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This is what some injured workcover victims have reported

  • injured workers being told by their workcover insurance to ‘just work through the pain’
  • discrimination against certain types of injuries such as  chronic stress
  • cruel and abusive psychological treatment of injured workers by workcover insurance case managers and employer
  • false and under-rated diagnoses
  • manipulation of facts, evidence, dates, medical words and expressions
  • concealment of facts and evidence
  • recurrent use of avoidance or distraction techniques
  • multiple medical reports for the same visit/intervention
  • excessive use of independent medical examinations (i.e. 5 per year)
  • coverup of wrongdoing that caused physical harm
  • putting intentional and inappropriate emphasis on the injured worker’s psychological status rather than addressing physical origins or causes of injuries
  • inappropriate psychological profiling
  • denigrating/vilifying the injured worker’s character
  • workcoer insurance (though IME) falsely accusing the injured worker of having a family history of alcoholism, even when this is refuted by an independent psychiatrist’s report
  • violations of trust leaving the injured worker feeling “emotionally raped”
  • workcover case managers who disregard doctors and specialists who say the injured worker is unable to work – compensation, weekly payments and/or benefits are cut off anyway
  • injured workers unable to eat properly and relying on food hampers, charity
  • injured workers reporting that they feel they are “fighting for their life”
  • workcover insuance refuses diagnostic tests such as MRI despite request of multiple specialists

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  1. I’m just going to bullet point this;

    – Suffered a tibial plateau fracture 3 years ago.
    – Work thought it was a simple break that would see me back to work within a month or two.
    – 3 surgeries later and 1 year down the track work is fed up and bullying starts.
    – failed attempts at performance management on their part results in complaints to work cover.
    – Work cover liaises with Employer to release me from employment which migrates me to the work placement program.
    – there placement program is pathetic. How can someone sell me if I can’t understand them myself.
    – despite a very impressive resume I was unable to find work for 1 year.
    – made final interview staging multiple times but was unsuccessful when asked to fill out paperwork which asked questions about injuries etc.
    – As part of compensation claim I had to see their IME. (I laugh at the title)
    – There Dr was pathetic and didn’t even assess me properly. Gave me 2% total body impairment. (including my scar)
    – The Doctors who assessed me at the request of my legal team concluded 18% total body impairment – a huge difference between us.
    – We lodge a dispute with the Motor Accident authority. I think they are the governing body which oversees all cases.
    – I visit MAA IME who actually does his title justice. A lengthy and thorough examine and allowed me to use notes and welcomed me to add anything later down the track if I forgot to mention it at the time of the specific questioning. I did all his test conveyed my concerns yet showcased my optimism and desire to get on with life as best I can.
    – IME Concludes that my total body impairment is 14% which is a far cry from the insurances assessment which occurred over a year ago. If anything my impairment would be less given I noted some improvements in certain areas since the initial assessment.
    – ‘yes’ I’m in pain every day and my life has for ever changed as a result of this injury. However, I’ve never given up and never will! I’m earning more money than I ever have before which includes a 40k budget for a car. I modified my WC certificate to state I could walk up stairs in order to get clearance for a job. Although, that revision wasn’t true I really wanted to work again and lied about the pain it causes me to walk up stairs to get to my office. Every day I climb the stairs grinding my teeth and audibly moaning to get through the pain. The best decision I ever made!
    – The entire process has been a real eye opener but, I have some tips that worked for me which I wanted to share.
    1.) I always came across in my conversation as enthusiastic and motivated. Doing so kept all my Case Managers informed and onside because they each knew where I was with my injury and could tell I wasn’t there to milk the system.
    2.) If I had to look for work I always double or tripled the amounts of jobs I applied for. Hell, I even applied for jobs beneath me just to show how enthusiastic I was to get on with my life.
    3.) Throughout my rehabilitation I always noted in detail where I was improving but, when I wasn’t improving I was quantifying why I felt I wasn’t improving.
    4.) Never ever be rude to your Case Manager no matter what. Doing so will undoubtedly secure you a one ticket to disasterville.
    5.) If you feel your insurance is being unreasonable in reviewing something or approving something consult your lawyer if you have one for advice on how to best handle it.

