Friday the 23rd of March was a very special day for Lisa. She woke up thinking it was just going to be an ordinary day, which unfortunately, due to her circumstances, isn’t very pleasant. The last thing she was expecting was to have the famous Erin Brockovich turn up on her doorstep….
As you know, Erin Brockovich, our hero and supporter, personally visited Workcover Victim on 23 March 2012. In this exclusive home video, Erin Brockovich and Workcover Victim also discuss the “risks” of blogging when an injured worker is on workcover. In particular, we discuss the twisted and dirty tactic used by many workcover insurance companies to “prove” that an severely injured worker is “capable of working” if they are “capable of blogging”!
Yesterday we received a package in the mail from from Matthew White at Shine Lawyers, who accompanied Erin Brockovich on her personal visit to Workcover Victim. The package not only included a signed and dedicated copy of Erin Brockovich’s famous movie, but also a copy of the high resolution version of the surprise visit’s moment as well as some pretty good pictures from Erin’s visit.
Erin Brockovich visit to Workcover Victim – more pictures
As I said, I kept touching Erin to make sure she was real and I wasn’t just dreaming 😉
This is Bobby, my 1 year old eclectus male parrot, who was quite frankly besotted with Erin Brockovich!
Discussing the dirty tactics of workcover insurers in Australia… Bindi – my 2 year old eclectus female parrot was listening in 😉
Note that Erin Brockovich is so down to earth that she chose to sit next to me on my day bed! That “elephant” on the left is used by me as a support pillow to prevent my shoulder of dislocating backwards when I lie down! It’s very good cos it’s got these “legs” that I can put exactly in the right places (like just behind the shoulder blade etc)… took me ages to find something suitable and not too ugly 😉
I have been wearing this sling for about 7 years now! And full-time for the past two years (24/7)!
Bindi couldn’t wait to get onto Erin’s shoulder! Did I tell you that Erin let her have some coffee out of her very own cuppa? She loves parrots. She had three African Grey parrots. Bindi loves being kissed on the belly! In fact Erin told me this really funny story where she kept on of her Africn Greys in her bedroom when she was still married… and we were talking about how well parrots mimic sounds… lol 😉
Erin also brought me some very yummy chocolate cake and then fed Bobby some – he loves nothing more than sweet stuff! Bindi is more into savoury and junk food like chips, pizza and spaghetti!
Me, Erin, Tony (my defacto) and Claire (my lawyer’s brilliant assistant).
Thank you Matt for the great pictures and oh Boy what an unforgettable day it was!
Erin Brockovich’s name has been made world famous by Hollywood, but she is the type of woman who had and would have achieved greatness regardless of movie star attention. Steve Austin (ABC radio Brisbane) spoke to Erin Brockovich. He began by asking her if she had a “special friend” in Australia?!
Erin Brockovich radio interview
Please take a moment to listen to this great and inspiring interview/chat with Erin Brockovich… It starts with Steve Austin asking her whether she has a special friend in Australia… Erin says she is married to the community, to the people… and some of her very special “squeezes” include the Great Barrier Reef…
Just hearing Erin’s voice gives me goosebumps all over again…
Erin Brockovich surprises workcover victim at their home in Melbourne. As aired on Shine Lawyer’s Facebook page, “This very special client has been through a tough time and this was her reaction…”
Erin Brockovich’s surprise visit captured on video – WTF!
Oh my, I am rather embarrassed and that’s an understatement! Thanks God I did NOT FAINT and, although I was in so much shock that I did not even recogise Claire, my Lawyer’s assistant, at least I recognized Erin brockovich, as she has been my life long HERO!
I asked for her autograph only, but Erin Brockovich left me a wonderful and powerful note instead!
You are a warrior says Erin Brockovich
Needless to say that the note will be professionally framed, together with some awesome pictures of Erin, as it is my wish to hang it above my bed, so that I can read Erin Brockovich’s inspiring and powerful words every night before going to sleep and every morning before getting up… so that I keep KICKING BUTT!
It will become my mantra and I hope it will become YOURS as well 😉
Read more about Erin Brockovich’s phylosophy >>
Holy cow, yesterday, the real and famously known environmental crusader, Erin Brockovich, paid a surprise visit to the seriously injured (and opinionated) kick-starter of aworkcovervictimsdiary.com, here in Melbourne, Australia…who is still trying to recover from the shock of it! In fact Erin Brockovich rendered me speechless for 24 hours!
