The Pain Of It

I had a work accident that has caused my both feet to pain when ever i walk on them , and have had to put up with it for 3yrs now, and so walking and standing is a painful experiance everyday, plus i have oain in my back from the accident and both just get worse as time moves on, with the feet nothing can be done, with back they wont attempt much as i get bad twitiches that would be dangerous if happened during an operation, , and sometimes which can cause your whole body to ache and pain in most joints, yes i know how pain effects peoples lives and then the disbelief of others and yeah it gets you down and you feel depressed and lonely, as others can`t understand how bad it is to suffer some sort of pain everyday you live.

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2 Responses Mar 16, 2010

Definitely don't hold your breath waiting for an insurance settlement, mate! I worked for the Western Australian government and unfortunately it seems that government departments value their workers' health even less than those in private industry. If your state government did not even try to reassign you suitable work, then you may indeed have a claim against them for breach of their duty of care. But don't forget that they have enough resources to engage the slipperiest and least moral of lawyers, who will take delight in screwing you blind.<br />
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As much as I support unions and the principles of unionism, comrade, I would recommend that you seek legal advice from an outside source, if you are able to afford it. My own union lawyer had a case-load of over 300 compensation claims, and reckoned the next one he filed was going to be his own, his stress levels were so high.<br />
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I am pleased to read that you are the kind of person who will keep fighting to the last. I admit that I ws forced by pain, poverty, depression and dirty legal wranglings to give in and settle for a paltry payment, and I hope you have more fortitude than me. It is a very tough road.

It pains me to read of your pain, Kev. Given that your injury was sustained at work, I hope you have received some form of compensation payment, or are at least in the process of claiming one? Having myself endured nearly four years of frustration -on top of the pain and incapacity- of dealing with the worker's compensation system, this issue hits many raw nerves with me.<br />
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You mention "the disbelief of others", which I presume to be a reference to the widespread suspicion that injured workers are attempting to defraud the insurers. Unfortunately this has taken hold in our communities in recent decades, following publicity about high-profile insurance scams, and no doubt helped along by the insurance companies themselves. <br />
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A private investigator was hired to inquire into my own case, and I have heard of instances in which a carton of beer is placed on an injured worker's doorstep and their bell rung, with a video-camera running in a car with tinted windows parked across the street. When the worker bends down to pick up the beer, their compensation claim for chronic back pain evaporates in an eyebl<x>ink.<br />
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Of course, the real "insurance scam" is perpetrated by the doctors, lawyers and bureaucrats who make a highly-paid living out of deliberately delaying, frustrating and depressing injured workers in their struggle for justice, so that the worker will usually settle for far less in compensation than they genuinely deserve. My former employer spent considerably more to defend my claim than I have agreed to settle for.<br />
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I hope you can find ways to stay strong in your pain-wracked world, my friend. The pain-killers and the TENS machine don't work for me either, as the source of my pain is damaged nerves, rather than muscle, joint or connective tissue. <br />
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The only thing that gives me any kind of relief from my symptoms is a process of mental distraction, wherein I focus as acutely as I can on something *good* that is happening in my life. Sometimes the physical sensation of my pain can become relegated to a kind of background 'noise' as I concentrate on the more positive sensual delights that are still available to me.<br />
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Best of luck in dealing with your difficult situation.