The sad truth is that medical examinations are never truly independent. Workcover insurance companies use the same doctors (IMEs) over and over again because they know ahead of time what the result will be. It is common for a doctor who performs an independent medical examination to find no evidence of an injury or to find that the injury it is not work-related, pre-existing or degenerative, and even to find that no medical treatment (eg surgery) is required.
Empowering injured workers | Exposing the workcover conspiracy
Recently, a Victorian teacher driven to the brink by unruly students including one who made a flamethrower in class has been awarded around $1.3 million, including $300,000 in general damages, $337,090 in past loss of earnings, $550,000 in damages for future economic loss and $70,000 interest on lost wages. It has been suggested that this case could open the way for other employees to sue state governments for damages under the negligence (common) law.
The joint parliamentary committee, including three government MPs, reviewed the WorkCover NSW scheme and unanimously recommended the reversal of changes that slashed medical benefits in 2012.
According to the recent Herald Sun’s – rather over-sensationalised- article titled: Revealed: The WorkCover cheats ripping millions from the workers compensation fund , listing a handful of fraudulent injured workers’ cases, one can easily be mislead (again) that injured workers’ fraud is rampant and extremely costly. But is it?