I’ve now been managing injured workers in my clinical setting for nearly 10 years, and have been working as a consultant to an Insurance Company for the past 2 years. It was an interesting change in direction that a lot of my colleagues considered quite out of character for one of their counterparts.
There was no end to the comments suggesting that there was without question an “Us” and “Them” mentality between the clinical world and the insurance world. It wasn’t until I spent some time in my role that I started to get a true indication of how many different people there are involved and how many of them all see one another as “Us” and “Them”.
So if you have ever been involved in a Workers Comp situation or may know someone who has, I wonder if you have ever considered the extent to which different people can be involved and how many people can be influenced by the situation, sometimes positively, but unfortunately, it is often the other way.
So, it has been a big part of my past two years to help my patients and others unravel some of the seemingly complex nature of the situation. Once there is a bit of light shed on things, it is a jungle that can actually be navigated more easily than most realise.
I often blog about the importance of communicating with your Physio or Health Care Provider, but when you are in a Workers Comp setting, you really want to be sure that your Health Care Worker is communicating with the other important people in your universe.
Just because you have a workplace injury, it doesn’t mean you aren’t allowed to play a role in the process of navigating through that jungle.
Talk to your people and make sure they are talking to each other. It is one of the most valuable things that could possibly happen.
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