Here is some great news for injured workers from QLD -the grossly unfair common law threshold have recently been wound back and finalised! The new Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 was passed by Parliament on 17 September 2015 and assented yesterday (24 Sept 2015)!
Thousands of New South Wales workers could be stopped from accessing lump sum workers compensation payments they need for financial stability. A recent decision in the NSW Court of Appeal, in Cram Fluid Power V Green, means seriously injured workers can no longer top up their initial lump sum payments if their condition deteriorates.
Thousands of injured workers will benefit, but thousands more will miss out, from a modest workcover NSW reform package announced by the NSW government on August 4.
A billion-dollar workers compensation package has been announced in a winding back of some of the measures that stripped New South Wales’ workers of entitlements. Is this true or are we dreaming? Perhaps let’s wait for the fine print!
We receive a lot of questions re Comcare, particularly on how decisions can be disputed. Many Comcare decisions can be disputed, such as rejection of the claim, decisions to cease your benefits or a decision not to pay for certain medical treatment and/or pay you lump sum compensation for your permanent impairment, and even unreasonable decisions re your RTW.
Minister for Finance, Services and Property Dominic Perrottet announced on 17 July the preliminary results of a “comprehensive” survey of injured workers focusing on their experiences with the NSW workers compensation system.
Our workcover system is not about care, compassion, truth, justice, fairness, equity or even honesty! It’s about money and power; about workcover insurance companies who will stoop to the lowest of levels to minimise their liabilities in every workcover case. In their eyes, injured workers are
oxygen money thieves that suck in their mighty dollar profits!
According to insurancenews.com.au, the Queensland Government has introduced new legislation to soften its workers’ compensation QLD laws. Hopefully it will be passed!
We refer to our Legal Question section, where a couple of questions have been posted regarding redemption under the old and new WorkCover (Return to Work) SA legislation. Redemption agreements have positive but also negative consequences and our SA injured workers need to be well-informed before accepting (or rejecting) a redemption.
Many people may not realise that workcover insurance firms are actually in the business to earn money. As such, they learned long ago how to leverage situations so that they are able to delay and deny rightful workcover claims and benefits. Many insurers attempt to use stall tactics in an attempt to frustrate the injured worker enough to get away with not paying claims.