Again, following a series of rather rude and inappropriate comments posted by injured workers to fellow injured workers, it is more than clear that many injured workers harbour a great deal of anger and resentment.
While they can yell at/and or take it out on their workcover case manager or lawyer, it is not necessarily safe to do so because they can readily be abandoned by these individuals. When injured workers take it out on fellow injured workers, in the misguided belief that it is “safe”to do so, by expressing anger at a fellow injured worker you actually need and may be of good help/support to you, you will drive them away too.
Injured workers harbour a great deal of anger and resentment
Let’s say you are a neurosurgeon and see your patients with work related spinal injuries as unappreciative, uncooperative, demanding, difficult even manipulative…Well, you are likely a victim of these injured workers’ displacement. This phenomenon occurs when a person (in this case an injured worker) is unable to express an emotion toward the targeted person and, instead, expresses it toward someone who is perceived as “safe”.
Let’s explain: say your boss or supervisor frustrates you, and you come home after work and start yelling at your husband/wife. He/she angers you, and you are -in turn- harsh towards your children.
Similarly, injured workers harbour a great deal of anger and resentment. They can yell at their workcover case manager, rehabber or even lawyer, but it is not necessarily safe to do so because those injured workers can just as readily be abandoned by these individuals… and these are individuals injured workers “need” to remain on their side.
Your medical tests/procedures are not being approved, your weekly pay is not arriving on time and your prescriptions are not being reimbursed by workcover. As an injured worker you can, and many do, express this frustration toward your case manager, but is it safe to do so? Is there not a risk in expressing anger at someone you actually need? Think again!
For many injured workers, the only quasi safe outlet is a, or the person providing care and support. For example,the treating doctor. After all, the treating doctor “should know” the pain, difficulty, frustration and emptiness of the post injury experience. Some injured workers hope that this acting out will evoke concern, warmth, compassion and support. Of course, it most often does just the opposite.
The same applies when an injured worker lashes out at another injured worker, or a group of injured workers, this blog, its authors or even administrators- those who are supposed to know and understand their pain, frustration, anger, depression etc – it also simply does the opposite – it drives them away and you (the lashing out injured worker) are then left even more alone.
So, perhaps we should all address such individuals as follows: …
Blog Participation Is At Our Discretion!
We (workcovervictimsdiary.com) provide a forum/blog for injured workers to exchange information and sharing experiences. We exist to support injured workers and improve the workcover system, or at the very least, injured workers’ experience(s) on the system.
Workcover systems in all jurisdictions in Australia are broken and our injured view is that injured workers must join forces and forge partnerships to make changes. Strength in Unity is the only way the voices of injured workers will be heard.Strength in Unity is also the only way we will make changes to workcover systems that keep thousands of injured workers in poverty.Our blog (site) is a great way to connect with other injured workers, but in order to make this experience as fun as possible for everyone, we have a few guidelines to remember.
- Introduce yourself if you are new or if you haven’t participated for a while
- No foul language, discriminatory remarks or other disrespectful communication with any other injured worker, the site authors and blog admins
- Respect privacy. Injured workers should not divulge identifying information
- No Solicitation of injured workers!
- No promoting UNRELATED stuff. [updated 12:48PM]
- Have fun! And please support one and another!
Any violation of the above is considered an immediate termination of ‘membership’, which basically means that you will either no longer be allowed to freely comment, be banned of further commenting and in extreme cases, be banned of accessing (seeing) the site.That’s right, we reserve the right to forbid any user (commentator) from participating in this blog, and to ban any user, at any time, for any reason. In the interest of the community, this may be done without any prior notice or warning, however we endeavor to post a warning to any bothering, offensive, objectionable, disrespectful or illegal commentator.
If you see something offensive, please report it! Alert the site administrator(s) to anything which you find to be offensive, objectionable or illegal.
[Post dictated by workcovervictim and manually transcribed on behalf of WCV]