While any workcover settlement (or closure of claim) does NOT take an injured worker’s pain and/or disability away; once the injured worker feels that s/he is no longer imprisoned and under constant scrutiny by the work-over system, there is then room for “living”. There is nothing like experiencing freedom from being surveilled, judged, made accountable, having to comply with directives from insurance vultures and…from being treated like vermin.
Settlement of a workcover claim can liberate the injured worker
Have you ever thought of this: When, for example, we watch a friend or relative die a slow and agonising death, we often think or say that we (I/you) would never want go through that. And that we would simply refuse the care (such as chemotherapy) and just accept that this is the end. Some of us vow to ‘end it’ instead of dying a painful and slow death.
Arguably we often have the same feelings when we watch a more seriously injured worker go through prolonged (and delayed) and agonising care – care that needs to be fought for over and over again – all the while being treated like ‘vermin’ by the workcover insurance company.
The question is: is there any sense in suffering or prolonging your suffering when you already know the probable outcome. Death in the worst case scenario, or crippled and in pain for the rest of our life?
While most of us would like to believe that we would not want through a slow, painful death, or live a very painful, crippled, or even paralysed life; this believe is (most often) erroneous.
Recently my elderly neighbour was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. When he first received the dreadful news, he vowed he would never ever have chemotherapy and just let nature take it’s course, preferably fast. He had watched 2 of his relatives die a slow, agonising cancer death and refused to die that way.
Even the most seemingly resolved patient, or injured worker for that matter, will make desperate attempts to defy the odds, and will elect to suffer enormously, and be hopeful that some fragment of life can be experienced before the end.
Our fear of the end of life far exceeds our fear of suffering
For those (seriously) injured workers from whom aworkcovervictimsdiary has received follow-up, their life after injury…or in this case `life after workcover insurance settlement’ is not as they would have anticipated. Most injured workers expected to physically and psychologically suffer after settlement or closure of their claim . Most also believed that this suffering would be to intolerable and unavoidable. At the end of the day, no amount of settlement monies (compensation) can bring back your life as you once knew it.
Many seriously injured workers believe that there is nothing after a workcover settlement with which they can create a life that allows for their pain and permanent limitations. There is no job, no return to any work, there is no (or not much) social existence that accommodates for their suffering.
However, regardless of pain and functional/mental limitations, fact is the seriously injured worker will ultimately find some capacity to find “meaning” in their existence or life. They will find ways of ‘keeping busy’, feeling a degree of productivity and most will re-establish relationships or find new friends.
This former entrapped workcovervictim may now experience freedom from being observed, surveilled, judged, made accountable, being told what to do and what not etc. They are now free to live outside the extremely constricted world of the injured worker where there are so few options, and where there is no freedom.
Settlement does not resolve pain or disability, but it can liberate the injured worker