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What are Class Actions really?

We recently received a very insulting message via our tip us off page stating “I think this site is a scandal in itself. If you people were genuine, you’d do everything in your power to help injured workers. I’m still waiting for the class action against workcover nsw. (Seems no one on this site is interested). I think this site is run by workcover….” [extract]. So, let’s address some of these ‘issues’, specifically the issue of class action(s).

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Workcover does not work and does not compensate

Workers’ compensation (aka workcover) was created for two primary purposes—to provide at least partial compensation for lost income and to pay for medical treatment and rehabilitation services for workers injured or made ill on the job. This approach seems to offer a good deal—if it only worked.

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Injured workers forced to jump over hurdles just to be compensated for their loss

Imagine being a hard-working Australian with a family of three or four and a job that perhaps just barely supports them. Now, imagine you are injured at work in an accident or incident and through no fault of your own, or through the sheer negligence of your employer. You are suddenly forced to survive without any income while your employer’s workcover insurance carrier attempts to determine if you were really, really “injured at work.” Hey, it could well be that you suffered from ‘old age’ degeneration, or worse, the insurer may try and blame your injury on a ‘pre-existing’ condition, after all you may have fallen off your rocking horse when you were 5 years old.

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Workers COMPENSATION and nothing else

Our evil system is called workers’ COMPENSATION. It is NOT called workers’ Return to Work nor No-medical-bills-for-amputees or anything else for that matter.

Here’s the dirty bottom line – All the current discussions about Return to Work – especially forcing RTW- have no place in workers’ compensation. In other words RTW (Return to Work) is bullsh*t.  And all ridiculously insulting cessation or capping of payments for medical and like services for permanently INJURED WORKERS is also bovine excrement.

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Injured workers and emotional isolation

Quite some time ago, I wrote on our (old) forum that within the first year of a more serious workplace injury:

  • The injured worker will have become increasingly alienated from co-workers/colleagues and the employer whom they now strongly feel has abandoned him/her
  •  The injured worker’s expectancy that this would be short term medical care has by now been quashed
  • The  injured worker’s relationship with their case manager and his/her own family has increasingly become strained or compromised or even hostile
  • The injured worker has seen multiple providers, sometimes with conflicting goals, and may now have incompatible diagnoses, mainly thanks to the IMEs
  • The injured worker has become concurrently irritable but also both passive and dependent
  • The financial picture has become very bleak  indeed and is only worsening
  • The  injured worker has become sedentary, de-conditioned and unmotivated
  • The  injured worker spends increasing time counter-productively, at times over-medicating, sleeping and some times over-eating
  • The injured worker has become focused upon issues of rights and authorisation of care rather than issues of improvement, which are obstructed by the insurer every step of the way
  • The  injured worker has developed no clear career alternatives, conceived goals or direction
  • The injured worker has become very conflicted as to where to invest trust and hope

Within this first year, the  injured worker has all but established a new personal identity – if any- having literally lost his/her pre-injury identity. Their values and belief systems have been altered, and their belief that they can change the course of their future has been eroded.

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