A journalist working for a well-known TV Channel is working on a story and came across our site. S/he is looking for teachers that have been assessed by two well known (notorious) IME psychiatrists.
Unfortunately this injured worker’s story and plea for help is a common one for countless injured workers. Once on workers comp for an extended period of time a stigma is automatically attached and injured workers are often viewed as liabilities best avoided by too many employers….
We recently received an email from a QLD-based seriously injured worker, who after recently having undergone a total, dominant titanium shoulder replacement, after a work related accident had his/her workcover file closed, even though the workcover IMEs (and his/her own treating specialists) have deemed the injured worker’s injury not stable/stationary as yet, and as such the injured worker is not able to undergo a permanent impairment assessment as yet (which undoubtedly will score high enough to be deemed “seriously injured”). In Victoria, for example, we do know that a total shoulder replacement automatically scores 30% WPI (plus any % for residual incapacity such as loss of function, movement etc.)
We received the following heartbreaking story from injured worker “Defeated”, and are hopeful that many of our readers can offer some advice and comfort to this immensely suffering person.
A Western Australian injured worker (“S’) has been brave enough to share his workcover WA ordeal with us. He has currently lost all purpose and joy in his life, after his workcover WA insurer has denied his required (second) back surgery. The injured worker believes that the surgery may have been denied because he has undergone a permanent impairment assessment (at the advice of his lawyer), however he has not settled his case (yet). Any advise, help or guidance would be greatly appreciated.