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Workcover et al may Google YOU too!

Did you know that the success of your work injury case also depends on your credibility. That is: that you are honest, are being trusted and believed in, in what you say and…do. This is especially true when you have an injury that is not (very) visible to the naked eye; for example a heart condition, a psychological injury, and even a back injury. So what you say and do, and whether you are believed is extremely important as this can make you win or loose your case.

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I was a private investigator, spying for insurance companies

Surveillance of injured workers  (and other claimants) is still rife and not (often) justified either, according to a very recent article on ABC News.

“In each case, I’d ask the claims officer what prompted the decision to track this claimant. Often the reasons were quite subjective.

“Her tone of voice last time we spoke was really suss,” one manager told me.

“I just get the sense there’s something dodgy about him,” said another.

Sometimes the only reason given was that the claim was taking a long time and was expensive. Surveillance was regularly ordered without evidence of a problem.”

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Former PM Julia Gillard house keeper workcover claim reinstated

You may remember the case of former PM Julia Gillard’s house keeper’s workcover claim for an injury she sustained to her back while straining to fit a sheet on Julia Gillard’s king-size mattress in 2012. The house keeper had initially some issues with her claim, also re-injured herself and now it turns out that she was accused of “fraud” by means of surveillance. However recently the AAT overturned the decision of Comcare to cease her claim for compensation. The article gives some worthy tips re surveillance.

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Facebook can ruin your workcover claim and show you can work

If you are an injured worker with a (potential) serious injury application and/or a common law damages claim with a Facebook account, you really need to read this article. No matter what privacy settings you use on Facebook, you must assume that everything you post will be viewed by the workcover insurer defense lawyers. And, what’s worse, your Facebooking can also be used to demonstrate your ability to undertake an office, or computer based job!

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