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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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Workcover insurers withhold, tamper with and falsify medical evidence

We’ve heard it over and over again from countless injured workers: workcover insurance companies are dishonest in the name of profit, period. One such a tactic is to withhold video evidence of an injured worker – because it supports the level of impairment reported!

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Injured worker fraud least costly of all workers compensation fraud

Returning to the oh-so-irritable topic of injured workers (employees) fraud, fact is that many “media” websites and news papers, magazines  (i.e Tabloids), and even WorkCover Authorities and their insurer Agents website’s and at time even politician’s “media releases” always seem to portray, fuss about, exaggerate or even rank injured worker fraud as the top costliest, vilest and most rampant fraud in workers’ compensation system.

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A permanent committee looking at senior ministers in the O Farrell government, this could be a start

I just read the story titled “O’Farrell in shooters’ sights for putting them on a leash ”  in the Sydney Morning Herald and it could have implications for disgraced Greg Pearce in NSW. It is strictly political and not directly related to Workers Compensation. However, I just thought you might be interested in what is coming – a permanent committee looking at senior ministers in the O Farrell government, this could be a start!

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QBE workcover Case Manager jailed for processing K165 fraudulent claims

We don’t hear or see it often, but it surely happens more than you think – here is another , well hidden case of a recent workcover case manager, who worked for QBE in NSW, who was jailed for processing fraudulent claims in the sum of $164,466.07. Shame on you!

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New firefighters compensation Panel a cynical bid to kill off laws

Further to our article titled “New Panel to consider compensation for firefighters” whereby the Victorian State Government has recently announced that a “specialist panel” will be created to consider claims for compensation from firefighters who have contracted cancer as a result of their employment, it has come to our attention that this “Panel” has been described as a cynical bid to kill off laws acknowledging the link between firefighting and cancer.

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Unfair Claims Handling Practices in Workcover Insurance – No tortious Duty of Good Faith

Workcover insurers have no common law good faith duties. Australia does not recognise the tort of acting in bad faith.  Further, there is no term implied in a workers compensation insurance contract that the insurer must act in good faith….and that, folks, is one of the biggest problems injured workers have.

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