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The first year after a medium to severe workplace injury

Further to John McPhilbin’s article about the Cycle of Despair, the model that we  all believe offers a fairly accurate representation of what many injured workers are forced to endure in the dysfunctional workers compensation system, I’d like to briefly resummarise an article we posted on our forum about what a medium to severe injured worker typically undergoes and how they are affected within the first year(s) after a workplace injury.

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Workcover insurance companies cheat injured workers out of travel costs

A bright forum member thought it would be interesting to find out if different workcover  insurance companies pay different rates for travel allowance and even more interesting if it varies from state to state. Well, you would be surprised to know that – again- we are being ripped off by our insurance companies and the biggest cheater is Xchanging!

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Fighting workcover and with an unsupportive spouse – what to do?

Let’s face it, workcover victims often face – and fight- battles [and wars] on multiple fronts. You have to fight and battle with your workcover case manager and with your employer. Injured workers also need to fight with their own body to try and heal, they often need to fight with their doctors and go on a war path with so called independent medical examiners. Hell, you may even find yourself fighting with complete strangers who sadly believe you are just “milking the system”. At the end of all that fighting you’re just drained and the last thing you need is to fight and bicker with your own friends, family and spouse!

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More about WorkCover Independent Medical Examination (IME) and how to protect yourself

Most the Independent medical examination doctors are nothing more than medical whores

It is an unfortunate fact of life that medical whores exist, and in alarming abundance. They are an embarrassment to the profession and should be routed from it; yet, they are not. They are, of course, the spawn of workcover insurance companies.

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The nature and the consequences of stigma experienced by injured workers

What is a stigma?

The stigmatised individual is seen to be a person who possesses an “undesirable difference”. Society develops ideas on what constitutes”difference” or “deviance”. (Goffman, 1963).

A stigma is linked to social inequality. It causes some groups to be devalued as it were, and others to feel that they are superior in some way.

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