“It is very frustrating because I am not getting the help I need, they are denying me treatment for my health issues, and they are denying it because of my weight.”
A former BC health care aide is refusing to give up her six year old fight with the Worker’s Compensation Board over money for weight loss.
Alison Fleming, 59, of Creston says she can’t get the back surgery she desperately needs until she loses weight.
She was denied compensation for a weight loss program and nutritional allowance.
“It makes me angry, yes I am short and I’m over weight, I was going to the gym before this all happened, and now I can’t go to the gym, I can’t work out, I can’t do anything, so yes I am going to gain more weight. I am not getting the help I need; they are denying me treatment for my health issues.”
She says she is suffering from debilitating back pain.
“There is so much I can’t do, if I sit down on the floor, I can’t get up, hang on.. I’m sorry this is very… I have to crawl over to a piece of furniture to pull myself up, because I can’t get up off the floor, I can only walk so far, and then I am in major pain, I need some sort of help.”
Fleming filed a petition in BC Supreme Court, after her claim was rejected by the board and the appeal tribunal.
Court documents show the Workers Compensation Appeal Tribunal rejected it because they say she was obese prior to the injury, constituting a pre-existing condition.
In an affidavit, Vice Chair Beatrice Anderson also says she has difficulty considering nutritional supplements and a dietary plan as medical treatment.