May 18, 2012

Your Stories

At any one time there are 120,000 people recovering from a workplace injury in NSW. These are the stories of some of those 120,000 people.

Feel free to add your own story  or ask a question.

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  • Debbie

    Hi everyone

    Here is another source that will help you find out more about those listed as IME’s. Read the reviews based on other injured workers experience. Its called ‘aworkcovervictimsdiary.com’. Some of the postings are shocking and should be taken as a red flag warning.

    So go to the website of A WorkCover Victims Diary and see for yourselves. The only way to change the system of practitioners behaving badly is to expose them so long as its true.

  • Pete777

    My issue is I was cut of medical and Workcover payments in 2014!
    Since then changes had taken place and my medical benefits reinstated as of December 2015
    I find this out by emails sent to me by the injured workers support group!
    When I contacted the insurer about these changes they said I would have to send in reimbursement request and see if they would pay them!
    It took me 2 months of fighting with the insurer and having to get Wiro and Siro involved.
    I received the the payments but I did not receive and notices stating that my benefits had been back dated or when they would stop!
    I recently had also submitted further documents to be reimbursed in November but I still haven’t been payed for yet!
    I contacted the insurer without any response by email or phone so I got Siro involved again, once Siro was involved I received a letter stating that I would need a Work capacity certificate to have my Benefits payed!
    That’s fine, but my issues with this is why wasn’t I advised of this earlier this year.. as you could see I had all medical benefits cut in 2014 and did not require any medical certificates after that date..
    Isn’t the insurers job to contact me and advise me of what I need to do to receive the Benefits I’m entitled to..
    I did contact the insurer by phone and lets say it wasn’t good conversation as the case manager is such an arrogant pig and wouldn’t let me talk.. all he said was you know what a injured worker has to do and that’s have updated certificates you haven’t had one since 2014. I tried to say that the only reason that is due to my benefits being cut off, but he didn’t want to listen!
    Pig Pig bloody Pig

    • Workers Compensation King

      Unfortunately, this is due to the government implementing Section 59A of the 1987 act, there has been many changes due to government reforms. You should speak to your local MP.

      The only reason your medical benefits were reinstated was due to amendments which passed through parliament.

  • pete

    How can one of the major Insurance companies, legally incorporated & a proud sponsor of sports events, engage in unconscionable conduct & condone anti-social behaviour? How can it use hordes of individuals to harass injured workers, employ criminals to break into victim’s homes? They make successful recovery & return to work impossible. They recklessly endanger lives. Is there any logic behind such conduct & systemic abuse of injured workers?!

    • Insurance Hater

      Hi Pete,
      Short term answer to your question is NO.
      As the insurers have no morals or code of ethics they even do not believe in the Code Of Conduct under the law!!!!
      And they get away with it all the time mate.
      What I learnt just before contemplating self harm to end my burden and torment they insurer put on me with their harassment, Intimidation and bullying tactics along with their private investigators invading your whole family and yourself was to stand up for yourself.
      Yes it is the insurers job to bully, intimidate and harass the injured worker as they simply do NOT care about the injured worker at all as much as they say they do but in reality they DO NOT. Get that into your mind as it is true that you are only a number and a liability to them.
      Come to accept this that it is true (Which it is that they do not care about you at all) and then you will realise that you are fighting several battles. The insurer, Your injury, your welfare and your rights as an injured worker.
      Then you will realise there whole sole purpose is to beat you down even though you are injured they want to break you and make you stuff up etc just to cut of their books.
      Do what i did FIGHT THEM I have learnt know I will never be in that dark place the insurer put me in fight them on everything go to Work Safe Aust and the WIRO on everything fight them tooth and nail I did and won it took a long time but I now found that I was the better person for standing up to bullies.
      BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT THE INSURERS ARE THEY ARE JUST THE SCHOOL YARD BULLY

      • Pete

        Thanks, Insurance Hater. Very glad things have worked out for you. I hear you. Not looking forward to the challenges though. It’s a dirty, ugly underbelly – a reality which the uninjured will never know exists. It’s wrong at so many levels.

  • Pete

    Did anyone experience Breaking & Entering to your home while of Worker’s Comp? I’m noticing holes in my walls & ceiling, my stuff has been rummaged through. My mattress ripped. My stereo system stopped working. The worst – my medicine, vitamins, cosmetics (incl. toothpaste) have been tampered with, so that I get skin rash, headaches, nausea, cough & eye dryness when I use them.

  • sharee

    I have been on the workcover roundabout since april last year in south Australia. fractured my patella and damaged my cartilage. I had to end up having an arthroscopy in September (the damage was not found at first). In August of this year I was sent to a surgeon of workcovers choice and obviously his report was one sided. At the end of August I was told that based on medical evidence they said I was not incapacitated anymore. I was up to 20 out of my 25 hours at that stage. They ceased my payments. I had to file a dispute at the employment tribunal. first hearing I didn’t go to as I didn’t have to but they were ordered to keep paying me and another hearing date was set for November. I attended this hearing with my lawyer and I won. That was 3 weeks ago now and have finally been contacted by workcover about going back to work, problem is now they are targeting my surgeon to try and get him to say I will not be able to do my job again, and this is even before I have even started back. Am also fighting to get my physio back. I want this rollercoaster to end they are just such nasty people.

    • sharee

      Now I am being told that I have to have my resume into them by jan 30th to retrain. I do not want to retrain and shouldn’t have to as I know I will be able to do my job before the time is up. These people just do not care about us at all

  • Real life

    Im wondering why my comment asking for a good lawyer is still waiting moderation. Also notice the text needs corrected im unable to access it to correct phone text does its thing sometimes.

