In this information sheet we explain your rights if you have been injured at work, payments you are entitled to and your treatment options.
If you have been injured at work, your rights to compensation may include:
· Medical expenses
· Weekly payments of compensation
· Domestic assistance for tasks you used to complete but now cannot
· Lump sum compensation for a permanent injury
Yes. You can choose your own GP, as well as your own specialist or physiotherapist for treatment.
· Your GP should list the treatment you need in your Certificate of Capacity
· Within the first 48 hours after your injury you do not need approval from the insurer to see your GP.
Provisional weekly payments should start within 7 days after notification.
· No approval is necessary to see a specialist, eg, an orthopaedic surgeon within the first 3 months provided your GP has referred you
· If referred by your GP, plain x-rays do not need pre-approval if performed with in the first 2 weeks
· If referred by your GP along with a referral to a medical specialist you do not need approval for an ultrasound, CT scan or MRI within the first 3 months
· Within the first month you do not need approval for prescription drugs and over the counter pharmacy items prescribed by your GP
· All other treatment should be approved by the insurer
· You can receive 8 sessions with a physiotherapist on referral from your GP if treatment begins within 3 months of the injury without pre-approval
Yes. You can claim for Domestic Assistance of up to 6 hours/week for 3 months to assist with tasks you used to do but now cannot, such as cleaning, laundry, gardening, mowing.
Workers compensation is a complicated area of Law that is constantly changing. If your injury does not seem to be improving or you have any questions about the workers compensation system, please contact us at the Law Office of Conrad Curry.