Knight of Mars, Beater of Ass. (dazeydevyne) wrote in bad_service,
Knight of Mars, Beater of Ass.
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Bad Governement Service (is there any other kind?)

So, around Remeberance Day (Nov. 11) I ended up with severe tendonitis because of work.  On November 15, I got to see a doctor, and he told me I had to take time off to recover.  I was off for 2 and a half weeks, and was able to go back on December 4. (I work in a tree nursery)  Because there aren't that many jobs that I can do without reinjuring my wrists, I got laid off (everyone else will be next week, anyway) after 2 hours (but was paid for 4).  Stuff happens, no big deal, right?

Except that I have to go through Worker's Compensation to recover the 12 day's missed wages.  Obviously, with Christmas coming and a 10 year old, I need that money. I submitted all my reports as soon as possible, even the 11 page monster that really wasn't a good thing for my wrists (took me 3 hours to write it all, and it hurt like a bitch!) And now, I'm told that they won't even decide on my claim untl they've done a site check. On December 13, nearly a full month after I got sent home.  And THEN they have to do all the analysis after that, so I figure it'll be another week or so before they decide and I get any money.  That will mean that, between Nov. 13 and Dec. 20, I'll have brought in a whopping $300 bucks. 

On top of that, since I was laid off, I have to apply for unemployment. I did that on Thursday.  Apparently, I made a typo on my online application with my Social Insuance number.  They called to verify the correct one, I told them, and now they tell me I have to re-submit the whole thing.  WHY, exactly, can't they just fix it in their system?  Yes, I made the mistake, but it was an honest one, and nothing major that they couldn't fix themselves.

So, in closing, I'm sure that all of this is just Government beauracracy in action, and that at least in one case, it was my own damn fault, but how do they expect someone to survive this way?  I'm just glad that I had money saved, and that my parents are understanding, or we would literally be starving right now.  You'd think that when it came to injured workers and their money, an agency "committed" to helping them would be a little more... um... helpful?

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