Creepy workcover surveillance tricks

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Many injured workers find it really creepy to think (or even sense) that a workcover private investigator may be following them around, taking secret pictures and filming their ‘activities’ without their knowledge or consent.

Creepy workcover surveillance tricks

Welcome to the creepy life of being spied upon when you enter the workcover world. We hear more and more of injured/ill workers who have been put under surveillance by their workcover insurance in an effort to manufacture and even fabricate evidence that can be used to deny workcover benefits.

Quite a few injured workers have obtained copies of their own surveillance videos under the Freedom of Information Act.

A typical case takes about 2-3 days of surveillance. And often the private investigator will park inconspicuously in the injured worker’s neighbourhood, either within view of the residence (best case) or watching the most likely route that the injured worker would take to leave. From there, the PI generally follows the person every where they go, usually in 8 hour shifts, and document their every activity.

For equipment, most PIs use a large  zoom digital video camera, and/or a covert (secret) camera that looks like a button or something similar, to use if the PI follows injured workers inside a building (eg. cafe, church etc).

It is also well known that private investigators will often make use of a (known) injured worker’s medical appointment (eg. an independent medical examination) to conduct surveillance as it allows the investigator to get activity, identify the injured worker, identify possible cars, and verify their residence.

However, one really creepy surveillance tactic was recently shared with us, and it  involved a case where the private investigator posed as another patient in a waiting room in order to strike up a conversation with the injured worker in the hope to capture a statement against certain interest on his hidden microphone/video camera!

The point of this brief article is not to make you (overly) paranoid but you to need to understand that there is a very good chance that a workcover insurance company investigator may be following you, looking for any opportunity to videotape you. This is particularly true when you reach certain milestones, ie. 130 week mark for weekly payments (VIC), and especially if you have applied for a serious injury certificate (VIC), and particularly if under the narrative test.

You need to be vigilant because surveillance videotape /evidence is possibly the most compelling piece of evidence that a workcover insurance company can use against you to cut off benefits and/or lowball your settlement offer.

Ensure you abide by your doctor’s restrictions at all times.



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4 Responses to “Creepy workcover surveillance tricks”

  1. Have you ever wondered if work cover all the lawyers and insurance companies are just one big scam to send us injured workers to doctors and psychiatrists to drug us up and all while the big pharmaceutical companies and the lawyers cash in on our misfortune.

    look deeper and you will find some pretty nasty shit happening in WorkCover.

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  2. I came across this article on these dirty low down pathetic pieces of stalking scum….the link on the bottom is not valid…but it does give insight into some of there tricks

    Tips For Private Investigators Darwin NT

    Working as a private investigator is a fascinating but endlessly challenging occupation. In this article I have set out ten top tips that may make life a little easier for those new to the profession.

    1. On surveillance operations, take something to fill the long hours when nothing is happening but you don t want to fall asleep. Books and newspapers provide cover, but have the drawback you might find them so interesting you forget to concentrate on the job in hand. Cassette tapes, either music or spoken word, can be the best solution.

    2. Always have plenty of spare cash with you so that you don t risk waiting for change when you need to get somewhere quickly. Take plenty of banknotes, too, in case you want to buy information or bribe your way out of an awkward situation.

    3. An investigator’s best ally is a good lawyer. In good times he (or she) can be a steady source of work and practical day to day help, and in bad times e.g. when you are accused of breaking the law he may be able to offer support and legal representation. It can make sense to initiate a straightforward barter arrangement where parties exchange advice and skills in line with a simple debit/credit running total. Obviously, before trying to set up such an arrangement, ensure you like and feel comfortable with the solicitor concerned.

    4. Similarly, it pays to get on the right side of the local police. PIs who are former officers will have an advantage here, of course. Although officially to the police you are simply just another member of the public, as they get to know and (hopefully) respect you, they may sometimes be willing to pass on the benefit of their knowledge and experience. Despite the prickly relationship between the police and private investigators often depicted in TV dramas, much of the time your interests will coincide, and it s therefore in everyone’s interests to co operate. In addition, the police themselves sometimes engage private investigators another reason to establish a good working relationship with them.

