (c)overt abuse, providing them with easy, online support and access to much needed information about our adversarial workcover system.

If you are an injured, ill or disabled worker or a supportive family member, you know how difficult it is to find the help you need. The lack of resources and support can turn your life into a brutal nightmare. But you don’t have to fight this alone. We support and connect people who have experienced a workplace injury, trauma, illness, pain, and/or disability first hand.

We so totally understand what you’re going through: the frustration, fear, and hopelessness. But here, you will unite with a community of fellow injured workers (and some advocates) who have joined together to fight back and to kick butt.

Our mission remains the same as it was when we began: reduce the difficulty of injured/ ill workers and their families searching for vital (and hidden) resources while increasing access to empathic support, workcover benefit information and the various – dirty- tactics used by the workcover insurers (and their allies) to deny, stall, and gaslight your claim.

Our site’s core function is the blog community support and our private forums, both useful tools that allow injured workers to interact with other injured workers as well as other people who are also dedicated to our cause.

A workplace injury, illness, pain and/or disability doesn’t just affect our income; it also damages relationships within families and social circles, and simply drains the joy from our injured lives. The physical and emotional effects of this stress and isolation, combined with the -frequent- very brutal abuses of a very adversarial workcover system, very often lead to depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses. With no way to earn a living, and no real support for our cause, how are we expected to survive?

The world looks down on people who have been injured (made ill) at work, assuming that we are all lazy, malingerers or fraudsters, taking advantage of the workcover system. Workcover insurance companies, along with some politicians, and a biased media have shaped this stigma through decades of similar, unfounded claims and statements. As a result, injured/ill workers feel completely and utterly alone.

We do know what you’re going through and what you need to help you pull through, because we are seriously injured & disabled workers ourselves!

Get the help, support, understanding and the information you need to put some of the pieces of your life back together. Through the community of vital support and resources, you too can take a step toward change.

 

Warmest Regards


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