Bragging about your sex life threatens workcover benefits

Wanting sex 1,440 times a day may turn heads with workcover judges, case managers and – government officials…

“I am a writer/poet, artist, sculptor, musician, wood artist, wordsmith, businesswoman, mother, ex-wife, retired postal worker, driver, fragrance designer, student, photographer, jokester, painter, and furniture designer. …acts like she is 32, her love meter reads “inferno,” and she thinks about sex 1440 times a day” writes a woman on a social site (see Social Security Disability Blog)

It’s good for the disabled to have a positive self-image and sex life but some people who adjudicate workcover or Social Security might think this woman is faking.

You need to be positive and promote yourself on dating sites like LavaLife but the downside is your enemies may think you are not injured or disabled.

Posting about your fun activities as a disabled or injured person struggling to get by in life may be a pastime that costs you benefits. Some judges, claims adjudicators, case managers and workcover insurance companies have been using Facebook and other social media to find out if you are cheating on your claim.

As the Jonathan Ginsberg, a disability lawyer, says in his article

So, if you use Facebook or mySpace or any of the hundreds of other social media sites, I strongly recommend that you spend a little time learning about the privacy features, and that you restrict access to your profile to people who you know well. You should also keep in mind that anything you post or do on-line may reappear, so be very careful about your on-line activities. 

Make your Facebook profile private and protect yourself. Make it private from everyone but your real friends and that does not include you ex-spouse, or past friends who might be jealous and try to turn you in.

Don’t laugh. I get emails weekly from nut balls who think I am pretending to be injured/disabled. There is a significant part of the population who display latent hostility and anger towards the injured or disabled in general.

I call also report that I get two or three emails a year from unhappy ex-wives or ex-friends who would like nothing better than to mess up a former friend’s claim. A couple of years ago, I represented a claimant who was approved, but then had his approval withdrawn when a former friend sent links to his web site to Social Security, which then triggered an investigation. 

Facebook and social media are one of the few regular social outlets for someone too weak to use more than two fingers. Not many people will put a sad sack face on the Internet. Who wants to read that kind of profile? People will put their best foot forward, talking about their hobbies and other fun activities.

One time I put on a social site I like horse riding and scuba diving along with my picture in a wheelchair and my arm in a cast. I have a twisted sense of humor so what? 😉

Being injured or disabled is not fraudulent but it may affect your workcover benefits!

This article is not intended to help fraud artists who are only a tiny fraction of the millions Australians with injuries or disabilities needing assistance. However, there is a negative thought process in the establishment working to deny Social Security or workcover and other benefits to the injured and the disabled. We are branded shirkers or malingers which is another form of hatred displayed towards the injured/disabled.

I don’t know anyone who would chose to be injured/ disabled. It’s not fun. We’d all rather be working and making a decent living not scrounging to live at the poverty line.

If you are injured or disabled you know what activity you’d like to do but can’t. Some days we want to rage against life but that’s a waste of time. Some of my friends says I’m lucky to be able to “advocate” for the injured and the disabled and prick a pin in politicians and the pompous. Now that’s a sense of humor 😉

[View original article here: Can Your Facebook Profile Hurt Your Social Security Disability Case ]

 

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Ben
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I don’t blame them either, like I keep saying, the problem is politics. I’ve been busting myself wtih effort, at great pain, trying to convince people, here and elsewhere that political action needs to be undertaken to fix this, and we need to have leverage as citizens to be able to threaten politicians with or they will simply ignore us (as they have other lobby groups applying pressure they can’t ignore — in those difficult circumstances, the ignorable will get ignored) However everything I’ve tried has failed.  I do not know how to convince people this needs changing.  As far… Read more »
Ben
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Practically all of the doctors I’ve seen I’ve paid for cash out of my pocket and claimed it back.   Deny, delay, lost paperwork, certified, registered, reconciliation spreadsheets, partial payments, incorrect payment amounts entered in their systems…  Insanity that is a mental stress I don’t cope with on so many levels. There’s no doubt in my mind that the litigation has hamstrung doctors ability to treat us.   The only solution I can think of other than political change to remove the incentives to abuse from the system, is to privately hire a lawyer and have a strong legal threat to sue… Read more »
workcovervictim
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I think the biggest underlying issue is that the TAC and WC don’t pay the doctors well (not as well as a full private fee) for our treatment, then pester them with ridiculous amounts of paper work and reports for which they are NOT paid, not to mention the the telephone calls and the outright abuse they cop from case managers. My own surgeon has had the displeasure to be told by my medically untrained pond scum case manager that she does not believe what he says and she has, on many occasions, counterpointed his opinions, diagnoses and treatments (on… Read more »
Ben
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Chris Pullen wound up refusing to see me at all simply because I had a TAC case, regardless of my willingness to pay upfront for his services in cash.   Even to the point of agressive legal posturing against me. I think it’s clearly discrimination against a minority group, who most need the help of the medical profession, yet the goverment once again has a policy in place to declare it legal to discriminate against people with disability any way you like because they aren’t specifically written into the discrimination act.   Insanity. Are you encouraging me to lie to Simon/Stewart about… Read more »
workcovervictim
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I certainly don’t encourage you to lie about the sad fact that it is a TAC case, but unfortunately, like so many good doctors, I believe they have recently stopped seeing WC and TAC patients – hence if you want a decent opinion you’d have to pay for it privately and try to get a refund…I know, I know it’s wrong but at the end of the day it’s about your body! Some people like Pullen and Richardson are very scared of litigation, I know for a fact that Richardson was involved in a nasty case around 2004 that back… Read more »
Ben
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I’ve been to a bunch of different orthopedic surgeons — to name the names of the main-contenders, Chris Pullen David De La Harpe David McCombe Anthony Berger There was a surgical conference wtih half a dozen surgeons discussing my case (mostly focused on my hand however — seems it’s common for people with “multiple” problems to have “the biggest” focused on at the expense of every other problem) Largely I kept pushing for outcomes during the first few years, averaged 1-2 doctors visits a week, and I was paying them out of my pocket and letting the bills build up,… Read more »
workcovervictim
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Chris Pullen (together with Martin Richardson) told me that there was nothing they could do to fix my shoulder and that it certainly was not unstable. They maintained their opinion until 2 days before an MRI with contrast was done (by an  upper limb surgeon specialist) which showed a ruptured labrum (from 2 to 10 o’clock), 2 torn rotator cuff tendons, a fracture of the head of the humerus, a wrongly re-attached ligament and a ruptured capsule at the front!!!! They told me that I had a “frozen shoulder” – how’s that, huh! I understand that you are sick and… Read more »
Ben
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PI:  Part of the problem with being ultra-consistent is that socially, by not “pushing through” you’re deemed to be a faker.   So if you spend the 13.5 years that it takes to get to court “being ultra consistent” with doctors advice, you get thrown in the absolute shit socially, and people just don’t want to know about excuses.   Man up and do it, or you’re faking.   The insurance industry very carefully markets this to society with advertising such as “the best thing for injury is to get back to work” messages.   It’s not what they’re saying that’s the problem per-se,… Read more »