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?
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.
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)!
A very good question indeed! Is there any colourable reason to forbid an injured worker (or anyone else for that matter) to video tape or record an independent medical examiniation (IME)…., other than the fact that an IME (an insurance doctor really) may no longer be able to claim s/he did a 30 minute examination of the injured worker when it actually lasted four minutes and 7 seconds? And that /she may not be able to say certain medical tests were done if they weren’t done? Does this mean someone is afraid of taking away yet another opportunity to actually commit fraud on the courts?
Following an earlier post about “inconsitencies” and the sad truth that workcover will also “Google”you“, I “Googled” some workcover-related articles in the media and bumped on the following interesting story, which was featured on ABC News last year. In this story an injured prison officer said doctors, selected by WorkSafe insurance agents, lied and falsely claimed she had been a rodeo rider in an attempt to save the compensation regulator money. “It’s not even the words I used. I said I had been involved in the rodeo association. I haven’t even ridden a bronco or a bull,” she said.
Sounds familiar? Bet it does!!!
Did you know that the success of your work injury case also depends on your credibility. That is: that you are honest, are being trusted and believed in, in what you say and…do. This is especially true when you have an injury that is not (very) visible to the naked eye; for example a heart condition, a psychological injury, and even a back injury. So what you say and do, and whether you are believed is extremely important as this can make you win or loose your case.
Hi everyone ,
I would like to share my experience with private investigators tactics .
I had 3 major back operations and currently I am unable to walk or stand without support.
So most of the time I used to stay in car when our family is going out to the parks or shopping centres for short time. I always was careful if there are any cars following us.
But few times I have noticed where ever we were going a same car used to reach exactly after 15 -20mins I was wondering how can someone always reach after that much time difference even there was no car I could see to a very long distance.
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This is for all people who have, or have had, a Workers Compensation Claim, in Western Australia, whose employer is insured & whose Insurer supposedly “disputes” liability, yet has NOT issued a statutory regulations form 3B-Insurers Notice That Liability Is Disputed (pursuant to s57A (3)(B) of the WCIMA, W.A.).
The first thing you should know is this…
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As an Occupational Therapist and approved provider for TAC and Worksafe to perform Home Assessments, I was interested to read somewhere in your forum(can’t find it again) the opinion that OT’s were biased towards the insurer.
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Does anyone know more info that could assist me with the below?
My Worker’s Compensation Claim for Stress leave due to bullying and harressment i was foprced to endure has been accepted s of the 14th of July for weekly payments and reimbursements.