Last night a seriously injured worker commented on our page called “workcover insurance violations and wrongdoings”. Pame Singleton shared her horrid story at the hands of Comcare, and we feel that her story deserves to be published as an “article”, in the hope of hopes that she may inspire all of you, injured workers, to -in turn- share your experience(s) with the way you have been treated by workcover and their insurance companies.
Seriously injured worker shares horrid story at hands of Comcare
I am sitting here now 28 years after an injury I received after lifting a patient.
The pain is still here with me as it was that day it happened,the day it changed my life. Worse still i cant forget the way I was treated by Comcare and their lawyers, their Doctors and their team leaders.
I had nightmares for years, our daughters have also suffered they can both recall me answering the phone to a team member and then breaking down in tears.
They are bullies that threaten abuse and i can relate to just about all of the above.I also worked for a year after the injury because according to their doctors there was nothing wrong with me,it was a long journey for me to find out what the injury was,at my own expense.
When it was discovered I needed two bone grafts to my neck and a repair to my shoulder,I had another quest to get them to pay for it, as one team member said it would be like having a bob each way as to the results of the surgery.
After many years i had the op and at least my hands were no longer numb.
But the day I was discharged from hospital I had a 5 hour drive to be met with a letter saying I had to have a phone conference the next morning,
Their warning you will lose everything you own, I had already lost my home unit when I was not able to work after the injury so I could not gamble the home my husband had worked hard for.
The stress of this over the years left me severely depressed and without my husbands love and support I would not have survived.
I have not even come close to telling you the things that happened or the things said to me, it would be a book.
I tend to get a little upset with anyone that thinks if you are injured at work you would have received a massive settlement.
If you were employed by the commonwealth you would be lucky to cover pain meds for the rest of your life.
I kept thinking this is wrong someone will see how wrong this is and fix it,just so i can afford to go to the dentist or pay for glasses or get some kind of relief.
My heart goes out to all of you I know how you feel good luck to you all and god bless.
Thank you so much Pame for having the courage and the guts to share your story and experience with us. As I have been repeatedly told by Erin Brockovich, injured workers NEED to stand up and YELL, you all need to publish your experiences at the hands of workcover and their insurance companies. Only then can our voices and stories (evidence) be turned into real POWER and can we become strong enough to actually advocate for the much needed change.
In Erin’s words:It really is like the credo “it takes a village”, and it will take all of us to make the future brighter but it can begin with one so always remember the power of yourself as well.