This article is here to demystify Workers Compensation and guide you on how to pursue a Workers Compensation claim.

What is Worker Compensation?

Until you need Workers Compensation, it’s likely that you won’t know all the much about it, so to make it clear, here’s an overview of what workers compensation is, as stated by Fair Work Australia:

Workers compensation is a form of insurance payment to employees if they are injured at work or become sick due to their work.

Workers compensation includes payments to employees to cover their:

  • wages while they’re not fit for work
  • medical expenses and rehabilitation

Employers in each state or territory have to take out workers compensation insurance to cover themselves and their employees.

Workers Compensation is Australia wide, but there are regulators in each state which you will have to contact should you need to make a claim. All of those can be found here.

5 Step Process of Making a Claim For Worker Compensation

1. Report your injury (swap with #2 depending on your injuries)

As soon as an incident occurs, you should make a report with your employer. Every employer is required, by law, to have an accident register for you to fill in. If you do not report the injury within 30 days of it occurring, your claim might get rejected.

2. Seek treatment (swap with #1 depending on your injuries)

Whether your injury is minor or severe, you must go to the doctor as soon as possible so that you can determine the extent of the injury and get confirmation of your injury from a medical professional, which will be used in your case.

3. Get a Certificate of Capacity

At your doctors’ appointment, you will need to let your doctor know that you need a Certificate of Capacity; the name of this certificate can differ from state to state, but if you let them know it is for a Workers Compensation claim, they will provide you with the right document. This will detail your diagnosis, as well as your capacity for work.

4. Ask for a Workers Compensation form

You can get a Workers Compensation form from your employer or your doctor. If you don’t know how to fill out a workers compensation form, it may be worth asking your employer or doctor or seeking legal advice to make sure it is done properly.

This should be done within six months since your injury, and if you leave your employment, it must be done before you go.

5. Submit your Workers Compensation form

One filled in, simply submit your Workers Compensation claim form, as well as your Certificate of Capacity to your employer, and keep a copy of both for your records.

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