We received a disturbing story from a seriously work injured anonymous nurse overnight (via the share your story page), where she shares a disgusting telephone call she received from her Allianz case manager a few months ago. She tells us she recorded the phone conversation, but without the case manager’s knowledge (and after several other incidences of alleged most inappropriate telephone conversations).
Work injured nurse shares a disturbing conversation with her workcover case manager
I was a nurse for 20 yrs and despite reporting an unsafe work environment, I was injured. I tried to prevent it, my employer did not act on the lack of safety and now here I am permanently and severely injured.
I absolutely, positively LOVED my job. It was my identity, the only thing I ever wanted to do and I can assure you-Ms. workcover case manager, if I were able, I would return to work in a heartbeat! The reality is, I can not. Wishing, hoping and praying will not help me recover either. After many desperate independent medical examinations, two vocational assessments, continual denials, endless delays in care, mind numbing frustrations and lots of harassment from Ms workcover case manager, I once told her that “I would do anything to get her [workcover] off my back”. Well, the next time Ms workcover case manager telephoned me she told me the following (I recorded the conversation):
“The easiest way for you to get out of the workcover system is to GET A JOB! Any job! Don’t keep focused on your past occupation. If you are gainfully employed in one manner or another you are much more likely to recover from injury! (WTF!) Check the stats – the longer an injured worker remains on disability, the less likely they are to ever return to work. You have to play an active role in your own recovery, don’t just wait for everyone else to do the work for you.(!?)
Also there is no way for a label of “high risk” to follow you in your applications to other places of employment. Unless you tell an interviewer that you have been on workcover, they have no right to ask you that (oh, really? I thought you had to disclose that under the law!). And believe me, workcover doesn’t have time to track where you are applying and tell them before you get there all about their claims. Nevermind that legally they are not allowed to tell anyone about your claim details under the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act. (wow!!!).
Get your facts straight and quit with all the conspiracy theories.
Go download yourself a copy of the Act. The act is LEGISLATED . This means it is LAW. The workcover is not part of the government. (!!!!) Believe it or not, their employees are trained to side with the worker if there is not a clear cut decision to be made.
If you think you have been scammed out of money, go review the relevant section of the Act before you go manipulating your own finances. All you have to do is follow the rules. Oh, and actually want to go back to work.”
Needless to say that this evil, uneducated, rude case manager had my blood boiling. Clearly, she is a corrupt employee of this corrupt, cruel workcover system.
I have to wonder about the character of someone that works for and believes in a system that abuses people. What about those that are unable to work – like me- at any job?
I truly hope for your sake, Ms workcover case manager, you are NEVER injured on the job, as then you would see for yourself just how horrible the workcover system really is. They are nothing more than a greedy insurance company and in my opinion, insurance companies have absolutely NO place in healthcare or injured worker claims. Their primary goal is to make money, as much as possible PERIOD. God forbid an injury ever happen to you…but karma is an interesting thing. I’d be really careful about how much you tout the wonderful workcover, because you just may be at their mercy on day as well.
Signed: yet another abused injured worker!
Well, well, well, how utterly disgusting! More interestingly this anonymous story reached our inbox BEFORE THE famous workcover employee started posting EVIL comments on our blog. You can review this moron’s pathetic comments on our forum, including the banned comments (rego needed to vie the banned ones). So, what we’re saying is that this story does not come to a surprise to us and, in fact, some of the inappropriate comments made were simply reinforced by our workcover employee commenter!
We believe it is the case manager that needs to get her FACTS STRAIGHT.
Workcover is violating injured and disabled workers rights, with impunity as Governments have given them the right to DISCRIMINATE and HARASS defenseless vulnerable injured workers
It’s people like this sick case manager that tell or post STUPID statements that further HARM defenseless injured workers, by the way, HOW WOULD she LIKE IT, if it was her that I nearly ran over on the highway due to lack of sleep and all the medications that I was placed on so Workcover would not have to treat my injuries or pay some wage replacement benefits!!!???