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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Gaylord
September 16, 2012 9:45 am

Always send copies of any referrals form your treating doctor to the insurer and get approval before undertaking any treatment. If you do get treatment under Medicare keep sending the doctor’s reports to the insure and tell you case manager that as you are in dispute, you want any new medical evidence to be placed on you flle and listed as supporting your request for reasonably necessary treatment. That way if you don’t yet have a Section 74 Notice they will have to use your new evidence to assess your claim.

Gaylord
September 16, 2012 9:31 am
The insurer cannot deny your claim without having evidence to do so. They then have to provide you with a Section 74 notice stating why they are refusing your claim with a list of the medical evidence they think supports them. They also must include all the evidence they hold that supports you!!!! If you get a section 74 Notice without the list of evidence they hold supporting you then email your case manager and tell them they have not complied with the Legislation that states all evidence including evidence supporting you must legally be included. If you have further… Read more »
Phil
Phil
September 16, 2012 12:34 pm

Cannot agree more except one thing.

Para v last line, you said, “Even if you win back your treatment you are obliged to pay your own costs so keep getting more evidence for review and keep sending it in.”

The applicable date for legal cost is not finalised yet, so there is no cost towards your legal cost as yet.

Please keep visiting here. We need more people like you.

Regards

Phil
Phil
September 15, 2012 7:51 am
@ Pania: By saying your claim denied, are you referring a dispute notice issued? Or just medical treatment denied? Once accepted, insurer cannot deny your claim. If they are delaying your medical treatment, go back to your GP and ask what treatment do you require? If insurer still deny, call claims assistance service immediately. If your claim is disputed, you need to go to workers compensation commission. Whatever your solicitor has said is completely wrong. Due to the little amount they could make for such settled claims, they ignore people like you and give false advice which are disastrous in… Read more »
Pania
Pania
January 6, 2013 11:44 pm
I Phil, i am waiting to hear from new Solicitors now and am going through Medicare for my treatment, iactually better, believe it or not because i am getting all the medical i need now, I have just had Spinal Epidurals and injections which has helped and am being operated on this month to replace all the lower discs in my spine and the Specialist says that there is a 70%chance of improvement ant 30% of none, so its a chance im happy to take. I was definately rorted by my solicitor, but maybe with the new one he will… Read more »
Pania
Pania
September 13, 2012 2:09 pm
Hi, I am 42 years of age and had a back injury in 2000, i slipped and fell at work and ended up with 2 herniated discs. It went to court NSW in 2003 and i was awarded $9,000 and ongoing medical treatment. During this time It has been a battle to get any help form my Solicitor (Union Solicitor) or from the Insurance company QBE. Late last year I sent off more Invoices from my specialists for QBE to reimburse and as of March 2012 QBE have now denied my claim and I am going through MEdicare to get… Read more »
Injured Worker Support
September 13, 2012 2:24 pm

Hi Pania

Its is hard to offer advice on such a complex issue, especially when claims are in dispute. Please feel free to contact me on : (02) 9749 7566
to discuss further.

Kind regards

John Mc

David
David
September 7, 2012 8:37 pm
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 (6 herniated discs). I have constant sciatica, valsalva and pins and needles in my feet. My groin and genitals have not stopped aching. I have soft tissue damage in just about every joint in my body. I have carpal tunnel syndrome, with constant pins and needles in my hands. I have severe arthritis throughout my body. I don’t sleep very well. I have gout. My neck and shoulders burn continually. I have headaches. I don’t… Read more »
Julia Jackson
Julia Jackson
August 16, 2012 12:56 am
I agree with you ,I have been on work cover for 12 mths from a neck injury at work, I have been stuffed around by work cover and belittled the whole time,Not only can I do the job I love but I cant even have my family life the way it was as there are so many things I can no longer do at home ,I have gone from an independent women to now relying on others to do things for me , Work cover has granted me home care once a mth,even after their own doctor requested 3-4 hrs… Read more »
Phil
Phil
August 12, 2012 2:21 pm

@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
August 11, 2012 3:42 am
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
August 12, 2012 4:05 pm

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
November 11, 2014 11:04 am
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
August 4, 2012 1:21 pm
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
March 15, 2014 1:24 pm
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
October 23, 2012 3:08 pm

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
August 3, 2012 2:13 pm
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
August 3, 2012 2:22 pm
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
July 21, 2012 3:03 pm
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
June 26, 2012 1:28 pm
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
June 26, 2012 1:12 pm
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
June 24, 2012 5:38 pm

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

Robin
June 15, 2012 3:23 pm
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
June 14, 2012 11:07 am

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
June 8, 2012 12:49 pm
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
February 3, 2013 2:20 pm

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
May 4, 2012 10:34 am

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
December 24, 2015 8:57 am

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

Thong Lu
Thong Lu
May 4, 2012 10:28 am

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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