Erin Brockovich visits injured worker in Australia
Hear, say or see the name Erin Brockovich and you think, strong, tough, stubborn, sexy, inspiration, confidence, HERO. Erin is all that and so much more!
She is a modern-day “David” who loves a good brawl with today’s “Goliaths”.
She thrives on being the voice for those who don’t know how to yell (as in scream out loud)!
She is a rebel. She is a fighter. She is a Warrior. She is a mother. She is a woman. She is drop dead gorgeous. Very down o earth and very easy to talk too. She oozes power and confidence. She is warm. She is funny, witty, and very smart. She loves parrots, dogs, expresso coffee and chocolate cake. She is also you and me. … And she has set me on FIRE.
Holy sh*t, I am still in shock over Erin Brockovich’s surprise visit at home! In fact I was so shocked when she knocked on my door that I did not even recognise my lawyer’s assistant! I kept pinching myself and must have touched Erin about a hundred times (with permission) to make sure I wasn’t dreaming.
Erin Brockovich was not only interested in my personal injury claim – a rather extraordinary story indeed – but she is also very much interested and impressed in the work I (and my partners in crime) have been doing with aworkcovervictimdsiary.com. (and in Bobby and Bindi, my eclectus parrots who adored her!).
Erin Brockovich’s message is clear and loud and that is that she is shocked that what I have experienced, (and still am experiencing) at the hands of my workcover insurance company. Erin and I (aworkcovervictimsdiary) strongly believe that there is a systemic pattern of misconduct and abuse, which seems to be the “norm” here and that this is unacceptable.
Time to KICK BUTTS
She says there is no need to be afraid and to fear workcover insurance companies and case managers. You are the power! And together we can make the insurance companies very afraid of us!
The fact is that many, if not all workcover insurance companies and their case managers treat us like criminals and in fact by doing so are negligent to the point of putting our very lives at risk. As is made very clear through our blog and its interaction with injured workers, the biggest issue is that YOU are not alone, which ultimately means that a pattern has been established by workcover insurance companies. In the interest of saving big money, insurance companies and their employees turn a blind eye to the treatment of injured people whose care is entrusted in them.
All the while many horrible case managers [and therefore workcover insurance companies] continue to do irreparable damage to you [the injured worker] with no regard for your safety, not to mention to the quality of your life.
Erin and I (workcovervictimsdiary.com) URGE you to share your stories and experiences! Many of you have suffered equal and possibly even worse atrocities at the hands of workcover insurance companies.
Please come forward, don’t be afraid, says Erin. You don’t have to name names, just share your experience. Aworkcovervictimsdiary will gather the evidence, ensure exposure and media coverage – the whole of Australia (and the world) needs to know what is REALLY going on here.
We know the number of injured workers like you and me, who have been ill treated and abused are staggering, probably more staggering than we can possibly imagine, especially as the victims, like you and me- are weak, sick, scared and have been bullied for God knows how long…. making YOU less likely to actually stand-up for YOURSELF.
Power is in numbers, aworkcovervictimsdiary is now giving those of you, previously afraid to speak, a voice!!!
Rest assured Erin Brockovich will be watching what follows with great interest!!
To Erin Brockovich:
You are the best thing that happened to me. You have no idea what you have done to me. Yesterday was the BEST DAY OF MY LIFE. All I can say for now is that you have SET ME ON FIRE and that I am going to “KICK BUTT”!
Erin’s visit was also
published by Shine Lawyer’s on their blog. (no longer available) See our referring article: Erin Brockovich meets an inspiring client
About Erin Brockovich
Erin Brockovich is also the face behind Shine Lawyers, famous for “standing up for the little guy”, now one of Australia’s largest plaintiff litigation firms with offices in Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia. Erin is Shine’s Strategic Consultant.
In fact, Shine Lawyers is a firm who shares Erin Brockovich’s passion for helping people to seek justice when they have been wronged. Erin works with them and she trusts them.
“They have been fighting for Australians for over 30 years and stand up for people’s rights every day. They take this responsibility very seriously and every aspect of their firm is geared toward ensuring their clients have a positive experience and achieve the best possible outcome – in and out of the courtroom.”
Update 20 April 2012
The COS Daily Magazine, a very popular Canadian Occupational Health and Safety on line Magazine published Erin Brockovich’s visit to WorkCover Victim on 20 April 2012 (21 April in AU).
A heartfelt thank you to The COS Daily!
Video clips, more pictures and media coverage will soon be released – stay tuned!