We refer back to a recent question posed by “Blossom” regarding carpal tunnel syndrome and workcover. Unfortunately it appears that it is not straight forward to blame Carpal Tunnel Syndrome on work-related activities.
You may not realise it, but at the time of your workplace accident(or illness) you actually enter a war zone. And that war is between you and the workcover insurance company.
Injured or ill workers deserve good medical care, rehabilitation, as well as compensation for permanent injury. Unfortunately more and more doctors are shying away from treating patients in the workers’ compensation system, They should not but they should be aware of how the work-over system works.
In this post, we highlight the top five common mistakes injured workers make during the life of their workcover claim.
Workcover and the TAC are as good as identical , they are both maximally litigious unethical Government agencies who victimise those involved in road accidents or work injuries through various processes of bullying, incompetence, stalling, unnecessary administrative processes, bureaucracy and systemic corrupt practices.
Take for example, the following legal TAC case, whereby the insurer (Suncorp, aka GIO in the workers compensation world) tried to deny liability for a car accident victim by basically stating he self-inflicted his brain injury because he drove a “rust bucket” – nice one!
Almost on a daily basis we receive emails from genuinely injured workers who have had their legitimate claims DENIED by their workcover insurers,without much explanation other that “we don’t believe you did it at work”.
Further to the horrendous story highlighting the importance of knowing your rights when it comes to all things workcover. That you need to stand up for yourself, learn to say “no”, not be intimidated, pressurized, bullied or threatened when it comes to lodging a workcover claim, being forced to return to work prematurely or in the most unsuitable duties, whether by your boss, case manager, rehabber or even doctor; and further to the sad but true fact that many injured workers are reluctant to file a workcover claim, because they feel that they would be seen as suing their bosses, and others are afraid of reprisals; the following article explains what you can do if your employer encourages you not to lodge a WorkCover claim.
How often have we heard about injured workers who are reluctant to file a workcover claim? Most feel that they would be seen as suing their bosses, others are afraid of reprisals.
You may recall a recent comment made on our “I need help” page, whereby an injured worker stated “While working in a factory I sustained a wrist injury and left work because I couldn’t continue my current duties. I didn’t contact Work Cover at the time because I didn’t even know what Work Cover stood for as a company….”. In fact we often receive emails from injured workers who did not lodge a workcover claim because they’re simply unaware the “system” exists, and who – subsequently- are wondering if they can still lodge their claim, even though their injury may be months or years old.
The workcover system was basically designed to be non-adversarial and for the defendants (that is: the workcover insurer) to properly and honestly pay compensable workcover claims without forcing the injured worker to jump through needless hoops, such as being doctor-shopped (being sent repeatedly and unreasonably to countless independent medical exams; or file for hearings (i.e. conciliation, arbitration etc) when legitimate benefits are delayed or denied.