As the treating doctor’s role is so important following a workplace injury, and the doctor’s opinion can significantly impact on the injured worker’s rights, it is extremely important that an injured worker is completely comfortable with their treating doctor.
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.
Avoiding Reimbursement Scam
So you book and pay for a Taxi/ Accommodation/something similar
Your lovely SCM sends you back your reimbursement payments only to find yourself “paid less” AGAIN. It exceeds the recommended amount. WTF. But nobody tells you the recommended amounts.
This has happened so many times and it totally gives me the Sh*ts!
Many workcover victims ask us whether IMEs can prevent an injured worker (you) from getting recommended surgery. Unfortunately the answer is “yes” but the following tips may ensure you win the “battle of the medical opinions” and have your surgery approved by workcover.
The workcover system is, in my seriously injured opinion, designed to do one thing and that is to remove all “responsibility” from the injured worker, and alas, remove all control from the injured worker, which –all too often– leads to desperation, frustration and a myriad of secondary psychological injuries.The following somewhat controversial article aims to make injured workers think hard and show a potential way to stay in control of their claim.
When surveillance material (e.g video) is sent —by the workcover insurer— to an Independent Medical Examination doctor (IME) or a Medical Panel for commentary/opinion/assessment, basically the surveilled injured worker is entitled, by law, to explain (alleged) “inconsistencies” between the surveillance video and the injured worker’s medical history/restriction.
The workcover case manager’s job is to save the workcover insurance company money, period.
Many case managers get bonuses and ‘special’ recognition for saving their workcover insurance company money. And, you guessed it, the only way to save money is by stalling and denying claims and by paying the least amount possible. In this article we’ll give you some tips on how to deal with a non-responsive case manager.
This article is dedicated to injured worker “Kevin”, who has (had) the courage to confront a(n alleged) grossly biased IME in court. Never forget that the IME (for example an orthopedic surgeon) who has been hired by your workcover insurer to do an “independent” medical examination of you is not your friend. Most are only hired to do a specific job and that is to minimise the damage aspects of your workcover case. Some IMEs are pretty honest and their assessments, reports and even Court testimony is straightforward. BUT there are some IME doctors who have absolutely no moral. They will say whatever they need to in order to advance their client’s (the workcover insurer) cause and goal.
The following anonymous tip was recently submitted via our anonymous Tip-Off page and refers to the occurrence of service providers (such as home help service providers) being used and/or encouraged to basically spy on injured workers.
More and more workers, including injured workers and allegedly bullied or discriminated workers, are secretly recording conversations in the workplace and, for example, during their independent medical examinations. But isn’t making a secret recording against the law?