Workcover authorities in NSW, Victoria and Western Australia have confirmed the number of prosecuted (injured workers) frauds is very small – so negligible, in fact, it’s an almost incalculable fraction of the overall number of claims. Notwithstanding the evidence the media still tend to give a seriously skewed presentation on the fraud problems with the system.
We continue to find it interesting, and alarming that so many people in the community continue to question the “genuine” status of injured workers. The media obviously has a large role to play by reinforcing the stereotype of injured workers as fraudulent malingerers, even though research has proven over and over again that injured workers (employee) fraud accounts for less than 1% of all workcover fraud.
Don’t you hate these defense IMEs (Independent Medical Examiners) who claim their “science” supports the conclusion that you, the genuinely injured worker, are a bold faced malingering liar. Oh dear, don’t get us started on this one!
According to the recent Herald Sun’s – rather over-sensationalised- article titled: Revealed: The WorkCover cheats ripping millions from the workers compensation fund , listing a handful of fraudulent injured workers’ cases, one can easily be mislead (again) that injured workers’ fraud is rampant and extremely costly. But is it?
An injured worker kindly shared an extremely well-written, to-the-point article titled “Justice imperative to protect injured workers” written by a decent, empathic and passionate Canberra Lawyer, David Lander.Whilst the article points the finger at the adversarial Comcare Scheme, it could well be applied to all workcover schemes and their agents…
According to Comcare, employers can decrease their premiums provided they too take measures to “eliminate” (rampant) injured workers’ fraud! These “measures” include checking injured workers’ social media pages!
The media once again reinforce the stereotype of injured workers as fraudulent malingerers. For every rorter there are 100 genuine cases. Watching this report one is left with the impression that all injured workers are rorting the system when it simply isn’t the case. Research indicates less that 1% of workers compensation claims are of a fraudulent nature.
A couple of weeks ago, workcovervictim stumbled upon a bizarre and utterly narrow-minded write-up by a large workers comp insurance company (name omitted for obvious reasons) featuring a “sample workcover claim” to “assist case managers to recognise the bogus workcover claims”, which are, of course so rampant.
Workcover fraud is frowned on by all. Deepening the stereotype to those who sustain legitimate injury. Time and time again, it is important to remind readers that only 1% 9or less) of injured workers defraud the system. Media sensationalisation has tarred injured workers with an unjust false brush….
Is this rare or the norm?
WorkCover cheat caught out A woman who lost a leg below the knee in a workplace accident 27 years ago is being chased by authorities over more than $100,000 in benefits.