I need help

Do you need help with your workcover claim? Do you have a question you need answered?

 

 If you need help or advise, this is the page where you can post your question(s).

If you’re stuck and need help with your workcover claim or have a particular question, please post your query here. Please ensure you mention the state you are located in, as the workcover laws vary from state to state.

Due to the large amount of email queries (questions re workers comp and workcover claim issues) we can not guarantee that we will be able to answer your email/queries personally. Please use this page (I need help) – below- to ask your questions, as our contributors and injured readers are often able to answer your questions or lead you in the right direction. You can use a nickname and an alias email to comment/ask questions, preserving your anonymity.

Remember that we are based in Victoria, and are most knowledgeable about the Victorian workcover system, however our interstate readers are often able to help injured workers from other states than Victoria.

For “peer-to-peer support”, you can post your questions here on this page (below in the comment section) where our Team and other injured workers may have advice for you or experience with your specific situation in your state.

We always like to hear the stories of all injured workers in Australia to help us compile anonymous, but factual, evidence from as injured workers about any abuses they have experienced by workers compensation systems across Australia.

How to post a question

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Additional Resources

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workcovervictimsdiary-search-tools(on the right hand side of the blog): our site contains over a thousand articles and chances are thataworkcovervictimsdiary-tags the information you are looking for is already on the site. You can use the search box (see image left) to type in a keyword(s) i.e. type in “IME” (see below – use our advanced search), or you can search the Categories. An easier way is to select the Tags.For example if you are looking for information about independent medical examinations, simply click on the tag “IME”, which will show you all the posts and articles about IMEs. (see image right).

You can also view our site’s content in the form of a Sitemap , showing our archives, for ease of reference.

 

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search-aworkcovervictimsdiaryYou can type a keyword in to the search box (top right and bottom of side bar on page) and you will see a little wheel spin while the site is looking for all articles that contain the keyword. For example: I am looking for “impairment” articles and started typing “impairm” as my keyword; after a few seconds the articles come up automatically! (see picture on left)

Relevant workcover legislation in each state

Head on over to our section: Resource Centre in the  (top)menu, which contains a page titled “workcover legislations” where you can find all the workcover laws in every jurisdiction (state and territories).

Frequently asked questions

We have created pages and lists of FAQs, i.e. WorkSafe VIC FAQ, where you can find heaps of information.

Also see “who else can help”

If you’re stuck and need help with your workcover claim or have a particular question, please post your query here. Remember to please ensure you mention the state you are located in, as the workcover laws vary from state to state.

If you need help or advise, post your question(s) below in the comment section.

 

updated12 April 2015

2,565 Responses to “I need help”

  1. Hi Aaron,
    It is a normal process for them to send you to see an independent medical examiner, your doctors are your treating doctors and it is up to them to say if your fit to go back to work in any capacity.
    It is possible that your normal duties will be assessed to see if you are able to perform any part of those duties, or if there are lighter duties available that may suit you with your injury.
    They are not permitted to give you demeaning tasks, or expect you to sit around doing nothing.
    If your doctor is advising you require surgery then they cannot force you to return to work. Your doctors must agree that some work would benefit you not cause any further harm and give strict limitations on what you can or cannot do.
    This is part of the process, not necessarily bad.

    If you have further concerns you can seek advice from a lawyer, most give the first consultation free and may offer no win no fee.

    Good luck.

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  2. can i say no to having a return to work person to attend my treating gp appointment?

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    • @azza, yes you have every right not to allow a RTW person attend any GP appointments now or in the future. Just ask the RTW person if they have any questions for your GP to pass it to you (written) and you’ll relay it to your GP for their response (these are things they don’t want to hear but they can’t force you to allow them in).

      In my case I had a RTW person ask me if they could attend my next GP appointment? I was like of course you can. The appointment date and time came, we sat outside the office and waited for my turn to be seen. When it was finely my turn, the doctor calls me, I stand up and so too does the RTW person. I then proceed to walk into the office and so too does this RTW person. I stop them in their tracks and politely say, I said you can attend my next GP appointment, but I didn’t say that you could come in.

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  4. Comcare has sent me to 12 IMEs. Some of the resulting reports have no regard to my actual medical history and are in the realm of fiction. For starters, does anyone have experience with a couple of them:

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