Workplace Injury Claims
How to make a WorkCover claim?
What is Workers Compensation/WorkCover?
Workers Compensation – also known as WorkCover – claims arise when you have suffered an injury at work, resulting in loss of wages, incurring of medical treatment expense or a permanent impairment of body function. Perhaps your claim, if lodged, may have been accepted initially and an adverse decision has now been made or the claim may have been rejected.
What needs to be proven?
LawCall can assist, advise and protect your legal interest. Fault does not have to be proven, although if there is fault, then further additional benefits called ‘common law damages’ may apply subject to certain thresholds being met.
It is important to remember that strict time limits apply in relation to lodging a claim or disputing an adverse decision – if you have any doubts or concerns, call me for clarification at your earliest opportunity. I have over 30 years experience, in this area. Our initial no-obligation consultation is free.
Examples of cases handled.
LawCall has handled many cases arising out of workplace injuries. Some of these cases do not require issue of legal proceedings, which are usually issued out of the South Australian Employment Tribunal (SAET).
Examples of cases that may not require the issue of proceedings, include lump-sum payments for permanent impairment of body function and negotiation of redemptions whereby the liability of the Compensating Authority or Self Insurer is redeemed by payment of a lump sum to the worker.
Some WorkCover cases are accepted on a no win no fee basis.
Cases successfully resolved after issue of legal proceedings, commonly undertaken by lodging an Application at SAET, include rejection of claims; cessation of payment of benefits (income or medical) due to a variety of circumstances; reduction in the amount of benefits paid; and disputes over permanent impairment assessments.
A contribution to legal costs is usually paid by the Compensating Authority or Self Insurer, if proceedings are issued out of SAET.
At LawCall, we discuss the cost/benefit analysis with you of each case we handle, so you are best informed of the potential net benefit in proceeding.