Our workers’ compensation practice is limited to acting for workers injured in New South Wales, or, on occasions, workers covered under the Comcare system.
Work related injuries can be devastating. The stages involved in making a claim, in dealing with the insurers, and in trying to return to work can be a minefield.
For most injured workers, the first steps are to make claims under the regimes established by the Workers Compensation Act 1987 (NSW) and the Work Injury Management and Workers Compensation Act 1998 (NSW). The NSW government publishes a great deal of useful information on the State Insurance Regulatory Authority website
We focus on providing constructive, compassionate advice and representation.
When injured at work, the first steps are to seek medical assistance to treat the injury, and to notify your employer of the injury.
You should obtain a WorkCover Certificate of Capacity, which details the injury and any limitations, and ensure that your employer’s workers compensation insurer is notified of the injury. Your employer should notify the insurer on your behalf. If they do not, you can submit your claim to the insurer directly.
You should ensure that your employer has provided all relevant documentation as to your capacity (including certificates to the effect you are unable to work) as well as information relating to expenses, fees and bills associated with your injury.
Assuming the claim is processed without complications, the insurer is required to start making payments (known as provisional payments) while they process the claim. They are required to advise the injured worker of this fact. The provisional payments will cover up to 12 weeks of lost income and an initial amount for medical expenses.
The making of provisional payments does not mean that the insurer has accepted liability. It is simply a period in which the insurer is required to pay while it makes that determination.
If liability is accepted, the insurer will then continue to make payments to cover:
In claims for payments of statutory entitlements for NSW workers, we are paid from a grant issued by Workers Compensation Independent Review Office (WIRO) under the Independent Legal Assistance and Review Service (ILARS) scheme.
The purpose of ILARS funding is to ensure that injured workers are able to:
The grant of funding will cover the cost of medical reports and clinical notes, as well as providing funding, in appropriate cases, for the lawyer to obtain further reports consistent with the proper conduct and preparation of the claim.
To start a claim, you will need to supply information regard:
Other information may also be required to support your claim.