The media once again reinforce the stereotype of injured workers as fraudulent malingerers. For every rorter there are 100 genuine cases. Watching this report one is left with the impression that all injured workers are rorting the system when it simply isn’t the case. Research indicates less that 1% of workers compensation claims are of a fraudulent nature.
Some real investigative reporting would help highlight just how far off the mark this misperception really is. For example, take the amount of money spent by insurers on private investigators each year and compare it to the amount of fraudulent cases uncovered and successfully prosecuted. This information should be readily available for WorkCover.
Media Bias: Workcover sting
A Current Affair exposes a man who claims his bad back prevents him from working but seems to have no trouble lifting his son into the air in hidden camera footage. See the surveillance video that has employers fuming.
Click here to view “compo war” on A Current Affair