I ruptured two discs in my neck while trying to stop an autistic boy hurting himself and I am now unable to do my former job.
He was normally a good kid and I really enjoyed my work as a Special Needs Education Assistant at my local primary school. But one day he lost it and hit me with a computer keyboard, so I had to take him to the time out area.
On the way, he tried to drop his legs from beneath him and slump to the floor, but I tried to catch him and in doing so damaged my spine.
I had an operation to fuse three of my neckbones together, but there was nothing they could do about the damage that had been done to my nerves by the protruding squashed discs. So I now have constant pain in both shoulders and all the way down my left arm. My fingertips are numb and tingly and I get a lot of muscle spasms.
Even worse than the pain, the insomnia and the depression is the hassle of dealing with the Workers Compensation "system". This seems not to be designed to help injured workers, but to support the incomes of doctors, lawyers and the bureaucrats who administer the system.
My accident was three and a half years ago. In that time, I have been required to attend consultations with 23 doctors, each of whom has been paid -no doubt very well- for their services. One psychiatrist I saw earned $1 900 for chatting to me for an hour and then writing a single page report! But I am still waiting for a lump sum compensation payout, and struggling to get by on a Disability Support Pension.
I put my body on the line to prevent injury to a child. There is no justice!