Archive | 2018

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Why would taking video of an IME doing an exam not be allowed?

A very good question indeed! Is there any colourable reason to forbid an injured worker (or anyone else for that matter) to video tape or record an independent medical examiniation (IME)…., other than the fact that an IME (an insurance doctor really) may no longer be able to claim s/he did a 30 minute examination of the injured worker when it actually lasted four minutes and 7 seconds? And that /she may not be able to say certain medical tests were done if they weren’t done? Does this mean someone is afraid of taking away yet another opportunity to actually commit  fraud on the courts?

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Doctors ‘lied’ to save money, injured worker claims

Following an earlier post about “inconsitencies” and the sad truth that workcover will also “Google”you“,  I  “Googled” some workcover-related articles in the media and bumped on the following interesting story, which was featured on ABC News last year. In this story an injured prison officer said  doctors, selected by WorkSafe insurance agents, lied and falsely claimed she had been a rodeo rider in an attempt to save the compensation regulator money. “It’s not even the words I used. I said I had been involved in the rodeo association. I haven’t even ridden a bronco or a bull,” she said.

Sounds familiar? Bet it does!!!

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Duty to mitigate your loss – very important in workcover cases

We have written about it many times  (see for example “Mitigation of Damages“), but perhaps it’s time to re-highlight that an injured person who makes a claim for compensation is actually required to take all reasonable steps to mitigate his or her loss. So what does this actually mean?

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Workcover et al may Google YOU too!

Did you know that the success of your work injury case also depends on your credibility. That is: that you are honest, are being trusted and believed in, in what you say and…do. This is especially true when you have an injury that is not (very) visible to the naked eye; for example a heart condition, a psychological injury, and even a back injury. So what you say and do, and whether you are believed is extremely important as this can make you win or loose your case.

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I was a private investigator, spying for insurance companies

Surveillance of injured workers  (and other claimants) is still rife and not (often) justified either, according to a very recent article on ABC News.

“In each case, I’d ask the claims officer what prompted the decision to track this claimant. Often the reasons were quite subjective.

“Her tone of voice last time we spoke was really suss,” one manager told me.

“I just get the sense there’s something dodgy about him,” said another.

Sometimes the only reason given was that the claim was taking a long time and was expensive. Surveillance was regularly ordered without evidence of a problem.”

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