Were you injured at work? So was I! I became a disposable inconvenience because I was injured at work! This site was born in 2011 out of my sheer frustration, anger, and grief about the workcover system where all is not made clear, where the waters are very murky, and when the chips are down, the very people who are responsible for duty of care and support simply choose to ignore you, the injured worker. I hope this site will somehow help other injured workers navigate and survive the workcover system, and, at the very least, teach you to be extremely diligent in finding out your legitimate rights, always questioning the “system” in order to keep some sort of control and sanity. (pictures of my ongoing injury are very recent)
Supporting WorkCover victims (injured workers) through advocacy and education
Aworkcovervictimsdiary (AWCVD) is a grassroots not-for-profit community of WorkCover victims who have been injured at work and who have struggled with the current worker’s compensation system in Australia.
Aworkcovervictimsdiary believes that victims of work accidents and/or illnesses (injured workers) should have a voice and way to speak up and be heard about the difficult circumstances we have experienced in our daily dealings with WorkCover insurance companies and the current Australian Workers Compensation legislation.
Australia’s WorkCover system is convoluted, adversarial, bureaucratic, bewildering, frustrating, unfair and broken!
Way too many injured workers, and those made ill at work are left to fend for themselves, without the support and the care they need. A WorkCover Victims Diary believes that – together – we need to make all our stories and experiences known publicly, and to government representatives and the workcover insurance industry so that we can collaboratively fight for the changes that are much needed to improve our workcover benefits and to access prompt medical treatment.
A WorkCover Victims Diary aims to:
- Educate the public and fellow injured workers about Australia’s workCover insurance system and to advocate for injured workers to receive timely, appropriate, quality and necessary medical and like treatment to achieve maximum recovery.
- Empower injured workers through education
- Work to help restore (seriously) injured workers’access to timely medical treatment and supports for recovery through influencing policy, standards and even legislative changes.
This website, authored by injured workers, will help you navigate and conquer the bureaucratic, adversarial workers compensation process by educating yourself, by organising all your records and documenting your case (in writing) and by obtaining peer support where and when needed.
You may walk a little slower or find it difficult to sit for long periods, you may only have one functioning arm or leg, you may be in constant pain… You may have to give up some of your daily activities, including your job, hobbies or sports that you enjoyed before your work injury or work-related illness.
A big part of the healing process involves acknowledging, and accepting your physical and/or mental limitations, and focussing on the things you can still do, or still enjoy. Your life is NOT over, trust us. For many seriously injured workers, life as they knew it will never be the same again, but new doors will open!
You may need to retrain for a new job, you will need to be willing to accept advice from those who walked the same path before you, you may need to take advantage of new opportunities, including retraining opportunities, and you may well need to become more dependent on your husband or wife or someone else to help provide for you, and your family. But, remember, even the most seriously injured amongst us still have a VALUE and a PURPOSE in life.
Let the healing begin!
Why is a Workcover Victims diary so important?
Someday you or a loved one may be face to face with the WorkCover system and their illegal activities, knowledge is your best defence.
This site will help you navigate through the murky waters of the workers compensation system, and whilst óur experience with WorkCover occurred in Victoria (Australia), we sincerely believe that it crosses all states and even borders with respect to the insane challenges and nightmares that a workplace injury can create, within any workers compensation framework or scheme that we’re aware of.
Diary of a Workcover Victims’ message to injured workers (and their supporters)
Our message is simple and that is that you have to do your own research into the workers’ compensation laws relevant in your state or country; you really need to keep well informed and remember at all times that people advising or assisting you are most often not working in your best interest.
From our own experience, I found that “mistakes” and “oversights” occur all the time. Like you, when we were first injured at work we did not know my rights – they were certainly never given to us by our WorkCover insurer, and we were and are still treated with utter contempt and disrespect by my WorkCover insurance company, and also by our (now former) employer.
Knowledge is your only power!
A Diary of a WorkCover Victim- kick-started by seriously injured “Workcovervictim” in August 2011.
The workers’ compensation is – in our opinion- extremely adversarial and they use tactics to wear you down, to make you emotionally bleed out, to break you, all in order to weaken your position and to maximise their insane profits.
Because I had been seriously injured at work, I have – like you- become the “suspect” and the “enemy”. My own experience has thought me to fully distrust the insurance company or the case manager – their attitudes and behaviours have led me to realise that “humanity” is something that is not exercised nor understood by them.
Even though liability was accepted for my injury, I was and am still treated (like you) as guilty and with suspicion. So I knew (and you will learn) that it was and is up to me (you) to protect yourself and to treat everybody with suspicion and distrust in return. No one is there for my or your protection; except my/your lawyer! This is where the word Diary played a huge part when deciding the domain name for this Blog. The word DIARY is to it is to remind all injured workers to KEEP A DIARY! Why? To protect yourself! By meticulously keeping and organising all your records and documenting your case (in writing) in detail. (If you are unlucky enough to face a Judge in Court, your chances for a favourable outcome will be greatly improved.)
In a WorkCover situation, it is my experience and opinion that injured workers are treated as guilty by all parties – which is insane, given that in Australia even the worst criminals are afforded the right of being innocent until proven guilty.
I dedicate this site to all injured workers who have been abused by the adversarial WorkCover compensation system and/or the workplace. May they never give up, may they fight like a warrior for their legitimate rights, and, most importantly, may they hold onto their dignity, self-respect, self-esteem, and sanity; and may they WIN!