Mmmh, we believe The Age is spot on, and we would dare go a little further and call workcover Vic (and possibly many more workcover authorities) a vexatious litigant! And considering the magnitude of its profits!
Workcover Vic is a litigant which loses at least 80% of the applications it contests!
WorkSafe Victoria a habitual litigant, says chief judge
The County Court’s chief judge has warned WorkSafe Victoria to be more realistic about its legal battles against workers applying for compensation, which he says are putting pressure on the court.
Workers claiming compensation from their employers for an injury sustained in the workplace must first apply to WorkSafe to determine that it is serious.
Chief judge Michael Rozenes lashed out at WorkSafe in the court’s annual report on Tuesday, criticising the number of challenges it mounts.
”I continue to hope that in the future greater consideration is given, and a more realistic assessment of the prospects of success conducted, before litigation that is both costly and time consuming is proceeded with.”
A WorkCover spokesman said more than 90 per cent of more than 2500 serious injury applications in 2012-13 were resolved without the need for the court to consider the applications.