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.

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Phil
Phil
3 years 10 months ago

@Martin:
You are not obliged to participate in any survey unless it is for the Census (Australian Bureau of Statistics). Even they don’t do any survey by phone generally.

Unless you have been given something in writing, such as a summon from a court – tell them Good Bye and hang up the phone.

Martin
Martin
3 years 10 months ago
Hi John Thanks for the support.I am a long time court ordered weekly payment. I was terminated from my employment 9 years ago, luckily I have a part time job now not earning anywhere what I used to. Work Cover and my insurance company have been very busy with me the last few weeks I know why, I am expecting to lose all that was awarded to me through the courts. Off course I am not coping well with the stress of it all and suffering through depression but I am sure there are many others out there who will… Read more »
John Mc
John Mc
3 years 10 months ago

Hi Martin

Please feel free to call me (02) 9749 7566 or you can’t get through (which is sometimes the case when I’m talking with other injured workers) email me with you contact details at john.mcphilbin@injuredworkerssupport.org.au

There are a number of issues to consider before assuming anything – also, we may be able to point you in the right direction legally.

David Lancaster
David Lancaster
1 year 7 months ago
September 7, 2012 (reintroduced November 11, 2014) I have been struggling for years to get justifiable compensation for my avoidable workplace injuries. I have a completely stuffed cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine (several herniated discs). I have constant sciatica, fibromyalgia, CRPS and pins and needles in my feet. My groin and genitals have not stopped aching since 2001. I have soft tissue damage in just about every joint in my body. I have bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome, bilateral ulnar/median neuritis, with constant pins and needles in my hands, wrists and arms and I also have bilateral shoulder bursitis. I have… Read more »
Robert
Robert
3 years 10 months ago
Hi John. Thanks for your support with what I posted I wish a lot more people could see it and agree with us so we could do some thing about the system we have. I was injured in early 2009 in an air drill accident at work, I received about 3 or 4 physiotherapy sessions and 2 visits with a Specialist before I my claim was terminated by Work Cover QLD and they offered me a Settlement. My employer left a message on my answering machine saying they didn’t have any work for me any more, HOW GUTLESS IS THAT.… Read more »
Stu
Stu
2 years 3 months ago
Hi Robert I have pushed my issue to the point were I now have been offered a meeting with the qld atourny general I have been through hell warmed up.would you like to come to this meeting.This is confirmed in an email to me post your ph number ill call you ill post mine but I will go an get a prepaid card first so I don’t get harrassed further mate money talks that’s got to stop.I have been billed over 6000 dollars for speaking up about threats of being bashed at work by Qld industrial commission this has to… Read more »
Maz Conroy
Maz Conroy
3 years 8 months ago

Hi Robert

I am with you!!!!
This is what I have been saying to anyone who would listen, people power is the ONLY way foward.

