The Daily Telegraph has uncovered that the appointment of Paul John Gregory, a lawyer who was sentenced to two years imprisonment for tax fraud in 2010, as WIRO’s Implementation Director is part of a string of apparent “jobs for the boys” appointments involving Mr Garling.
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!
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.
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!
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!
SACKED Finance Minister Greg Pearce’s hand-picked $300,000 a year WorkCover Review (WIRO) executive Kim Garling racked up a $15,000 taxpayer-funded bill on a trip to the US within months of taking the job – and has just two serious complaints to consider at present.
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.
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.
A real shocker in today’s The Australian Financial Review! WorkSafe Victoria (WorkCover Vic) is now rejecting workers’ compensation claims at more than twice the rate of its counterpart in NSW WorkCover, amongst other things exposed in the article. God help the Victorian injured workers!
Who judges the judges when one of their own is involved in a legal stoush? A good question posed and explored by Today Tonight Adelaide, covering the predicament facing injured worker Alex Mericka.