Understandably, when a worker is injured (or sick) and when their condition is affecting their ability or capacity to work, they must provide their employer (and workcover) with a “certificate of capacity” from their treating doctor or care provider, such as a physiotherapist, every 28 days (unless special permission given by their insurer to provide [...]
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aworkcovervictimsdiary received a shocking email from an injured worker last night, whose employer (a large public hospital) insisted that the injured worker’s “return to work coordinator” be allowed to attend the injured worker’s medical appointment with his specialist orthopedic surgeon, in order “to clarify” the injured worker’s “current fitness for work” status with the surgeon! [...]
A Game For Injured Workers And Their Supporters It’s Called: Whispering Up A Storm In the Workover Here’s a way you can spend 15 minutes on line, getting really angry, vent mightily while acting empowered and whispering in the Workover. It’s based on the idea that many whispers will grow into a storm [...]
Further to “Jax” question asking whether work (or workcover) is liable to pay his weekly payments, now that he has resigned from his job, we trolled our books and the web to find an answer, with an explanation. Well, ahum, the “bad’ news is that resigning from your job with your pre-injury employer “for reasons [...]
When It’s In The Workover, Bullying can be Masked as Incompetence. At the moment, I’m engaged in a struggle with my Claims Management over my FOI requests, and my request for retraining. Both these struggles have been initiated by my personal requests. Neither should present cause for struggle. I have the right to obtain all [...]
Oh dear, check this out, Workcover Victoria (WorkSafe) has launched a brand spanking “new” campaign today to get injured sods back to work pronto because “the longer injured workers are off the more likely they are to require psychiatric and psychological help“. Needless to mention that RTW and rehabilitation strategies are , again, gaining priority over [...]
Further to Survivor’s post “Fighting For Retraining In The Workcover”, and the many obstacles Victorian injured workers face when it comes to obtaining approval from their workcover insurer for “retraining”; we undertook some additional research into the frustrating “vocational re-education & retraining courses” process. Vocational re-education (retraining courses) under workcover According to the famous online [...]
When a good piece of satire presents itself. Its hard to resist. In fact, impossible. The source derived from this article on UK politics and disability assessment. ATOS to reduce ‘fit for work’ test to one question: “Are you alive? ” Posted in January 23rd 2013 http://tompride.wordpress.com/2013/01/23/atos-to-reduce-fit-for-work-test-to-one-question-are-you-alive/ ATOS declare Richard III fit for work A [...]
Workcover fraud is frowned on by all. Deepening the stereotype to those who sustain legitament injury. Time and time again, it is important to remind readers that only 1% of injured workers defraud the system. Media sensationalisation has tarred injured workers with an unjust false brush. Stereotypes of workcover fraudulence through workplaces turn injured workers [...]
A Victorian inured worker was provided with alternative employment due his incapacity to perform his pre-injury duties.His inability to perform pre-injury duties were already determined however his employer attempted to dismiss him based on the results of the Functional Capacity Evaluations . Which should be used as a tool to determine capacity not incapacity. For [...]
December 3 2012, Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Bill Shorten launched a public consultation on proposals to boost employment participation for people with disability. The fight for equal opportunity for people with disabilities in finding suitable work could easily commence in South Australia through the WorkCover system. Where many of those on WorkCover are [...]
Harsh, unjust or unreasonable and unfair dismissals When a employer terminates an employee there are strict guidelines that must be adhered. Any old excuse to” get rid ” of an employee is not acceptable by law. This also includes any employee who has suffered a workplace injury and is now doing modified work. Finding the [...]
Dear Mr O’Farrell, As individual community members, we may as well be handcuffed and gagged: Injured worker
The Hon Barry Robert O’Farrell Premier Of NSW. We recently received an email in which an injured worker shared a recent letter he sent to Mr O’Farrell seeking answers. It illustrates just one of the many genuine cases we hear as well as the confusion and outrage many injured workers feel the need to express, [...]
Did you know that the Australian Industrial Relations Commission has ruled Injured Workers who can perform some but not all of their inherent job requirements after an injury can have their employment validly terminated. Injured workers who can do some but not all inherent job requirements can be sacked A legal case (2008) heard at [...]
We received an email from an injured worker, which we believed is well worth sharing with all as it raises important questions about liability when driving (or having an accident) when under the influence of narcotic, in others words, whilst being legally intoxicated and being forced to work (by the insurer, doctor, employer) and/or by [...]
Ever heard of a Work Hardening Programme? Has your workcover case manager sent you to such a programme, made allusions to sending you? Has s/he asked an “independent” medical doctor whether you are “fit” to attend a work hardening programme? And, what the hell is it anyway, what is it used for? Well…The objective of [...]
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- R: hi Poppy, I completely understand how you are feel...
- Poppy: Hi... I am about to have my payments stopped becau...
- Xchangingvictim: @Pauline you know that there are NO honest profess...
- ithurts: The hits just keep on coming!...
- Pauline Pope: Whichever way you cut it, the Workover law works t...
- workcovervictim: There is also quite a bit of useful information ab...
- Carol M: Yes @ WCV you are correct. From my understanding I...
- Nemesia: Hi Kat, I’m sorry to hear about your experien...
- JO: If you are hurt at Work; Do not submit to an inter...
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- Pauline Pope: Thanks Will. I did a load of reading about PTSD wh...
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- NSW Court rules workcover amendments affecting lumpsums do not apply retrospectively April 29, 2013
- Workcover case managers listen to background noise when phoning injured workers – WTF May 8, 2013
- Faulty assumptions only adds insult to injured workers May 7, 2013
- WorkCover NSW average premiums cut by 7.5 per cent May 9, 2013
- Government plan to make Comcare best practice model May 3, 2013
- Deed of release often used in settling workcover cases- what are they? April 29, 2013
- Barry’s reform adds insult to the injured April 24, 2013
- Is there such a thing as post traumatic growth? April 22, 2013
- Employers incl RTW Coordinators are not allowed to attend doctors appointments April 26, 2013
- Recoveries of money under workcover April 27, 2013
- Workcover compensation schemes impede recovery from injury April 28, 2013
- Assault on injured workers – more evidence and concern S.I.A May 5, 2013
- Vic Premier Naphtine called building workers safety march a disgrace May 1, 2013
- Judge criticises law firm about rejection of more generous settlement offer April 30, 2013
- International Day of Mourning: remembering those injured workers who have died April 25, 2013
- NSW injured workers can still make a further claim for impairment for that same injury – new legal case May 22, 2013
- What has the attack on NSW’s Workers Compensation laws meant for you? May 22, 2013
- When can weekly payments in Victoria be terminated May 21, 2013
- How are damages calculated May 20, 2013
- How to spot chronic workplace bullies May 20, 2013
- Common law damages claim and duty of care of the employer May 19, 2013
- Federal Court ruled AAT required to explain why it preferred the IME’s evidence May 18, 2013
- Medical Panels must provide clear reasons – Supreme Court Vic May 17, 2013
- Workcover Certificates: Doctors must ensure they’re carefully worded May 17, 2013
- Injured worker denied recommended back surgery and at wit’s end May 16, 2013
- Change WorkCover. Give injured workers a fair go – Petition May 15, 2013
- Injured worker’s weekly pay cut off based on biased pain doctor’s report May 14, 2013
- Injured worker collapsed after “performance management” meeting – horror story May 14, 2013
- What if an injured worker resigns in the heat of the moment? May 13, 2013
- Workcover stress claims and reasonable administrative action May 13, 2013
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