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Aggravated work injury, hence a little less activity on blog

I recently, and again, took a little break from blogging that was not planned. I specify not planned because I had more blog posts planned than could be published.  Although my (and your) body without you realising or wanting to pay attention to it, really does need breaks, this time mine came in the form of nasty dislocation of my total reverse shoulder prosthetic which obviously affects the one thing bloggers and pretty much everyone needs, your hands and arms!

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Worker lies about medical history, can they be sacked?

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.

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Vic Ombudsman to re-investigate insurers’ handling of workers compensation claims

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.

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Your Workcover Case Manager will NOT take care of you

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)!

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Why would taking video of an IME doing an exam not be allowed?

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?

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Doctors ‘lied’ to save money, injured worker claims

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!!!

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