Yesterday, John McPhilbin, our gutsy co-author and powerful Voice for Injured Workers was interviewed by Channel 10 for the evening news a part of the workers compensation overhaul (11th hour amendment). Everyday is a struggle [for injured workers] he said….Congratulations, John, for kicking butt!
John McPhilbin on Channel 10 re the 11th hour amendment
John McPhilbin, based in NSW, unfortunately suffers from stress and anxiety following horrendous bullying at his workplace.
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. John was left to languish for far too long and he almost lost everything as a result, he even contemplated suicide on my darkest days.
“The system is not designed to meet the real needs of injured workers and their families, in fact it only adds insult to injury. John 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.”
On Channel 10 News interview, John McPhilbin said that:
Everyday is a struggle
You worry about whether you will ever get a job again because the employers view you as a liability…
View the 11th hour amendment news coverage
Simply select the video “11th hour amendment” on the right hand side under video selection.
Channel 10 also reports that unions are NOT ruling out further action about the controversial workcover changes in NSW.
Direct link (to share) video featuring John McPhilbin: http://ten.com.au/ten-news-sydney.htm?movideo_p=44238&movideo_m=200131