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Tom
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Hi there, I respect your efforts in this area. If you haven’t already done so we (those of us who are survivors of this systematic abuse by WorkCove Insurance Agents) need to come together and work collectively to end this systematic abuse. If we can present a united front we could potentially bring class actions against the Insurance Agents for Unconscionable Conduct. Possibly the Victorian WorkCover Authority and the Victorian Government as well. At the very least some of us with experience could act as advocates, McKenzie Friends, support people etc. Another avenue in Victoria is have your say via… Read more »
Jay
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I truly wish I’d known of the complaints process years ago. After 4 years of dealing with all of the IME’s and having the insurer send IME reports to treating doctors I felt I was never going to be treated for my injuries properly and took a DIY approach. I amputated my own leg to relieve the pain. Nearly 2 1/2 years post self amputation I am able to do more and take less medication. Although I am still unable to get back to work, I don’t want to end my life anymore. I told the psychiatrist IME about 8… Read more »
Tom
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I look forward to hearing from you.

Tom

WorkcoverVictim
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Tip from an injured worker which I am passing on: I just want to say to anyone who has had to deal with a dodgy IME, REPORT THEM! If you are in QLD like me, report to Office of Health Ombudsman (OHO). In my case , my complaint was handed over to Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Authority (AHPRA) . An IME is not allowed to comment outside of thier expertise, e.g. If your IME examines you for a back condition and says you have psycho-social issue preventing you from recovery and that particular IME is not a psychologist…. REPORT THEM!
WorkcoverVictim
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@Tom, definitely interested in talking more privately about this. I will contact you over the weekend via email (you can also contact me via contact form), and will discuss with a couple of great lawyers as well. Surely there must be something that we can do collectively.

Tom
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If you would like to communicate more privately on this topic, you are welcome to contact me directly via direct email.

Tom

Tom
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I hear you. I believe the way to overcome come this. It is to the Unconscionable Conduct Route via the ACCC (I think it is), and have them investigated. It is Federal not State Government. Basically the Insurance Agents are not being held accountable to their own policies of how people are to be treated. The Lawyers here are part of the Bar Association and therefore part of the “system” and will not go against each other. It is also important to understand (if you don’t already) that whennthe matter gets to Court we are facing the Victorian WorkCover Authorities… Read more »
WorkcoverVictim
Admin

@Tom, I have on many occasions over the years talked to quite a few well positioned lawyers about this issue and about the possibiliy to bring a class action… to date it still seems not feasable. I need to find out the precise reasons… Guess we are against a giant -deep pocketed- insurance company, who will do anything to protect its own, incl favoured rogue IMEs. What a better way to cut genuinely injured workers off their rightful benefits? Especially the long term “low hanging fruit”cases?