For us, our injured visitors and injured workers’ advocates are not only important as readers, but they’re important as contributors too! Further to the introduction of our new “guest” post section, which captures your submitted content, anonymously and directly on the front end of our site, here is our first submitted, empowering guest post titled “Never Give Up!”
Never Give upBy injured worker AR | submitted on 18 Oct 2014
It wasn’t my choice, but it was my right to make a claim.
I was injured both physically and psychologically at work for a popular female athletic wear company. Their marketing campaigns are shams. A culture of bullying and not caring.
So I had two claims – not my choice – but most certainly my right. I worked so hard for that company, for a job I had once loved. It wasn’t my fault I got hurt and bullied at work.
Understaffed and overworked – on top of that I was bullied by a manager. I was constantly harassed even on my day off – then one day I broke.
That was almost two years ago, and as I write this I’m having another short stint in a psychiatric hospital for treatment.
I’ve had a hideous time getting medical care in the community. A GP trying to send me to a psychic healer instead of a psychiatrist. A surgeon mess up surgeries after being left for 20 hrs with no food or water. Sent home bleeding from emergency departments. You name it, I have faced it!
It took six weeks to get into the psychiatric clinic – I’m surprised I’m still alive after two years of this mad roller coaster they call workcover.
‘Nothing good ever comes of workcover’ one GP told me – another flat out refused to help.
I’ve heard it all
- you have just let yourself go
- get over it
- you’re stupid for taking medication
- an IME said I should go back to work at my workplace four days a week despite stressors
- repeated IME reports with wrong info
- being told I’m just too fat after my injuries and medications stopped me from exercise
- I’m lazy
- I was even bullied by workcover advisor (which was proven)
I have seen the position I still hold advertised more than once in the last few years. Disheartening.
So why? Why do I subject myself to pushing through with Workcover?
We have the right to be safe at work. We have the right to proper medical care. We have the right to be returned to the same physical and mental state we were in when we were working our butts off for our employer.
We have the right to be better and go back to the earning capacity we had previous to workplace injuries. To return to our families the happy go lucky people we were before devastation and destruction!
I refuse to be bullied out of making a claim which is my right. So for those of you doing it tough – dig deeper – seek support – know you deserve a better outcome than just walking away.
Share your story and the tips to make it easier for someone else navigating such a horrible system. That’s why I love this website, I know I’m not alone. I send my best wishes to everyone on this journey and very speedy recoveries.
Injured Worker AR
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