Workcover VIC what happens after 52 weeks?

Many Victorian injured workers have asked us what will happen to their job after they have been on weekly payments for a period of 52 weeks (1 year), and, most importantly, will they be sacked. Workcover Vic legistlation states that your boss (your employer) must offer you suitable work for the first 52 weeks after your work injury.

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MitigatingTheDamages

Duty to mitigate your loss – very important in workcover cases

We have written about it many times  (see for example “Mitigation of Damages“), but perhaps it’s time to re-highlight that an injured person who makes a claim for compensation is actually required to take all reasonable steps to mitigate his or her loss. So what does this actually mean?

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Workcover et al may Google YOU too!

Did you know that the success of your work injury case also depends on your credibility. That is: that you are honest, are being trusted and believed in, in what you say and…do. This is especially true when you have an injury that is not (very) visible to the naked eye; for example a heart condition, a psychological injury, and even a back injury. So what you say and do, and whether you are believed is extremely important as this can make you win or loose your case.

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surveillance

I was a private investigator, spying for insurance companies

Surveillance of injured workers  (and other claimants) is still rife and not (often) justified either, according to a very recent article on ABC News.

“In each case, I’d ask the claims officer what prompted the decision to track this claimant. Often the reasons were quite subjective.

“Her tone of voice last time we spoke was really suss,” one manager told me.

“I just get the sense there’s something dodgy about him,” said another.

Sometimes the only reason given was that the claim was taking a long time and was expensive. Surveillance was regularly ordered without evidence of a problem.”

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