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Victorian firefighter begs for workers comp access

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.

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Social networking sites warning to injured workers

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.

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Independent medical examiners Victoria complaint process

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”…

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Hi,

Since August 2011, our humble Diary of a Workcover Victim, based in Victoria, 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 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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Disillusion yourself of any idea that the IME is independent

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