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Improving the IME process – some thoughts

As you well know aworkcovervictimsdiary is very hard on workcover insurance companies and the workcover system. Perhaps we ought to stop picking on the insurance companies, the various claims people and processes, and even the Independent Medical Assessors (IMEs). Well, let’s try and think outside the box and ask ourselves how we could improve some processes. This article covers some random thoughts and recommendations to improve the IME process.

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WorkCover SA proposed changes – first gloomy look

As we posted earlier, the SA Government is planning to overhaul of its “buggered” WorkCover SA scheme, which is set to come into effect from 1 July 2015. Whilst we have not seen the full (and fine) details of the reforms, we know already that just about every SA injured worker will be adversely affected by the changes. Here is an overview of the main proposed changes.

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AMA Guides and impairment rating are problematic

In most Australian jurisdictions (states and territories), the American Medical Association Guides  (AMA Guides) are the accepted assessment tool for injured workers’ permanent impairment rating. The problem with many AMA Guides (especially the older versions in use such as the AMA Guides 4th ed in Victoria) is that the rated impairment does not take into account the impact the impairment has on the injured worker. What should be measured is disability – that is, how the impairment really affects the injured worker.

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surveillance of workcover defense IME should be allowed

In wokcover cases, the defense counsel (insurer and their lawyers) has been allowed , for years, to use covert video surveillance to challenge the injured worker’s testimony in court regarding the extent and severity of his/her injuries.  Allowing the injured worker to use the same surveillance means to challenge the testimony of a defendant’s chosen doctor (IME) on the same issue by exposing the thoroughness (or often lack thereof) of the IME’s examination of the injured worker should, in our opinion, also be routinely accepted.

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Hi,

Since August 2011, our humble Diary of a Workcover Victim, based in Victoria, is 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 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 allowing 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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