This was one of the hardest interviews I ever had with a
family of an injured worker. You see he resorted to taking his own life, all
because he could no longer take the cruel treatment of the Workers Compensation
Board. His widow told me the abusive WCB process was worst than the pain from
his injuries, she said it was constant intimidation, informing him he was going
to be cut off benefits and that was one promise they did keep.
The reason it was so difficult for me, his widow opened up a photo album and commenced showing me the life she and her husband had before his workplace accident. The last two pages were about his death and how it ended.She wanted you to see for yourself.
This my fellow Nova Scotians and Canadians, his how John ended his life and all because his caseworker decided she had every right to over rule the medical evidence provided by three attending physicians . Oh yes , Johns widow did end up with a payout , but only because Johns doctors threatened to go public and hold a news conference.
Johns widow is remarried now, but she did offer me this picture today to post on my site and it is her wish that more families come forward and tell their story about how they suffered at the hands of the WCB. She knows for a fact that there are many more just like her husband who has committed suicide while in the WCB Program .
I will be meeting a few more time with Johns widow to go through his WCB files, she tells me that the documents in her deceased husbands file speak for themselves and that she wants all of them to be posted. She told me that she went to the media with her story, but she was told that her story was best kept within the family. How many more families of injured workers who committed suicide were told the same ?
This story will continue ..