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.

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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… Read more »
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… Read more »
Real Life

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.

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

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.

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… Read more »
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… Read more »
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……..

Joe

I am off to a neurosurgeon ime for an impairment asessment for my neck I dont know what to expect ipI know its eomthing thats dompletely out of my hands Can anyone tell me what type of questions I will be asked over 45 minutes I want to be prepared psycologically for it as it has been a long road u til now I have heard of traumatic experiences

Sioux

Been on this ride for 17 months now, had mri’s, seen Neurosurgeon twice, QBE paid for all the meds…and now because I am doing a conciliation dispute re my rightful wages, they have ceased paying for needed medicines, they didnt inform me they would not pay for my sleeve nerve injection, until the day after I had it done!! I have ZERO money…so in 8 days, my Lawyer and I am gonna faceoff with these lowlife lying mongrels! David and Goliath….

Fazz

This crap has to stop. Luckily enough the good people of the central West are having a vote in orange soon it might be time to have a March and vent our loathing of the lnp in this state. It will be a perfect time to do so. BECAUSE ALLAN JONES AND RAY HADLEY are going to be boardcasting from ORANGE all week. The injured worker’s. The greyhound people. The farmers who lost the right to lock out the gas and mining grubs etc etc.THE PEOPLE UNITED WILL NEVER BE DEFEATED………

Billy

Daz where is this happening?

christian

Hi i need some advice the rental property i live in is being sold i need to apply for a new property at real estate case manager refuses to verify my payments saying i didnt earn the money is this correct?

Hector Viapiana

regardless of the statement you should be getting pay slips every week or whatever time frame you are being pay, it’s the law to supply you with pay slips.
also don’t forget that whilst you are being pay you are still entitle to holiday and super annuasion regardless if you have been fired from your job or not

mark

This is incorrect your case manager needs to supply a statement showing that your on workers compensation and the amount you receive. the last one I got was to refinance my house good luck.

bel best

Hi everyone I need a good rehab provider and I live on the Central Coast NSW. Who do you recommend. Cheers

Carl

Mel Weirs from The Rehab Group is excellent. 0411 117 740, If he does not answer ring his head office in Crows Nest Sydney. Mel lives in Umina now and works here on the Central Coast. Tell him Carl you about him. He is unreal and stands up to the Insurers and is there for you. Unlike to insurers own appointed idiots.

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I had Mel Weirs in Taree and he was very good so I would recommend him.

Hector
George, I have done around 12 work capacity review applications for injured workers and at the risk of sounding sarcastic you won’t win the internal review, in all the applications I have done not once I was able to reversed an internal review, by saying that I must also tell you that so far out of the 12 applications we have won 7 merit reviews and 5 reviews with Wiro. I must admit that in a way I been lucky that only had to deal with 1 insurance company and until today they are not the smarters kids on the… Read more »
Helen

My make up pay is always late. Then I have to pay late fees on my financial commitments . This is not fair.

Fazz

All injured worker’s from the old Workcover system have to get out into the street and start to protest for our legal rights back. We went to court and got our decisions. We have to eventually get this chap legislation thrown out with the LIBERAL NATIONAL PARTY AND ON THE WAY TAKE THAT A HOLE FRED NILE TO.

George

I am currently writing up for the work capacity decision to be review internally. Just wondering if anyone have got any tips. Thank you.

robert

Hi was injured at work back in 96 boss had no work cover insurance had two week off trying to get better go back to work for 3day and get dismissed on economic down turn. Spent 7year going to court to get court a pointed wage and now in the last year government has taken this away and put me on centerlink how can this happen to I’m sure a lot of people

Mary

The insurer is using work capacity assessment to remove my weekly payment. I am still undergoing treatment and not fully recovered as they claim! They did not take the functional capacity into account while making their work capacity decision. Advise what I can do?!?!

Mary

Hi all. Can the insurer terminate my payment if I am NOT fully recover? They determined a suitable employment for me which I do not have any experience and do not have the functional capacity to carry out. The claimed that I do have the skills to do it but ignoring what is on my certificate. They are conducting a work capacity decision to terminate my weekly payment.

Fred

I am after a good GP on the Central Coast NSW that actually cares for the injured worker and the best interest of the injured worker and does NOT let the the insurers bully, intimidate them into forcing the GP to do what the insurer wants and will tell them to pull their heads in.
Can someone recommend that good GP.

Outraged
In Victoria you can refer the matter to a Conciliator at the Authority, and if they are satisfied you’ve taken reasonable steps to try to get a certificate but couldn’t, you can then apply to have the Magiatrates Court to determine your capacity and issue you a notice in lieu of a Certificate of Capacity from the doctor. This is per s26 of the WIRC Act (Workers Insurance Rehabilitation Compensation Act) Vic. Please call the relevant resources in NSW and/or consult NSW legislation to see if you have a similar avenue. If I can find something easily enough I’ll leave… Read more »
Kathy Gregan

Dr Eric Lim has a practice in Wyong and he is one of the best doctors/GPs working with injured workers. He also has rooms in Granville in a union building.

Mary

Without predijuce – is this dr telling you your employer doesnt care? Has he prescribed anti-depressent medication? Is he helping you to return to your job and work mates as quickly and and safely as possible on suitable duties, is he willing to meet and communicate with you, your employer and providers as workcover/icare recommend?

Mary

Would love to hear feed back from people, a good doctor will help you return to work and not be filling your head with fear and negative thoughts

Mary

You are entitled to change your nominated treating doctor for a 2nd opinion, just let your insurance company know, you would like another opinion

christine
I have been in this 4 year long fight against workers compensation and it has taken its tole on me and my family. Some days you can’t help but wonder if its ever going to be over. I now see why so many give up and go back to work even though they are in constant pain and suffering. One cant go on living with no money left , compensation tries to destroy you and cause you to give up . So many families loose their homes ,savings and credit ,all because of what is suppose to be there to… Read more »
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