Holy cow, yesterday, the real and famously known environmental crusader, Erin Brockovich, paid a surprise visit to the seriously injured (and opinionated) kick-starter of aworkcovervictimsdiary.com, here in Melbourne, Australia…who is still trying to recover from the shock of it! In fact Erin Brockovich rendered me speechless for 24 hours!
Erin Brockovich visits injured worker in Australia
Hear, say or see the name Erin Brockovich and you think, strong, tough, stubborn, sexy, inspiration, confidence, HERO. Erin is all that and so much more!
She is a modern-day “David” who loves a good brawl with today’s “Goliaths”.
She thrives on being the voice for those who don’t know how to yell (as in scream out loud)!
She is a rebel. She is a fighter. She is a Warrior. She is a mother. She is a woman. She is drop dead gorgeous. Very down o earth and very easy to talk too. She oozes power and confidence. She is warm. She is funny, witty, and very smart. She loves parrots, dogs, expresso coffee and chocolate cake. She is also you and me. … And she has set me on FIRE.
Holy sh*t, I am still in shock over Erin Brockovich’s surprise visit at home! In fact I was so shocked when she knocked on my door that I did not even recognise my lawyer’s assistant! I kept pinching myself and must have touched Erin about a hundred times (with permission) to make sure I wasn’t dreaming.
Erin Brockovich was not only interested in my personal injury claim – a rather extraordinary story indeed – but she is also very much interested and impressed in the work I (and my partners in crime) have been doing with aworkcovervictimdsiary.com. (and in Bobby and Bindi, my eclectus parrots who adored her!).
Erin Brockovich’s message is clear and loud and that is that she is shocked that what I have experienced, (and still am experiencing) at the hands of my workcover insurance company. Erin and I (aworkcovervictimsdiary) strongly believe that there is a systemic pattern of misconduct and abuse, which seems to be the “norm” here and that this is unacceptable.
Time to KICK BUTTS
She says there is no need to be afraid and to fear workcover insurance companies and case managers. You are the power! And together we can make the insurance companies very afraid of us!
The fact is that many, if not all workcover insurance companies and their case managers treat us like criminals and in fact by doing so are negligent to the point of putting our very lives at risk. As is made very clear through our blog and its interaction with injured workers, the biggest issue is that YOU are not alone, which ultimately means that a pattern has been established by workcover insurance companies. In the interest of saving big money, insurance companies and their employees turn a blind eye to the treatment of injured people whose care is entrusted in them.
All the while many horrible case managers [and therefore workcover insurance companies] continue to do irreparable damage to you [the injured worker] with no regard for your safety, not to mention to the quality of your life.
Erin and I (aworkcovervictimsdiary.com) URGE you to share your stories and experiences! Many of you have suffered equal and possibly even worse atrocities at the hands of workcover insurance companies.
Please come forward, don’t be afraid, says Erin. You don’t have to name names, just share your experience. Aworkcovervictimsdiary will gather the evidence, ensure exposure and media coverage – the whole of Australia (and the world) needs to know what is REALLY going on here.
We know the number of injured workers like you and me, who have been ill treated and abused are staggering, probably more staggering than we can possibly imagine, especially as the victims, like you and me- are weak, sick, scared and have been bullied for God knows how long…. making YOU less likely to actually stand-up for YOURSELF.
Power is in numbers, aworkcovervictimsdiary is now giving those of you, previously afraid to speak, a voice!!!
Rest assured Erin Brockovich will be watching what follows with great interest!!
Please be brave, stand up and share your stories and experiences with us!To Erin Brockovich: you are the best thing that happened to me. You have no idea what you have done to me. Yesterday was the BEST DAY OF MY LIFE. All I can say for now is that you have SET ME ON FIRE and that I am going to “KICK BUTT”!
About Erin Brockovich
Erin Brockovich is also the face behind Shine Lawyers, famous for “standing up for the little guy“, now one of Australia’s largest plaintiff litigation firms with offices in Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia. Erin is Shine’s Strategic Consultant.
In fact, Shine Lawyers is a firm who shares Erin Brockovich’s passion for helping people to seek justice when they have been wronged. Erin works with them and she trusts them.
“They have been fighting for Australians for over 30 years and stand up for people’s rights every day. They take this responsibility very seriously and every aspect of their firm is geared toward ensuring their clients have a positive experience and achieve the best possible outcome – in and out of the courtroom.” (read more here)
Update 20 April 2012
The COS Daily Magazine, a very popular Canadian Occupational Health and Safety on line Magazine published Erin Brockovich’s visit to WorkCover Victim on 20 April 2012 (21 April in AU).
A heartfelt thank you to The COS Daily!
Video clips, more pictures and media coverage will soon be released – stay tuned!