    By following the tips above, my expenses were always reimbursed within 7 days, my request for x-rays, additional physiotherapy, review of additional surgeries were approved and extended on three separate occasions. Oh, and lastly, I always had questions which they answered promptly each and every time. ‘yes’ their IME was terrible but, how they managed me wasn’t. I guess, I am one of the lucky few with a good experience resulting from horrific circumstance.

    Lastly, my new job has me sitting directly behind the HR Work Cover Manager for our company. Although I feel for those with legitimate cases I can see why the system is the way it is. One example was an 17yr old employee trying to sue the business for $500,000. Their rationale is that she fears she’ll never be able to gain full time employment for the rest of her life because of an ankle sprain she sustained working one day… Another case was an employee assaulted who had fears of leaving his home. A terrible scenario but, the person has now problem going to the gym and playing football on the weekends.

    For every person who has a legitimate claim, there are 10 who are there to try and get the free ride…. It’s a real shame!

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  2. ******* WORKCOVER CORRUPTION – THEY ARE OFFICALLY BUSTED ****
    For the second time , workcover has illegally cut me off payments ,workcover sa (Gallagher Bassett) this time arranged a new rehab provider APM who ive never met and who never had my permission to act on my behalf AND WHO I WROTE TO MANY TIMES TELLING THEM NO PERSON HAD MY PERMISSION TO WRITE OR SIGN ANY REHABPLAN OR CONTRACT ON MY BEHALF !!!!
    Fact- I have a current rehab plan = contract before the tribunal -so legally a new contract (rehab plan) cannot be written ,altered or changed without the written consent of all parties
    Lisa h[censored] is the case manager for w/cover – Deborah W[censored] is the ? rehab consultant.
    Both of these women were told in writing many times that n person had my permission to write or sign any contract on my behalf .
    Lisa h[censored] wrote to me saying a contract will be done without my collaboration regardless of the laws. I informed Deborah [censored] of all medical restrictions , sent a medical certificate to verify NO WORK CAPACITY , sent medical reports,medical evidence of restrictions and limitations , qualifications , evidence that a current rehab plan was before the tribunal and much more .
    Lisa [censored] then instructed Deborah [censored] to write up a false rehab plan , which did not state my qualifications and potential earnings , did not have it medically approved , did not write in my restrictions and limitations including permanent knee injury and major depression 296.2 Clinically diagnosed by wcover psychiatrist !!!! , didn’t include a resume I had sent , didn’t include 3 requests for training course .

    I was then emailed this contract signed by both of them and in the same email a breach notice of this contract – No time to look at the contract as it was sent 4.41pm on a Friday arvo . I was not allowed to seek legal advice at all . The contract was not medically approved !!!!

    In Lisa [censored] decision for breach she listed 4 times where she claimed I did not meet Deborah [censored] , BUT THE TRUTH IS I HAVE EMAILS TO PROVE DEBORAH [censored] WAS INFORMED OF THESE 4 TIMES THE DAY PRIOR THAT I HAD MEDICAL APPOINTMENTS AT THOSE TIMES AND IT WAS NOT SUITABLE ( MEDICAL EVIDENCE OF TIMES WAS PRODUCED AS WELL SO I NEVER BREACHED AT ALL).

