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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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… Read more »
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… Read more »
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… Read more »
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… 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.

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

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

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

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

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