The following write-up was submitted via our Gust Post facility. It summarises the dreaded workcover 130 week cut-off weekly payments well.
WorkCover weekly payments can be stopped for many reasons. If you receive a Notice from your workcover case manager/insurer stating that your weekly payments (income maintenance) are to be terminated you should seek legal advice as soon as possible, bearing in mind that there are strict time frames within which a dispute can be lodged.
For a variety of different reasons, injured workers on the WorkCover system want or need to move interstate. Quite often, understandably, injured workers lack the ability, resources or support to properly look after themselves whilst injured, and feel that they need to reside interstate with family, partner or friends, at least until they recover. The question asked is what happens to an injured worker’s claim and weekly pay when they move interstate?
The main purpose of this article is to inform injured workers that their weekly payments can be changed (reduced) or terminated, that it happens frequently, AND OFTEN in an ILLEGAL manner!
In this sickening story an injured worker who was diagnosed with Chronic regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)/aka Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) following bilateral carpal tunnel surgery had her workcover claim suspended after attending a pain clinic, where the pain doctor basically did not even examine the injured worker but went on to write a report to workcover that s/he does not suffer from CRPS)/RSD.
“Carefactor 0” is a Victorian-based injured worker, who suffered a severe cervical spine (neck) injury at work, for which she underwent surgery but is left with ongoing motor issues affecting her upper and lower limbs. One of her main issues, apart from ongoing pain, is that she has difficulty walking due to residual weakness in her legs. When she stands up and takes a few steps, she feels – at times – that her legs “aren’t there” and falls!