    HOW DID THEY GET AWAY WITH IT WILL SHOCK EVERY AUSTRALIAN – PLEASE READ

    THE TRIBUNAL FULL BENCH HAS ADMITTED IN TRANSCRIPT THAT THEIR OWN JUDGES HAVE ACTED ILLEGALLY AGAINST ME IN MY CASE AND THAT LEGAL INJUSTICE HAS OCCURRED .
    THE FULLBENCH THEN DID NOT HEAR MY APPEALS AT ALL EVEN THOUGH THERE WERE QUESTIONS OF LAW TO BE ANSWERED AND I REQUESTED THEY BE REFERRED TO SUPREME COURT , THEY REFUSED BECAUSE WORKCOVER HAD NO EVIDENCE SUBMITTED AND WANTED IT SENT BACKWARDS TO
    ANOTHER DEPUTY PRESIDENT —– EVEN THOUGH I HAVE MORE THAN ENOUGH LEGAL EVIDENCE TO PRESS CRIMINAL CHARGES !!!!!!!!! THIS IS HOW THEY COVER IT UP PEOPLE—– THEY STOP CASES BEING SENT TO OTHER COURTS . EVEN THOUGH THE FULLBENCH STATED IN WRITING MY CASES SHOULD SUCCEED – THE FULLBENCH NEVER ACTUALLY HEARD THE CASES AND THE TRIBUNAL HAS BASICALLY CLOSED THOSE CASES AS COMPENSATION FOR HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS WAS PAYABLE TO ME . WORKCOVER ILLEGALLY CUT ME OFF IN 2010 WHICH THEY ADMITTED IN 2012 BUT NOW THEY HAVE DONE IT AGAIN AFTER STATING IN A RECORDED MEETING I HAVE – W/COVER
    BOSS WAS CAUGHT BY ME IN A RECORDING STATING —IT DOESN’T MATTER
    IF WE ARE FOUND GUILTY IN LAW IN THE TRIBUNAL – WE ARE KNOWINGLY HOLDING YOU ACCOUNTABLE AND THERE’S NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT – AND WE WILL DO IT AGAIN . That was in 2010 the day before I was cut off

    recently :
    WORKCOVERS BOSS PHILLIP B[censored] I HAVE FULLY RECORDED MEETING IN WHICH HE STATES TO JUDGE L[censored] SIMILAR TOO – WE FOLLOW POLICY ONLY , YOU CANNOT TELL WORKCOVER WHAT TO DO THIS TRIBUNAL DOESNT HAVE THE AUTHORITY OR JURISDICTION TO EVEN QUESTION WORKCOVER EVER , YOU CANT FORCE US TO FOLLOW THE ACT !!!!! Judge L[censored] AGREES .

    DEPUTY PRESIDENT L[censored] UNLAWFULLY REMOVED AND DISMISSED 4 CASES – but guess what its not a real court so he cant be sanctioned ?

    1. AUSTRALIANS ARE UNDER COMMON LAW – WORKCOVER ISN’T
    2. WORKCOVER AND EVERY CORPORATION IN AUSTRALIA IS IN FACT ILLEGAL AND NOT LAWFULL
    3.WORKCOVER USE UCC AUSTRALIAN LAWS TO HURT INJURED WORKERS , THAT’S HOW THEY DO IT AD CANT BE TOUCHED .
    4. ONLY WAY TO HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE IS FOR YOU TOO USE UCC LAWS AGAINST THEM !!!!!!!
    5. THE WORKERS COMPENSATION TRIBUNAL IS NOT A LAWFUL COURT , NO SWORN IN JUDGES (FACT ) , THATS WHY DECISION IS HEARSAY AND YOU MUST DEFEND YOURSELF WHILE WORKCOVER LAUGH ( NOT A REAL COURT SO THEY DONT DO A THING BUT VERBALLY REQUEST ALL CASES BE DISMISSED)
    6. THE TRIBUNAL CANNOT ANSWER A QUESTION OF LAW —-FACT !!!!!
    7. FACT – NEXT TIME THE WORKERS COMPENSATION TRIBUNAL ORDERS YOU THERE OR WORKCOVER DEMAND YOU ATTEND — SIMPLY SEND EITHER A CERTIFIED COPY OF YOUR BIRTH CERTIFICATE TO THEM WITH A NOTE SAYING – THIS IS ME AND I AM NOW HERE- EVERYTIME YOU WANT TO TALK TO ME PLEASE TALK TO THE CERTIFICATE ( DONT ATTEND IN PERSON , THEY CANT DO A THING UNDER UCC AUSTRALIAN LAW )
    8. TAKE CIVIL ACTION AGAINST EACH INDIVIDUAL PERSON SEPARATELY FROM WORKCOVER THAT HURTS YOU , THIS INCLUDES WORKERS COMPENSATION TRIBUNAL DEPUTY PRESIDENTS , REHABILITATION PROVIDERS .

