“Workers Compensation: Time To Take a Stand” is an enlightening paper written by John McPhilbin, an injured worker. This paper is aimed at addressing many of the incorrect assumptions that drive current legislation and policies for workers compensation in Australia, as well as recommend essential changes. John is fighting for a worthy cause: injured worker wants to see change!
Workers Compensation: Time To Take a Stand
In 2003, John McPhilbin, was forced onto workers compensation as a result of a workplace injury. His claim was initially declined and he was forced to fight for basic entitlement through the Workers Compensation Commission. He was successful in winning his case, however, that was only the beginning of his nightmare. Despite suffering from major depression as a result of his ordeal, he received little help from the insurance company. It took the insurance company, even after years of lobbying NSW politicians for help, to provide John with the support he desperately needed. He was left with very little support from the system for 6 years.
The system is not designed to meet the real needs of injured workers and their families, in fact it only adds insult to injury. He is currently completing a degree in applied social science, majoring in management, and intends to pursue a career in helping to change the current system to better aid injured workers and their families get the care and justice they need and deserve. [What an inspiration you are, John!]
This paper is aimed at addressing many of the incorrect assumptions that drive current legislation and policies for workers compensation in Australia, as well as recommend essential changes.
The rationale being used by federal and state governments’ simply cannot justify unfair levels of compensation currently available to injured workers and their families. The failure of worker compensation schemes to adequately provide protections for injured workers and their families has a significant cost to communities and the economy as a whole. The protection of employers from the true costs associated with workers compensation and rehabilitation has led to a moral hazard, in which the downside risks associated with non-compliance concerning the health and wellbeing of workers is minimal. The real failure is clearly related to the failure of current schemes along with the lack of any real accountability by employers for protecting the health and wellbeing of workers….
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Thank you John for sharing this most interesting, well written and extremely well thought out paper 🙂 It is our sincere hope that this paper is brought to the immediate attention of Mr Barry O’Farrell and like-minded people, who believe that slashing of workers comp “benefits” to immensely struggling, poverty-stricken and extremely vulnerable people is the answer. Like John, we have very grave concerns that any cutting for “benefits” will tip many injured workers “over the edge” – and this, folks, is nothing but murder!