If you are one of the thousands of Australians who are injured at work each year, you may have to spend weeks or even months away from your job.
Recovering from an injury and managing with a reduced income can be extremely stressful.
Victoria has its own workers’ compensation scheme, better known as WorkCover. You may be entitled to have some of your wages and medical expenses covered by WorkCover, provided you have made a WorkCover claim, and that claim has been accepted.
Slater and Gordon have expert workers compensation lawyers located in each of our offices across Victoria. We can help you at any stage of your workers compensation journey.
We can make sure your rights are protected and help you to navigate the WorkCover process. We may also be able to help you to make additional claims for lump sum compensation and investigate if you’re entitled to insurance and income protection benefits under your superannuation fund’s insurance policy.
If you sustain an injury that could be related to your employment, you should:
If your WorkCover claim is accepted, you will be entitled to weekly payments of compensation and reimbursement of your medical and like expenses– this includes things like physiotherapy treatment, and prescribed medications. Remember to keep all receipts related to medical treatment so that you can seek reimbursement for medical expenses from the WorkCover insurer once your claim has been accepted.
You will also be required to provide valid WorkCover Certificates of Capacity every 28 days to continue to receive your weekly payments of compensation.
Injured workers may also be entitled to lump sum compensation in the form of an Impairment Benefit lump sum and a Common Law Damages claim, so if you have been injured at work you should obtain legal advice as soon as possible to find out if you may be entitled to further compensation.
If your claim is initially rejected, do not panic. Injured workers can challenge WorkCover insurer decisions that they disagree with via a process called Conciliation. In Victoria, Conciliation is managed by the Workplace Injury Commission (WIC). You must challenge the adverse decision within 60 days of the date of decision. If you are disputing a decision more than 60 days since receiving the decision, you must provide reasons for late lodgment.
If your claim is rejected, contact the HACSU team immediately and ask for a referral to Slater and Gordon to speak with a lawyer for free and with no obligations.
In addition to workers’ compensation, we also provide discounted legal services and benefits in the following areas:
To access these services, contact HACSU for a referral to Slater and Gordon.