Stuck in workers’ compensation, visa nightmare: Assault at work leaves international student in a wheelchair
“I remember a very strong blow. And then, even though I wasn’t fully conscious, my eyes weren’t open, I felt the kicks and punches,” Ms Molina recalls.
When the attack finally ended, I was unconscious on the ground…I opened my eyes and didn’t know where I was. I did not understand what had happened to me. Everything hurt me, my body hurt, my face hurt.
Francy Molina, international student injured at work.
“When I arrived, I said to my girlfriend, ‘Sweetheart, something happened to me’. And I started crying. And I said, ‘I don’t know what happened to me. happened, I don’t know if I passed out, I don’t know, but I’m very tired. And then I couldn’t move. After that, I couldn’t move. is just…arrested,” she said.
A resident of the establishment would have revealed his participation in the incident
Medical reports seen by SBS Spanish indicate that Ms Molina suffered a fracture to the right side of her face and bruises to her torso.
Ms Molina’s employer also claims to have paid her additional fees immediately after the incident to help cover her expenses.
The “invisible” wound
However, she complains that the amount she receives is not comparable to the income she earned before she was injured.
For months, Francy Molina had to use a wheelchair to get around.
But a new battle began for Ms Molina at the end of 2021 when, faced with the continued deterioration of her health and constant hospitalizations, she was told that she could possibly suffer from a functional neurological disorder (FND).
However, she says what weighs on her most is that WorkCover Queensland has not yet accepted her diagnosis of FND and so she has not started treatment for it.
I’m trying to move heaven and earth to get treatment. WorkCover was quite complicated. I know it’s complicated, but they made my life more difficult than the incident itself.
Francy Molina, Colombian student.
“It depends on how you intervene, when you intervene, and what type of treatment you receive,” says Dr. Pereyra.
In a statement, a spokesperson said: “WorkCover aims to make a decision on claims within 20 working days. However, in some cases it may take longer if we cannot obtain the correct information to make this decision.
After an accident at work, workers on temporary visas face more obstacles
Mr. Berkman further noted that Ms. Molina’s case clearly illustrated how WorkCover was not really designed to support workers, but rather sought to minimize costs wherever possible. And that, he added, has become even more evident when it comes to workers on temporary visas.
By excluding migrant workers and international students, the cost of WorkCover to the government is minimized.
Queensland Greens MP Michael Berkman.
Mr Berkman says he believes Ms Molina’s case is an example of the need for urgent reform of the workers’ compensation system, to ensure support for all workers, regardless of status visa.
This reform must go through the federal government. But I am very interested in continuing to use this example to show the Minister that he needs to expand WorkCover and make it more widely available and ensure that everyone working in Queensland has the right support.
While adequate care is essential for anyone facing temporary or permanent incapacity as a result of an accident at work, for Australian temporary visa holders, having access to medical care and receiving income support can also make a difference. between being able to stay or having to leave the country. .
Uncertain future in Australia
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