As we’ve mentioned several times, sadly what is seriously lacking in the management of injured workers is the addressing of how the injury erodes the family and how the eroded family contributes to the injured worker’s struggle. But take injured worker “D’s” case and imagine what could happen if you were to work with your family and happened to get injured on the job. D lost his entire family because he was injured at work…
I Lost My Family – injured worker distressing story
I worked in a family business as a partner ( they use my money and I have no say) for 20 years. Family member 1- quotes, family member 2- deliveries, and me. Manual worker 7.30 am until 6.00pm. Lifting and machining hardwood, loading and unloading glass, take deliveries during lunch time day after day, year on year…
One day whilst lifting heavy frames when no one can help and I blow one disc, two weeks in hospital, back to work in 3 weeks.
Six months later, BANG same thing, another 2 weeks in hospital and told to make up time lost by using my holiday pay.
Reminder this is family. 12 months later BANG here we go again, hospital 2 weeks back at work in 3 weeks.
Skip forward 3 years lodged work cover claim and pleaded with insurer for MRI and was told my partners were seeking legal opinion and would have to wait.
Next thing I know I was sacked, and I’m a partner, how does that work.
Sacked, back stuffed, no money, 3 young girls and Xmas approaching and the final phone call comes telling me I’m no longer welcome to my parents place,( x) brothers, (x) sister all say I’m scum for suing my family.
I explain we have been paying w/c premiums for 18 years and they say get F__d.
As a partner I split my wage with my wife to minimise tax and that was told to insurer as was that I was ripping them off.
Now I am receiving my entitlements without hassle and even the Ombudsmen told the Insurer to back off. I just managed to save my house, kids, marriage and for what??? Trying to do the best job I could so everybody benefited.
Now no Superannuation or payout from them as couldn’t prove injury wasn’t pre-existing.
….who said as I was a partner they wanted company figures. Yeah right.
Now I attend hydrotherapy 4 days a week, take a sh¤¤ load of medication, have flare ups 2 or 3 times a month and there is no medical product that was suitable for me and now this was going to be my life.
Sorry people who read this as not many if any positives came out of this.
Most of money losses now come from 30cents a KLM for travel.
Whoa I feel better that I have unloaded, thanks guys for setting this thing up, CHEERS