Thanks to @grathom (via Twitter) it has come to our attention that WorkCover NSW has printed a new, mighty shiny, glossy and misleading brochure! The brochure is called “Fixing the Workcover Scheme” and boasts faster recovery, better benefits, stronger economy. The pamphlet describes two [catastrophic] cases of “higher benefits” attributed to the new 20% “generous” impairment threshold’s “benefits”. How twisted! It really makes the new scheme look so rosy and wonderful!
Fixing the workcover NSW scheme – misleading glossy, rosy, new brochure
Severely injured employee A construction worker, aged 50, is very seriously injured with C4 tetraplegia [= total paralysis from neck down!] spinal cord injury (around 90 per cent WPI). His salary was $76,000 ($1,462 per week). Under the old scheme, (and at this rate of remuneration) he would have been entitled to $38,012 in benefits in the first 26 weeks at a rate of $1,462, and a further $393,575 in weekly benefits to retirement age (at $432 a week). The overall benefits would amount to an estimated $431,587. If this same injury occurred to a construction worker under the new scheme, he would be entitled to benefits of $18,055 in the first 13 weeks at a weekly rate of $1,388.90, followed by 117 weeks at $1,169.60 per week, and a further weekly payment of $1,169.60 until retirement.
less seriously injured and on benefits for over ten years (transitional)
A nurse, single and aged 35 and earning $80,000 ($1,538.46 wk), was seriously assaulted at work11 years ago, suffering multiple fractures and a brain injury.
Under the old scheme, she would have been entitled to $39,999 in benefits over the first 26 weeks (at $1,538 per week), followed by $432 per week until retirement if the injury prevented a return to work.
The overall benefits would amount to approximately $770,924.
Under the new scheme, her payments will increase to $725 pw until retirement, if the injury is assessed to be greater than 20 per cent WPI, and it is confirmed she is unable to return to work. Total benefits up to retirement would amount to up to $1.067 million. [Read the IF and IF it is confirmed that...]