    PLEASE EVERYBODY

    1.EMAIL ME SNR_SGT_TACKLEBERRY@HOTMAIL.COM

    2. LOOK UP UCC AUSTRALIAN LAWS
    3 WATCH YOU TUBE SPEECH ON HOW IT WORKS —– UCC AUSTRALIA LAW

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  3. I am disgusted but not surprised Greg, this is so typical. I have had similar happen to myself. It enraged me and after many threats they backed down. Until the whole system in EVERY state is dismantled and done again without profits involved and giving us back our common laws rights, this will continue.

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  4. WORKCOVER TRIBUNAL ADMITS IT BREAKS LAWS KNOWINGLY

    The Workcover Full Bench has admitted in writing that their own deputy president(judge) has acted unlawfully in my case , they also refused to refer my cases to the supreme court because the tribunal would be found to be in breach .
    It is a fact that workcover were ordered to supply legal argument for my case but never did and was never held accountable for never following any of the orders set in writing .

    The Full bench then referred my case backwards to another deputy president even though I objected to that because they had just admitted their own judges had acted illegally and unlawfully .

    NOW – Workcover has refused to allow me to call witnesses such as workcover lawyers, workcover case mangers and rehab consultants who illegally cut me off payments , the minister , WCT judges who acted illegally in my case and more .

    They are also demanding the Workers Compensation Tribunal to order me not to allow my evidence as it will incriminate workcover and the tribunals personel and bring the tribunal into disrepute .

    They are all aware I have recordings proving workcover blackmailing me and holding me to ransom as well as threatening me . They are aware I have recordings of workcover head boss telling the judge they have no jurisdiction or authority to even question workcover ever or make workcover comply with the act .

    I have 100%evidence of total corruption and fraud by workcover personel !!!!

    If you wish to help support me then contact me

    I WILL THE FIRST TV NETWORK WHO CONTACTS ME , ABSOLUTE SOLE RIGHTS TO MY STORY AND IT WILL SHOCK EVERY AUSTRALIAN WORKER GARANTEED !!!!!

    MY EVIDENCE IS GARANTEED TO CLOSE WORKCOVER FOREVER !!!!!!!!!

    Greg

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  5. WORKCOVER TRIBUNAL ADMITS IT BREAKS LAWS KNOWINGLY

    The Workcover Full Bench has admitted in writing that their own deputy president(judge) has acted unlawfully in my case , they also refused to refer my cases to the supreme court because the tribunal would be found to be in breach .
    It is a fact that workcover were ordered to supply legal argument for my case but never did and was never held accountable for never following any of the orders set in writing .

    The Full bench then referred my case backwards to another deputy president even though I objected to that because they had just admitted their own judges had acted illegally and unlawfully .

    NOW – Workcover has refused to allow me to call witnesses such as workcover lawyers, workcover case mangers and rehab consultants who illegally cut me off payments , the minister , WCT judges who acted illegally in my case and more .

    They are also demanding the Workers Compensation Tribunal to order me not to allow my evidence as it will incriminate workcover and the tribunals personel and bring the tribunal into disrepute .

    They are all aware I have recordings proving workcover blackmailing me and holding me to ransom as well as threatening me . They are aware I have recordings of workcover head boss telling the judge they have no jurisdiction or authority to even question workcover ever or make workcover comply with the act .

    I have 100%evidence of total corruption and fraud by workcover personel !!!!

    If you wish to help support me then contact me

    I WILL GIVE THE FIRST TV NETWORK WHO CONTACTS ME , ABSOLUTE SOLE RIGHTS TO MY STORY AND IT WILL SHOCK EVERY AUSTRALIAN WORKER GARANTEED !!!!!

    MY EVIDENCE IS GARANTEED TO CLOSE WORKCOVER FOREVER !!!!!!!!!

    Greg

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    • Give them heaps Greg, the bastards deserve everything they get. it sounds like the ABC 7:30 Report (good follow up the Met-Life Scandal with police with PTSD) or 4 Corners. The commercial networks seem to favour light-weight news stories for light entertainment.

