Dear Daniel Andrews MP, It's wonderful to see that your recovery is going well. As a 52-year-old person, I like to think that I live and learn from life experiences. I imagine someone in your position would take that sort of approach also and that with your own living and learning and the experience of Victorians you gather realistic references for your ongoing decision making. Taking this terrible recent accident you have had into account (whether a work injury or not), a horrific pandemic and two reports by the Victorian Ombudsman, I have hope and the expectation that you might be in a position to relate far more to Victorian injured workers (of which I am one) than ever before. Being more specific, can you please consider how you would feel: – being questioned about your injury – being told by an insurance company that the reports about your health from your own medical team do not suffice – having investigators photograph you around your home and day-to-day – being sent to an 'independent medical panel to be reassessed and to prove your injury
Everything that chronic pain had undone in the first nine years of this 14-year nightmare, Theo and I have managed to finally mend. Stitch by stitch, we made a new house, founded a new livelihood, purchased a more comfy car, made new friends, welcomed a different breed of fur child and all of this in a new (unfamiliar) town. It's a rebirth! All of this, driven by the hunt for pain management after a ball pop, drop and a bang. Or was it...?
Would have been great if all injured workers labelled as 'complex cases' were notified of this survey participation call. Thank you to my twitter sister, Everyday AUSSIE @GalGeelong for letting me know. [...]
I'm still fighting for reimbursement of my peripheral and sacral stimulation implants. Insurer X (let's call them that but really what I call them is irrelevant - they're all the same!) are [...]
It means I rose above the monsters and didn't let them defeat me. They didn't get to keep something that belonged to me. Sadly they did destroy Theo's and my most valuable belonging - our home. I'll be adding to this post as the insurer responds to the Medical Panel Opinion which finally arrived and states:
How can there be no simpler way to support an injured worker while they are attempting to return to work? It's disgraceful that any professional could see this process as an acceptable method for help. Of course I'm left to wonder if they're stupidity is indeed blinding them as Franz Kafka suggests.
Worksafe’s Mission is: 'Actively working with the community to deliver outstanding workplace safety and return to work, together with insurance protection.' When speaking with a WorkSafe employee today it was made quite [...]
In my current state of bewilderment, this may be the best way I can describe my life as it is today. I shouldn’t bag a dog’s breakfast, as unlike that which the workers’ [...]