You may recall David K’s story, who suffered a back injury from hard shearing work, only to have his workcover claim rejected on the ill-founded basis that he simply suffers from a pre-existing condition.He further adds that we must change the system for both sides (employer and employee) and in a mighty hurry, there are innocent people not only suffering but I imagine dying out there as a result of these people in the current workcover system of authority…
David K’ story
(as posted here)
I am 53 years old , been employed in the wool industry since I was 17 years of age. I shore for 35 years , in the last 28 years I have been a shearing contractor as well as shearing full time , mostly in my own business. My wife has worked along side me as a woolclasser , we have run a p/l company , been employees of this company, always included our wages in our remuneration to workcover , VIC and NSW , we work in both states so advised to have a policy in both.
Two years ago I had my first back incident, battled to walk for 2 months, had injections into my lower back and recovered to a stage to go back to work, also driven by poverty. Last December it came to a sudden halt, severe pain in both feet, numbness in both legs stopped work due to the unbearable pain. Saw my local GP commenced work cover, after a private investigator / independent doctor assessment , one of the rudest persons I have ever encountered, they only accepted partial liability, stopped payments on Feb 20, I only had a minor aggravation of a pre-existing condition and by the insurers knowledge, I had recovered from that. No recourse nothing.
I have since seen a back surgery , had major spinal surgery , never able to return to my previous job, only allowed to go back to as light as possible duties in 12 months time, I have seen 2 workcover specialist solicitors, no or very slim hope of anything from workcover , I am a director and an employee of my company , impossible to prove negligence/ failed in a duty of care due to being under my instructions. We have paid $100,000’s in premiums over the last 25 years , an industry rate of 11% , what a sick joke. We have had little or no income now for 6 months , we see starving children on adds to get money to help them , these bastards in our own country are worse than the powers ‘n control in those countries where these starving children are, they are outright thieves who are lining their own pockets with the millions they collect , if we do 1 thing not acceptable we are fined , massively, and when we are broken beyond repair, are left to perish in full view with little or no hope of any help from anywhere , what a great nation we have. I find it harder each day now to be proud to be an Australian , the Anzac legend is a fading memory today , these gutless/ spineless people in authority would be well and truly in hiding before they could help defend a flea. this must change for the employer and employee, it stinks from both sides.
Workcover-up needs a public groundswell ASAP
David K sent us an email via “share your story” adding the following:
Thank you all for your your comments on my work cover[coverup] experience so far, it is interesting that few employers comment on here , I am an employer who needs employees and over my time as an employer have discovered, a while back too, to get good employees you have to look after them, the better ones of course, but we always follow the rules of the day in regards employing people.
We must change the system for both sides and in a mighty hurry , there are innocent people not only suffering but I imagine dying out there as a result of these people in the current workcover system of authority.
Myself and my wife have spent the last 30 years of our lives out there working with our employees in remote locations operating our shearing contracting business , reared 2 great kids , educated them and seen them graduate from uni and both get good jobs and both are now married to as good a partner as themselves. So we are lucky enough but if this goes on much longer we will lose our home and business , great reward for 30 odd years of hard work all because of a work related injury.
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