It has just come to my attention that a Victorian Injured worker was asked to undergo an independent medical examination in Melbourne CBD, BUT with an independent medical examiner that was flown in from QLD! The best medical specialists are in Melbourne, so why the need to fly one in?
We recently recieved the following testimonial / story from a Victorian Injured Worker, via our Contact form. Not only has this injured worker come to the realisation that being on workcover is, indeed, a nightmare; but s/he also praises aworkcovervictimsdiary.com which helped her/him understand that s/he is definitely not alone.
Further to R’s recent comment, here is a little more information about pre-existing injuries/illnesses and job interviews. Unfortunately, many injured workers know how hard it can be to find a new job after having suffered a workplace injury/illness. It actually feels like we are labelled with a sticker on our foreheads stating “contagious” or something like that! Really! A prospective employer can seek information during an interview provided the questions are relevant to the ability of the job applicant to perform the inherent requirements of the job.
Nothing seems to have changed! Following the announcement that the Victorian Ombudsman will conduct another review in the the VIC Workcover system, comes the recent announcement from The NSW Business Chamber calling on the NSW Treasurer to commission an urgent review of the NSW Workers Compensation system.
In 2016 the Victorian ombudsman conducted an investigation into the workcover insurers’handing of workcover claims. The findings were scathing. In particularly the Ombudsman found that Victoria’s workers compensation scheme had failed some particularly vulnerable people. It has now come to our attention that the Vic Ombudsman is to re-investigate insurers’ handling of workers compensation claims and WorkSafe oversight.
We’ve heard it a lot : “my workcover case manager calls me and appears to want to look after me”, “my case manager is super friendly..”… ” my workcover insurance case manager will take good care of me”. WRONG! Workcover insurance case managers are not your “good neighbour”, you are NOT in good hands, and they are certainly not your friend (even if they pretend to be)!