Finally a publication on the bureaucratic battle for adequate injury compensation! Whiplash is a common injury generating up to 60,000 claims each year in Australia. No injured party should have to endure what Colin Caudell experienced at the hands of bureaucrats and health professionals.
(Caloundra, AUSTRALIA )- Writer Colin Caudell today announced the release of the highly anticipated Whiplash - More than just a pain in the neck (ISBN # 9781742840512), the story of one person’s lonely and painful journey after suffering serious whiplash from a car accident. The book will be officially launched Monday 29th August at 10am, Caloundra Library, by the Shadow Minister for Health & State Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle MP.
The book aims to provide assistance and guidelines for victims and their families who may be confronted with having to make a WorkCover or third party insurance claim.
“The experience of claiming a WorkCover benefit and making a third party insurance claim was demeaning,” says Colin. “Government agencies appear to care little for the health and future welfare of injured workers or victims of motor accidents. They are left to fend for themselves with little or no support and insufficient coverage to pay for future health care.”
In as many as 40% of whiplash-related cases, the symptoms persist for years and little science exists for its treatment.
“In the two years since the accident I have suffered pain throughout my body, been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder and major depression, have been restricted in my ability to work and unable to pursue those social activities and hobbies I once enjoyed. However from the beginning I was told that the pain was all in my head and that I should return to work and get on with my life.”
Being told from the beginning that the pain was simply just imagined, the book is about justice and closure – and letting other victims know they are not alone on their journey.
“In my journey I felt alone. I was told to go back to work and get on with my life. No answers existed which a lay person could read and understand. The police report was inaccurate, and little information existed in making a WorkCover or third party insurance claim,” says Colin Caudell.
It took Colin three months before he could obtain meaningful treatment and even then WorkCover eventually succeeded in stopping the program. The insurance company took 14 months to arrange a medical examination with a specialist with little expertise in the field of my injury.
“In my search for treatment options I became involved in the research program at the University of Queensland Centre for National Research on Disability and Rehabilitation Medicine (CONROD). I am truly thankful for their help and guidance in establishing an exercise program to assist in my recovery.”
‘This is a compelling read for professionals, those with similar experiences, family members and the general public. It cuts to the heart of the problem – that serious injury is isolating and lonely. Colin delivers a strong message that will enable others to feel like they are not alone.’ Catherine Cleary, Psychologist, Buderim Qld.
Colin Caudell was born in Brisbane in 1949. His fruitful and multi-pronged career included the role as Councillor to the City of Marion, and as member of the South Australian Parliament. In his capacity, he chaired the parliamentary committee into the Oil Industry and was author of a paper on Benzene and Aromatics in unleaded petrol. In 2005 he returned to Queensland. Whilst working for Ray White Caloundra, he was involved in a motor vehicle accident. He was diagnosed with late whiplash syndrome, carpal tunnel, post traumatic stress disorder and major depression.
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