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?
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!!!
Claiming compensation for psychological injury can be very difficult and challenging.
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?
If you are a teacher and have been bullied, there is support available. We were contacted a few days ago by the Bullied Teachers Support Network, and are more than happy to share this useful resource.
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.
Hi everyone ,
I would like to share my experience with private investigators tactics .
I had 3 major back operations and currently I am unable to walk or stand without support.
So most of the time I used to stay in car when our family is going out to the parks or shopping centres for short time. I always was careful if there are any cars following us.
But few times I have noticed where ever we were going a same car used to reach exactly after 15 -20mins I was wondering how can someone always reach after that much time difference even there was no car I could see to a very long distance.
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.”
Australia has 11 workers’ compensation systems. It’s high time we published an updated comparison of -at least- each of the 8 Australian States & Territories systems, for ease of reference.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released a report on work injuries from July 2017 to June 2018 whic h shows that th number of of injured workers receiving financial assistance and workers compensation has dramatically decreased.