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Everyone has the right to go to work each day, knowing they’ll come home safely. If you’ve been injured or become ill at work you may be entitled to make a claim for workers’ compensation to cover lost wages, medical and rehabilitation costs, retraining expenses or a lump sum payment for permanent injuries.
There have been a lot of changes to arrangements in NSW for seeking workers’ compensation in recent years. You could be forgiven for being a little confused about where to start. After all, workers’ compensation laws and entitlements are already a little hard to keep up with because they vary between states and territories and may be known as WorkCover, CTP or WorkSafe. Compensation and benefits can vary greatly depending on your injury and on the law you’re covered by.
If you’ve been injured at work in NSW, Littles has you covered.
If you’re injured at work, your GP is often the first person you’ll turn to. It’s important that you take this opportunity to provide your doctor with accurate details of the incident, even if those details don’t seem relevant at the time. If there are any issues about the cause of your injury at a later date, your GP may need to know exactly how the work injury happened. If you need any time off work, you should also ask your doctor for a certificate of capacity.
Your approval or denial will come in the form of a decision letter from the workers compensation insurer. If your claim has been rejected, we know this can be tough. Don’t be disheartened – there are other options!These include disputing or appealing the rejection. If you haven’t spoken to or engaged a legal representative already, you are entitled to do so for the dispute process
Some injured employees worry that taking action will give them a bad reputation, cause their employer to reduce their work hours, or cost them their jobs. This is unlawful. If your employer is discriminating against you in such a way, remember that the law can assist you. Need someone on your side? At Littles, we are experts in workers’ compensation lawyers.
If you need time off or cover for medical expenses, or both, you should make a workers’ compensation claim as soon as you can. You will then have to see an independent medical practitioner, who will give the insurance company or self-insured employer their medical opinion (rather than provide you with treatment or advice). The practitioner will also provide a report for insurance purposes.
If you’re injured at work, seek high quality legal advice at the earliest possible opportunity. It’s best to seek advice early so that you can understand all of your options. You may be even be able to run more than one claim if you have TPD insurance under your super.
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IMPORTANT: There are strict time limits for making and disputing a claim, so take advantage of our FREE initial consultation and get in touch. You have nothing to lose by speaking to one of our compensation law experts. The sooner we determine your eligibility to make or appeal a claim, the sooner we can help you to obtain or continue getting funding from the insurer so your rehabilitation can proceed smoothly.
Not only do we offer a FREE initial consultation we handle most insurance claims on a no win, no fee basis. The Head of our NSW team, Jessica Cheung, is an expert in NSW workers’ compensation claims. If you think you might have a claim, reach out to Jessica and her team for high quality legal advice.
Please note that this information is intended to provide general guidance only. You should not act or refrain from acting on the basis of such information. Appropriate professional advice should be sought based upon your individual circumstances. For further information, please contact Littles.
TAC索赔知识库：什么是Serious Injury (“严重伤害” ）? 在维多利亚，若您因别人的过失而发生交通意外，并且能证明您遭受的伤害属于“严重伤害”(Serious injury)，您或许可追讨普通法(Common Law)赋予的一次性赔偿，来弥补您的损失。 “严重伤害”在法律上有一定的标准，目前可通过以下两个方式来达到： 1. 全人障碍(Whole Person Impairment，简称WPI)达到30%或以上 (Deemed test) 当您受伤的情况稳定以后，您将接受专科医生的鉴定，按照特定的标准及测量方式计算您的WPI百分比。如果交通事故委员会（Transport Accident Commission，简称TAC)认同您的WPI为30%或以上，那您将被“视为(deemed)”拥有“严重伤害”。然而，WPI百分比要达到30%或以上比较少见，绝大部分的申请者经专家鉴定后得出的WPI百分比皆少于30%。 2. 通过叙述的方式满足法律的定义 (Narrative...Read More