It has come to our attention that resources relating to workers compensation (workcover) in two jurisdictions – NT and VIC – have recently been released.
I recently had the pleasure to make contact with the personal injury lawyer who recently commented on our site under the nickname Paragon (formerly ****88). One of the issues I raised was (and is) that workers comp lawyers aren’t offering much legal input on this forum /blog in response to the plight of injured workers. Paragon explains the reason(s) behind it, and perhaps more importantly has generously offered to contribute to our site as a volunteer, and help offer solutions to those injured workers who need help at the most desperate moments.
We have blogged about return to work plans numerous times, but a general summary may be of use. The essence of this post is that return to work plans that are staged and developed together with the injured worker give injured workers a greater chance to return to work, quickly and safely and in a durable manner. This article also covers the VIC return to work dispute process (dedicated to ‘Porsche47’).
If you are awarded a workcover payment, such as a settlement for pain and suffering and/or past and future economic loss, Centrelink is required by law to take workcover compensation payments into account when determining eligibility for most Centrelink payments.
Just a reminder that WorkSafe Victoria ( Victorian WorkCover Authority) has stated that as of 1 March 2015, the new certificate of capacity will be mandatory if injured workers are to receive their weekly payments when off work.
According to WorkSafe Victoria (now called the Victorian WorkCover Authority) they take all independent medical examiner (IME) complaints seriously. They claim to review and respond to each complaint received from an injured worker. Outlined in this post is the complaints handling process for IMEs, as well as the IME Service Standards and their “Declaration”…
For a variety of different reasons, injured workers on the WorkCover system want or need to move interstate. Quite often, understandably, injured workers lack the ability, resources or support to properly look after themselves whilst injured, and feel that they need to reside interstate with family, partner or friends, at least until they recover. The question asked is what happens to an injured worker’s claim and weekly pay when they move interstate?
We have recently received a number of questions re super and TPD, and as promised, this article covers in detail how an injured worker can access (unlock early) superannuation and/or make a Total Temporary (TTD) or Permanent Disability (TPD) insurance claim. We have also included frequently asked questions and some additional tips.
If you have a problem with your lawyer, don’t be afraid to complain about your lawyer.
Many injured workers are scared to complain when things go wrong and are confused, not only about their legal entitlements but also about the complaints system. In this article, we’ll run you through the process of how you can make a complaint against your (rogue) lawyer in Australia.
If anyone has had, or is having, difficulties dealing with a trauma related stress (e.g PTSD), and they are available to physically attend either UNSW Campuses at Randwick or Westmead Hospital, it is definitely worth getting involved with their Traumatic Stress Clinic program.