Another very brave injured worker shared his disturbing story with us. He was severely bullied in his workplace to the point where he was shot with a staple gun by a fellow employee! His workcover claim was initially denied, courtesy of a very biased ‘investigator’s report’. With the help of a law firm he finally managed to have his claim accepted, only to discover that his lawyer had coerced him to sign an “agreement” and since then the poor and exasperated injured workers has been going through an all too familiar nightmare of insurer’s bullying tactics, delays and denials…
Injured worker bullied and shot with staple gun – a disturbing story
The injured worker’s story in his own words
[some identifying parts removed]
[About 2 years ago], I happily and successfully applied to work in a caravan factory.
I’m a very skilled handy man and have experience with many skills so working in a caravan factory is a easy task for me.
I was assigned to work with a young boy and assist him in everyday tasks.
I soon understood that I was there to take him over, he was the classic drug/alcohol addicted,lazy, incompetent, uneducated, rude etc. etc.
Things went wrong since the first week, the drug boy came back from lunch break and he was too excited and unreasonable, he usually go together somewhere with some others and when they’re back they all appear irrational and too crazy doing things like dancing inside caravans with car stereo maximised volume, swearing, damaging goods, making mistakes and bullying others, they were there just to have fun.
I did my best to protect myself and raised my arms on my head and face, I left the caravan and the idiot kept on shooting and laughing.
I informed the Supervisor who seemed to know the behavior of that young guy and he appeared p*ssed off and disturbed.
After about 20 minutes the young boy came and blamed me for telling everyone, he was really upset.
I’m not going to tell the whole story because it’s too long, but the young boy was sacked as well as nearly all his follower friends, they one by one after bullying and insulting me were sacked but some were still there bullying me until I had to leave the place.
[Around one year later] I made complaint to Police and asked to have a report so I could make application at Victims of Crime, Police refused to do it saying they are too busy and even if I had a witness they would NOT support me.
I had to change GP because my Doctor didn’t want to deal with workcover issues “it’s too much headache”.
The new GP diagnosed me with medium to severe mental health illness and issued me a Certificate of Capacity.
They didn’t acknowledged my claim so I had to inquire WorkSafe then the insurer [name] which confirmed the Employer didn’t submit my claim.
[The insurer] accepted my claim and sent me to an independent (LOL) Psychiatrist for assessment while I was being treated by my GP also taking various medicines including anti depressants and waiting for the first appointment with a Psychologist.
The investigator was a bullying old lady from [omitted] who was clearly biased and blamed me for things I told her happened at workplace, her report was also misleading I had to read and re-read before signing it because the pig lady made the report look against me.
By the way, we went to [Conciliation] and that was a fully wasted time and effort, [Conciliation] representative did no more than recommend me to go to a Magistrate Court. What a waste of time at [Conciliation]!
In the mean time I kept going on with the health care program, I exhausted the allowed sessions Medicare pays for Psychologists so I had to pay some bills by my pocket then I stopped it.
I am lucky I pay a premium health insurance so I was able to be enrolled in 2 different mental health programs from a private clinic.
I contacted a Lawyer firm, [firm name omitted], I explained my case and the owner told me that my case was strong so we initiated the long fight.
Finally came the time to go to Magistrate Court, my Solicitor kept on dealing with the defendant to try to achieve an agreement without going to Court but [the insurer] was just too stubborn.
We had a preliminary audience and the Judge rejected the [insurer’s] request to have the case rescheduled because they didn’t have enough time to study my case (after nearly 18 months??), the Judge rejected the proposal and adjourned the case for late time the same day.
My Lawyer called me back before the Judge and said that we won and that [the insurer] accepted to pay medical expenses and weekly wages.
So far so good my Lawyer insisted many times for me to accept the agreement because it was a good option so I signed it.
They rejected most of the bills without giving a clear explanation and now [he insurer] has again stopped weekly payments.
[The insurer] DO NOT pay travel expenses, it doesn’t matter how loud you tell them!
He still holds some of my money and after I made too many verbal requests to have it back, lately I sent a formal letter asking for it and asking to end the deal so after that no more feedback from the firm.
They convinced me to sign an agreement just minutes before Magistrate Court allowing [the insurer] escape charges and now they are bullying me.
[Insurer] has planned to stop my weekly payments and has used baseless tactics and LIES to do so, they do not respond to my replays and to practitioners asking approval for billing and next step is to close my claim although I’m still in need of medical treatment and enrolled in mental health program.
My issue in still ongoing and this is just a brief of what is happening to me.
Thanks in advance for support and thank you so much for your bravery and your resilience!
All the best.
[Post dictated and manually inserted on behalf of workcovervictim]