    5. Perhaps more controversially, it can also help to have contacts on the other side of the law. One PI who specializes in security work says his best friend is a convicted housebreaker who points out weak spots in properties which burglars could benefit from, reveals the latest word on the street , and much more. Obviously it is wrong to fraternize with known criminals for dubious purposes, but sometimes their professional expertise can be undeniably helpful.

    6. While they will never entirely replace cameras, a camcorder can be a useful tool for a PI to possess. They can be used for a wide range of purposes, from gathering evidence in a divorce case to taking pictures of a child, believed to have been abducted, for the mother to identify. Modern camcorders are little larger than ordinary cameras. They can be concealed beneath a coat or in a handbag and brought out to be used without attracting undue attention. You might also consider having one fitted in your car. As well as gathering evidence, a camcorder here can provide useful information that isn t always obvious to the naked eye. It is also invaluable if you are driving but still want to keep a permanent eye on your subject.

    7. Another tool well worth the modest investment required is a pocket torch or flashlight. This is obviously essential when working at night or in darkened rooms. A compact model will do, but always have plenty of back up batteries on hand. As well as providing illumination, a flashlight can be used to dazzle an assailant or even in the last resort as a weapon. Some have built in defence mechanisms such as sirens and sprays designed to immobilise an attacker.

    8. Like private individuals, the investigator can use reasonable force in some instances, such as when threatened or to safeguard other people whose lives and property are endangered. The force must be appropriate to the degree of danger and its imminence, however. So if you are hired to watch for trespassers over a piece of land it might be acceptable to approach and warn such individuals, but it will almost certainly be wrong to threaten violence against them.

    9. Libel and slander laws cover the investigator as much as any other private individual and must be considered at all times, both in verbal and written communications. Be sure of the accuracy of everything you say, do and write.

    10. Remember that, while a degree of subterfuge may be necessary from time to time, you should always aim to remain on the right side of the law. One thing you should never do is impersonate a police officer, as this is always illegal and regarded as a serious offence.

    Mark Gustaffson is the author of the Professional Private Investigator Course from Maple Academy (UK), a leading correspondence course in this field. For more information, see http://www.mapleacademy.com/maple.nsf/Courses/Professional+Private+Investigator+Course

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  3. I feel vindicated by reading Aleksandar’s account of events. It saddens me immensely as your description is correct.My husband sustained a head-injury through no fault of his own, due to an unfair ACCS, Allianz, and Work-safe decision-duty of care is not an issue in these organisations as they are not a “helping or caring field” but unfortunately they employ a culture of sabortage, and corruption. Note: Work-Safe was formerly called/traded as Work-Cover: covered their own asses on that front, that is why they changed their name. Mind you, it is a decision that would have cost a fortune to instigate, anything but to pay the poor victims of their illegal tactics. KEEP UP THE GOOD HOLY FIGHT! LET’S TAKE STRENGTH FROM EACH OTHER. DONT LET THE
    BASTARDS/DEVILS GET YOU DOWN, BE A SOLDIER AND GET RIGHT BACK-UP (Although there should be no war in this day and age- so please do not take offense to that term, these poor, brain-washed people should be on home ground, defending their own home-land and helping refugees, victims of war, and our beautiful Kooories. SAY SORRY JOHNNY HOWARD! Want to see censorship in action, when I shouted this out to Steve Bracks at theDandenong Market a few years ago “to bring our boys and girls back home”. They censored that on the news. So much for FREEDOM OF SPEECH. PLEASE SUPPORT CAMPAIGNS FOR A ROYAL COMMISSION INTO WORK-COVER CORRUPTION. These organisations obviously do not believe in KARMA.

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    Dijana. Milovanovic December 2, 2014 at 9:35 pm
  4. An IME in New South Whales (NSW) videoed an injured worker in his waiting room. This was without the injured worker’s consent. The IME then allegedly used the video to prove the injured worker’s range of movement was different to the actual medical examination.

    The question we have is: Can an IME video a client (injured worker) in a waiting room without consent in NSW?
    Is it a public space or was this a breach of privacy?

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