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.
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.
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.
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.
South Australia’s workers compensation legislation treats psychiatric and physical injuries very differently. More so than many other parts of Australia, according to the Law Report on ABC 7 August 2018. Continue Reading…