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      • Sorry to hear about your long drawn out struggle Greg.
        I will support you in any way I can.
        I guess I must be one of the lucky ones, I spoke up, had a Lawyer, Maurice Blckburn, no fee no win.
        I was dragged thru the courts (Vic) 22 months before I was awarded work cover payments. My Employer (gov) were disgusted with the ruling especially as I was awarded fortnightly payments until my retirement age!! A HUGE win so I was told by Lawyers.
        But I still am harassed and they try to make me attend appointments for know reason etc.
        I realised that I am only a number to the Insurance company and my voice wasn’t being heard.
        I have a great team around me, GP, 2 psychologists and a Psycharist, they all advocate on my behalf .. They are my voice.
        I hope this helps in some small way.
        We ALL need a voice!!

        Jo

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    • hi greg,
      i am just searching up stories….i too have my own but its only just beginning..
      i felt so bad for you when i read your blog…how have things turned out for you ? did you get any income or a claim made and settled yet ??

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  6. finally someone who has worked out the ucc code
    I keep getting deleted from here for saying the same stuff?
    yes the government is a corporation- proved
    since 25 dec 2012 we all under common law no more slavery or debt worldwide
    we just need to enact it
    look up truth-now.net
    look up the oppt

    we can now see thae are just making all of the evil processes they put us through up
    workcover is a fiction

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  7. Hi i am looking for advice.I am in WA.
    I was hurt last year in work.
    I had an inguinal hernia. when i saw my doctor she told me it was the result of heavy lifting.
    Seeing as i am a metal fabricator/welder i saw this as an occupational hazard and put a work claim in. I Was unable to work because of the pain so i was out of work for near 6 weeks before i could have surgery. The insurance company during this time played games with me ,not answering calls not replying to emails and telling me my doctor was withholding information.so i went to my doctor to find out what they needed my doc tells me that the insurance company is requesting my full medical history which is illegal for my doc to give.My doc also explained that the insurance company is required to send forms for her fill but they refuse to send them. This went on for weeks!Eventually i was ready for surgery six weeks and no decision made. Then they tell me i need to go see their occupational doctor for assessment but its on the same day as my surgery!So i was unable to see the doc and had to postpone it till a few weeks after my surgery.I had my surgery and needed five weeks recovery. About 3 weeks after the surgery i saw the insurers doctor and i could just tell he was biased and not going to give a fair report. About a week later we were denied our claim. we instantly appealed the decision.
    A few weeks later i was back in work after having been given a full bill of health and a good recovery. However not even 2 months in i got hurt again. I had another hernia from unsafe work practices again.I made another claim and asked that they take this injury into account as we appealed the first claim. They however denied it on the fact my doc made a mistake on a report. I cant work again as i need surgery and am in to much pain to return to work. Now with the second claim i have had to see another doctor bought out by the insurance company and they also sent out an investigator to interview me. They sent out the doctors report and it basically says i am fit to work which is a load of bull! My surgeon and gp have told me not to work while i wait for surgery. I am completely broke having not worked in weeks my employer wants nothing to do with me and the insurance company is going to deny me again. I am from Europe with no family or friends to turn to in Australia and i am at my wits end. I really need advice. I feel abused by what is happening to me.I also noticed in their doctors report that he quoted me a few times. He was not writing down what i said so i assume i was recorded.I was never asked or told for that matter that i was recorded, is this unethical? Please Please i need advice i am broke depressed and having to sell my belongings to survive.

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    • Seek a solicitors advice, they will help you with the paperwork and appeals process. Ask your GP if they know of a solicitor that can help you, mine did and I couldn’t be happier with the service.

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  8. @Warndown – we have received your story, however you did not include a reply email address. We would like to know if we can publish your mind boggling story, with identifying bits censored. Please let us know.Thanks.

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    workcovervictim3 February 21, 2014 at 9:07 am
  9. My wife is on Workcover the proof to me that they do not have a clue was when her last case manager sent me an email that was supposed to go to his boss instead, saying should we approve Mrs Grumpy Pa’s Rehab or just class her as a fake. OOPS they were so nice the Boss apologized to my wife, then they changed her to anther rehab company in South Oz. Makes you wonder why you bother.

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