  • Bob

    Hi I was hurt @ work 4 months ago @ my second job,, 3 hours a day. I’ve had all the medical procedures , MRIs ect , I’ve got to have Surgery early January, on my shoulder the Insurance company won’t pay me for that job because im already getting 38 hours a week from my original job. They excepted partial liability at first but because they have approved surgery etc does that mean they have excepted full ability? Im worry about if I have surgery they might say No we didnt take full liability so you pay for half of it??

  • Rob

    I was injured severely at work 18 years ago and required surgery 14 years ago that now requires further surgery.
    About 6 years ago the insurer withheld and substituted medical evidence they provided to a Medical Panel hearing.

    An eleven page medical report they requested from my surgeon was replaced with a letter requesting payment of the report.
    The Medical Panel withdrew their ruling but still Workcover refuses to investigate it fully.
    The insurers interference into my ongoing treatment has contributed to this further surgery being required (which has been backed up the their IME) is still being withheld.

    The insurer also in the past refused me to be reviewed by my surgeon after surgery was preformed.

    The system is a disgrace and there needs to be a royal commission into how these insurers continue to withhold treatment over bonuses received by team leaders for closing claims unjustly .

  • Hi Georgr
    Thanks for reply to message.
    Was it EML you had to fight for service??
    How did you fight them to get results?

    • Georgr

      Yes, it is EML. I have got a lawyer. Otherwise I would be dead by now.

      • Real life

        Greorgr
        Thankyou. I am sorry you had that experience. Glad you found a good lawyer to fight on your behalf. Understand the process is enough to contemplate suicide.

  • Real life

    Hello everyone
    Would some with ecperience of a good peoples lawyer, revommend a lawyer Practicing in victoria that is for the people dealing with workcover insurance providers playing god withholding much needed services thankyou

  • Real life

    Hi im having difficulties with EML withholding services. Has anyone else had similar experiences

    • Georgr

      They always do that. I had to fight for it.

  • Ben

    G’day Guys, has anyone out there had Drug rehab paid for by the TAC, and if so where. I would really appreciate a recommendation or two?
    Thank you.

    • Mel76

      My husband had his “detox” paid for by his insurer. Having being prescribed the highest dose of oxycontin over a lengthy period of time, the side effects were shocking.
      He entered detox at a private hospital initially for 10 days, the care was substandard to say at the least, and after being left unattended for approximately 16 hours to sleep and detox, subsequently developed a deep vein thrombosis which shifted and caused a pulmonary embolism. He was taken by ambulance to the public hospital unable to breathe. Lucky to be alive.
      Do your research, and goodluck

  • Pete

    Has anyone experienced over-the-top harassment & invasion of privacy while on workers comp?

    • Insurance Hater

      Yes and they get away with it. But there are rules for them but im sure they do break them. Just ring your local cop shop and say there is someone following me or i think they watching my house to rob it try get as much detail of person as you can type car rego etc. And ask the police to send car to look.
      Everyone on workers comp will get followed by the scum insurers private invesigators you can have a few following you at once.
      My insurer hated it because i knew everytime they were following me.

      • Pete

        In my experience, the surveillance MO has changed in that I’m not followed by a PI, but rather there is a “crowd watch”, i.e. strangers who I’ve never met & who I don’t know get in my face with their mobile phones and snap a photo of me, then post it to some group chat line/website. Someone else down the road picks it up, and they know what I’m wearing that day & which way I’m heading. There are also walk-bys or drive-bys to check if I’m in/out or on my balcony. Has anyone else experienced that? It’s scary that strangers know what I look like & where I live.

      • Pete

        Did the insurer admit that there has been surveillance? In my experience the insurer is denying it, despite the bleeding obvious. Has anyone tried to take legal action due to breach of privacy and undue harassment? Are there any lawyers who have taken on the insurers on that basis? Injured workers deserve to have dignity, privacy and peace of mind while they are recovering.

        • Insurance Hater

          No the insurer denied it when asked by my solicitor and when my rehab provider said to them why are you following the insurer said how does they know they are been followed they not supposed to see them.
          No matter what you will be followed.

  • NiAr

    I got injured at work. The company i worked for which is Amitran PTY LTD refused to report the incident then after days emailed me their own report. They also refused to provide the insurance policy. I had to lodge the work cover claim and the insurance going to decide whether or not im emtitled to compensation. Ive got the lawyer as the manager challanged me to do whatever but what the hell is wrong with some people.

  • Pete

    Can someone share experiences and advice regarding IME psychiatrist please?

  • Fazz

    Well it’s come to this. Now greyhounds have greater clout than the injured worker’s of new south Wales. Don’t get me wrong I am stocked they got there cause up what a victory. It just goes to show you that once again the squeaky wheel got the good oil. We are going to get NONE OF OUR LEGAL RIGHTS BACK WHICH WERE TAKEN BY LIE AND STEALTH. In 2012 the police and fire brigade with the ambulance service got out there and PROTESTED ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS. Because of the injustice in the legislation. Negotiations with these people have got us very little in the way of commutation and medical coverage which should have been dealt with.

  • Fazz

    We have to get our voice out there. Our rights were stolen. We went to court got our judgement only for Baird – Nile- and the shooters party. To stab us in the back. It will not be retrospective the great O’Farrell told us on national tv.i’m hurten so are alot of other’s. Orange is going to be big let’s get on the front foot. Time has come……..