In the interest of all people working in British Columbia
with a disability I feel it is my duty to inform people of my situation in the
hope that this does not happen to any one else. Here is my story in a nut
a.. I was injured on the job. I also suffer from
Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
b.. WCB sent me to physiotherapy, then
occupational rehabilitation (OR1), I was not ready to be discharged from OR1
when my WCB case manager told me that I had to go to OR2 and that if I did not
go, all wage loss benefits would be stopped, I attended OR2 and was repeatedly
threatened by Injury Management staff to perform exercises or they would call
case manager and wage loss benefits would be stopped, During this I was
suffering from internal bleeding and told that they (OR2 and WCB) did not care
about my disease, I left the OR2 clinic worse than when I went there.
c.. My Dr ordered an MRI of injured area but WCB denied this diagnostic
d.. WCB ordered a bone scan of my spine and chest which came
back normal, They then discontinued wage loss stating that my problems are not
related to injury but more likely were caused by my pre-existing condition, At
this point I was vomiting blood.
e.. I then was forced onto Medical EI
while I appealed WCB decision.
f.. I went to HRDC Career Center
Federally Funded Job Search and participated in numerous workshops for 9 months
when my career counsellor informed me that there was nothing they could do to
assist me as I have a job to return to, I to date cannot get medical clearance
to return to this job for medical reasons.
g.. During this time I had
approximately 5 CT scans, numerous x-rays, blood work, 1 ultrasound, 1
colonoscopy, 1 endoscopy, I was told I could not have injured myself to this
extent and it was my disease causing the problems or I possibly had Lymphoma.
h.. Then WCB appeal went through and I was sent to 2 specialists one of
whom ordered another bone scan. The results came back as possible fracture of
T- 4 vertebrae and my WCB claim was re-opened pending a CT scan ( my Dr had
been ordering an MRI every 2 weeks for over a year). CT scan came back as
normal and I was sent to WCB Pain Clinic.
i.. At WCB Pain Clinic their
Dr ordered an MRI of my thoracic and cervical spine, WCB denied this and I was
again psychologically and physically tortured, I left the pain clinic worse
than when I went there.
j.. WCB discontinued all assistance at this
point, once again placing me on Medical EI and, once again, I went to Career
Center for assistance. They told me, as I was injured on the job, it is WCB's
responsibility to assist me with vocational rehab.
k.. I had to go to
my Dr and get a requisition for an MRI and pay for it myself $875, (MSP wait
list is >2years,and as it is work related WCB are responsible) The MRI
clearly identifies the problem (2 disc herniations impacting nerves and spinal
cord) and when I shared this info with WCB they simply said prove it was part
of the original injury.
l.. Currently I have NO INCOME and I am waiting
to see a Neurosurgeon and I am unable to return to employment.
summary I feel like I have been and still am being tortured for having a
disability and getting injured on the job. I have all information,dates, times,
names etc. of all people I have talked to from all organizations and nobody
seems to know who, what, when, where or how I can get assistance with this
I have proof of WCB case manager, medical advisor, medical and
rehabilitation staff doing the following: - falsification or removal of
medical evidence or other documentation to base decisions to deny medical
treatment and assistance - biased medical reports - intimidation, or
harassment - inappropriate medical or psychological evaluations -
verbal, physical pychological and emotional abuse of injured workers by workers
compensation employees or medical staff - fabrication of false