Maz

Robert
Robert
3 years 10 months ago
I to have Suffered and am still suffering from dealings with Work Covers Inadequate System, the way they deal with the people who have been Injured is nothing short of Negligent and you are treated like you are lying about your Injuries and only trying to rip them off well I have had enough. It’s about time all of us took some action and do a Erin Brockovich on them, we should all band together and take out a Civil Law Suit against Work Cover’s miss treatment of people there Discrimination against injured workers. IT’S TIME WE SHOULD TAKE A… Read more »
Injured Worker Support
3 years 10 months ago
Agreed Robert , that’s th direction we need to head in. Here’s an intersting article by the NSW Law Society Workers compensation changes a breach of faith by government 22 June 2012 The NSW Law Society says that major reforms to compensation passed by State Parliament’s Upper House last night will hit the most vulnerable workers the hardest with reduced medical benefits and entitlements. President of the Law Society of NSW, Justin Dowd said the reforms are an unnecessary attack on workers’ rights and have been enacted in a poorly considered and rushed fashion without consultation. “These reforms are bad… Read more »
Daniel
Daniel
3 years 11 months ago
Hi Robin, the question is what do and how do, people set a precedent. I have so far contacted: Fair Work Australia – (was not their area) Workcover, initial complaint, investigation of complaint, complaint about biased investigation and intimidation by inspector, complaint to and review by inspectors’ supervisor, complaint and review by Workcover, Ombudsman complaint, review by Ombudsman (still not complete but likely nothing they can do). A Compensation Solicitor – I have a case but it would be very hard to prove, very costly and limited by WComp laws. A Private Solicitor – He said “what did you want… Read more »
Robin
3 years 11 months ago
What they are scared about? They know if there is a precedent created about the unfair treatment , bulying and discrimination linked with the causation and worsening of an employees injuries it will open a whole new avenue…………..and they will have to change the system, which is exactly what they dont want to do. That is why you dont hear on the news much about the reall cost and causes of a broken workers compensation system, it is heart broken the treatment some people have, not even real criminals are treated ike that. The Productivity Commission estimates workplace bullying costs… Read more »
Robin
3 years 11 months ago
Dear All, Bellow is a much better method of tackling the problem which it coud save 3 times more than Mr Ofarrel says he is going to save. Everybody knows that Bullying, dsicrimination harassment happens to those who are fighting for justice and for their rights(Mostly), wistle blowers and honest people who refuses to lose their values and stand for their rights and for the benifit of al society instead of their onw. I have seen many people who unfortunally says that there is nothing they can do and all their malpractices and acceptance of this evil system is because… Read more »
Daniel
Daniel
4 years 1 day ago

Yeah its quite disgusting Robin and it just got much much worse than it was with the amendments they rammed through parliament.

Robin
4 years 10 days ago
do have an extreme case of misconceived conduct practiced by the insurers, lawyers and employers TNT. I do have a serios case of racial discrimination and serious vlification which is deemed criminal. I have suffered an injury back in 2000 and since them the insurer spent around $1.000.000.00 dollars of wasted money and my problem only got worsen, I have told the insurer about the harassment and discrimination but the insurer wasnt interested. I have the right of worker compensation that have been continuously denies any benefits and I have over 22% loss on my foot and I have been… Read more »
Daniel
Daniel
4 years 11 days ago

I made a typo in my story, it should read “Workcover refutes your claim that workers are being put at risk”.

This was sent to me in a letter by Workcover after I complained about the investigation they did. I had sent them a medical certificate along which showed my doctor had indicated that my injury resulted from my duties (walking / standing constantly for 11:30 each shift).

It boggles the mind how they can say allowing workers to be forced to work under the exact conditions that led to my injury does not put them at risk.

Daniel
Daniel
4 years 17 days ago
Hi, In 2011 I started work as a Security Dog Handler working on Railcorp premises. My job was to patrol for up to 12 hours with a 20 minute break after 5 hours and a 10 minute break after 8 hours. I was to “patrol continuously” and was “prohibited from sitting or standing still for more than 2 minutes”. My dog was allowed a rest for 15 minutes every two hours but I was required to stand during this time. The ground I patrolled over was ballast, sharp jagged rocks which stabilize the train tracks. I worked from approximately 6pm… Read more »
El
El
3 years 4 months ago

Hi everyone,

Att: Daniel,

I am within a month to start work with as dog handler with the same company, I believe that you might have been employed at. My previous dog handler employer has told me not to take up the position. My question is: Is it a good career move or will i regret it?

thanks
El

Scott Castiovski
Scott Castiovski
4 years 1 month ago

I opposed O’Farrell heartless decision to attack on injured worker compensation entitlements. Peoople will be afraid to go on worker compensation because they will lose their entitlements.

Rob
Rob
6 months 1 day ago

As he/it is intended by the neo-Liberals / Corporatocracy my friend ;(

Thong Lu
Thong Lu
4 years 1 month ago

I would like to oppose O’Farrell heartless attack on injured workers. I feel people get injured wiil be afraid to go on to workers compensation because of losing their entitlements.

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