I'm basically posting this to see if anyone has any idea on what the law is with workplace injury. It's for for my mum, I don't get along with her all that well, but I hate seeing wrong done to her.
Last year in April she was told to use a piece of machinery that she hadn't used before. When she turned it on she found it hard to control and the people there laughed at her. She forced it to go in the direction she needed it to go, which fractured her wrist. Work did nothing about this, she had to get the medical care herself.
The physio has been doing what they can to strengthen it, but she's in her 60's and it's taking a long time. It has also caused a secondary injury to her shoulder. She was placed on light duties, as the doctor and physio recommended, but has now been told not to come in at all because it's not fair on everyone else. Her supervisor has been constantly calling her asking when she'll be coming back full time. She's done all the things Work Cover asked of her and it's all above board.
Last week she was called to a meeting at work and told if she doesn't return full time on full duties (it's a very physical job) by April, her job would no longer be there for her. Apparently they can legally terminate her employment.... this doesn't sound right to me. It was an injury caused by lack of training at the workplace. She has also suffered mentally because she's cooped up in the house all day. She WANTS to go back to work, but the last time she tried it caused further strain and put her back weeks..
She's so upset. I'm trying to talk her into going to see a lawyer, but she's just so low she's damn near suicidal. There's only so much I can do for her as I don't live close by.
Does it sound right to you? What would you do in this situation?