Injured worker attempt to set himself alight at QBE
A couple of days ago, Newcastle (NSW) newspapers reported that a man, who later was identified as an injured worker with a claim with QBE, had set himself alight in the offices of workcover insurer QBE. The man has been airlifted to a Sydney burns unit in a serious condition.
All we can say is that we UNDERSTAND why some injured workers act violently, even though we DON’T endorse it.
The sad reality is that many genuinely injured workers— whose emotions inevitably run hot and whose future it at stake—are treated extremely poorly by their workcover insurers and their various stakeholders, such as IME’s, case managers, rehabbers, their employers etc, AND the work-over system, often resulting in extremely unfair and utterly insulting ‘decisions’, delays in treatment, denials of medical care or weekly pay, biased IME reports, etc. all resulting in loss (i.e. loss of weekly pay, loss of medical and like etc), damage (i.e. common law claim, and psych injury), hurt, humiliation… and… yep, utter RAGE.