Fact, under the current economic climate, many companies are currently laying off a record number of workers. One just has to look at the recent developments in the Australian car industry. We believe that there are quite a few injured workers out there who are literally “hiding” their injuries, working through their pain, or staying on some sort of restricted duties, and not filing a workcover claim, out of fear for being the next target for a redundancy.
Well, the good news is that , if you are injured at work, you can be paid out a redundancy AND receive weekly pay from workcover at the same time! But you need to lodge that workcover claim BEFORE you are made redundant!
Workcover and redundancy – you can be paid out a redundancy and receive weekly pay
Many injured workers are petrified they will be targets for redundancy. Countless injured workers are also very scared that, once they have lodged a workcover claim, it will be much more difficult to find a new job, as many employers are really reluctant to hire employees with a history of injury (illness) because of potential liability issues if they aggravate their injury. You are also more likely to be questioned by an employer if you have been on restricted, light or modified duties in your past job.
If you are specifically asked in writing and you don’t inform your new employer that you have been injured, and you then go on to aggravate that injury, WorkCover will not cover you.
If you injured yourself at work but did not lodge a workcover claim out of fear for being the next target for a redundancy and as such in order to “protect” your job, but are made redundant, you WILL lose your right to lodge a workcover claim, except in the rarest of cases. This means that you won’t have anything to fall back on after your redundancy package has been spent, no weekly pay if you can’t work because of your injury, and not even your medical treatment/bills paid!
In addition to weekly pay and medical treatment you are also entitled to “rehabilitation” which may include retraining and assistance to help you find a new job! Something that many (injured) workers forget and would find difficult doing in their own.
The above applies to WorkCover Victoria.
[Post dictated by WCV and manually transcribed on behalf of WCV]