Diary of a workcover victimWere you injured at work? So was I! I became a disposable inconvenience because I was injured at work!
Why is this site so important?
Someday you or a loved one may be face to face with the WorkCover system and their Illegal activities, knowledge is your best defence. This site will help you navigate through the murky waters of the workers compensation system, and whilst my experience with workcover occurred in Victoria (Australia), I sincerely believe that it crosses all states and even borders with respect to the insane challenges and nightmares that a workplace injury can create, within any workers compensation framework or scheme that I am aware of.
My message to injured workers (and their supporters)
My message is simple and that is that you have to do your own research into the workers compensation laws relevant in your state or country; you really need to keep well informed and remember at all times that people advising or assisting you are most often not working in you best interest.
From my own experience I found that “mistakes” and “oversights” occur all the time. Like you, when I was first injured at work I did not know my rights – they were certainly never given to me by my workcover insurer, and I was and am treated with utter contempt and disrespect by my workcover insurance company, and also by my (now former) employer.Knowledge is your only power!
A Diary of a WorkCover Victim- kick-started by seriously injured “Workcovervictim” in August 2011- has been designed and developed by a bunch of seriously injured workcover victims (and their families) who have-unfortunately- been dealing with the real workcover for too many years…
This site was born out of my sheer frustration, anger and grief regarding the workcover system where all is not made clear, where the waters are very murky, and when the chips are down, the very people who are responsible for duty of care and support simply choose to ignore you, the injured worker. Remember all stakeholders (i.e. independent medical doctor; insurance doctor; rehab service providers etc. are accountable to and will perform in a way to please the hand that feeds them – yes, it is all about money.
I hope this site, our and many other injured workers’ stories will somehow help other injured workers navigating the murky waters of the workcover system, and , at the very least, be extremely diligent in finding out their legitimate rights, always questioning the “system” in order to keep some sort of control within the workcover system.The workers compensation is – in my opinion- extremely adversarial and they use tactics to wear you down, to make you emotionally bleed out, to break you, all in order to weaken your position and to maximise their insane profits.
Because I had been seriously injured at work, I have – like you- become the “suspect” and the “enemy”. My own experience has thought me to fully distrust the insurance company or the case manager – their attitudes and behaviours has led me to realise that “humanity” is something that is not exercised nor understood by them.
Even though liability was accepted for my injury, I was and am still treated (like you) as guilty and with suspicion. So I knew (an you will learn) that it was and is up to me (you) to protect yourself and to treat everybody with suspicion and distrust in return. No one is there for my or your protection; except my/your lawyer!
In a workcover situation it is my experience and opinion that injured workers are treated as guilty by all parties – which is insane, given that in Australia even the worst criminals are afforded the right of being innocent until proven guilty.I continue to try to hold it together and to be strong and I will continue to stand up for our injured workers’ rights and will not be beaten.
A workcover victims diary is supported by Erin Brockovich
On 23 March 2012, Erin Brockovich, personally visited the kick-starter of aworkcovervictimsdiary.com. Erin was moved with the kick starter’s personal and most extraordinary work injury, and unimaginable ill-treatments received at the hands of the workcover insurance company, but she was also – and more importantly – most impressed with the work done by aworkcovervictimsdiary.com!
Aims of this blog:
- To provide information, education and referral advice for injured workcover victims. Knowledge is our only defense!
- To share my own experience with the adversarial workers compensation system – it’s all about money, their great motivator
- To facilitate sharing of experiences of injured workcover victims
- To expose the workcover insurer frauds, scams and dirty tactics – every trick in the book to trip you up, or make you say or do something that they can use against you
- To exchange and share useful tips and tricks with fellow workcover victims
- To offer a place where injured workcover victims (and TAC victims) are welcome, loved, respected, understood and where they can find a sense of belonging; a place where they can speak their minds, seek and offer support and where they can hopefully find a little comfort, a bit of a laugh, a dose of courage and some strength to continue their endless battles for their lawful entitlements, so often wrongfully denied
- To advocate improved rights and benefits for injured workcover victims
- To be the VOICE of injured workers
- To offer a bit of a “venting” place for those injured workers, who – like me – are sick and tired and frustrated with the whole, unfair, hair-raising, mind-numbing, rotten workcover system
- To empower you to stand up for your rights and to not put up with any crap from anybody!
- Help you to be diligent and to remember at all times to exert “due diligence” throughout your workcover ordeal
- To help you not to be entrapped by anyone (case manager, IME etc).
- To show and teach you that you are not alone and that you are not powerless – to make you aware of your rights and help you flaunt them – here lies your power
- TO KICK BUTT TOGETHER!
Whilst we do our very best to source and provide accurate information, all the information provided in this blog should, under no circumstances, be substituted for professional legal advice! Also, unless specifically stated, the posts and articles in this blog refer to the Victorian (Australian) relevant workers compensation and related laws only. The relevant laws are different in every state, so it is important that you seek up-to-date information about the relevant legislation in your state.
The opinions in this blog are of course solely my and my co-authors own
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