Work injuries – what you need to know – Part 2

“What help is available to get me through this?”

Toby Tancred can advise you as to whether you are eligible to lodge a workers compensation claim for work injury and can lodge any claims for workers compensation on your behalf.

If you are unable to work, you may be entitled to weekly compensation.

For the first 13 weeks after an injury, as an injured worker you are eligible to receive 95% of your pre-injury weekly earnings.  Up to 130 weeks after a work injury, you are eligible to receive 80% of your pre-injury weekly earnings.

As an injured worker you may continue to receive weekly compensation up to five years after a work injury if you are unable to work.  After five years, as an injured worker you will continue to receive weekly compensation if you have a serious injury and are assessed as an injured worker with high needs.

If you require medical treatment due to your work injury, you may be entitled to payment of your medical expenses and expenses associated with medical treatment such as travel expenses.  As an injured worker, while ever you receive weekly compensation you also receive medical expenses.

Very often, as an injured worker, you might require surgery to help you recover from your work injury.  You are entitled to have a surgeon of your choice perform the surgery and you are entitled to all expenses associated with the surgery including hospital fees and rehabilitation expenses.

Injured workers can find dealing with insurers and the workers compensation scheme complicated and time consuming.  Often an insurer will tell an injured worker that it is not going to pay for medical treatment.  As an injured worker you are entitled to be advised by Toby Tancred.  The Workers Compensation Independent Review Office (WIRO) can assist by providing funding for this legal advice.

WIRO provides funding to approved Solicitors to investigate the claim, provide advice to you as an injured worker, and deal with the employer and insurer on your behalf.  Toby Tancred is a WIRO accredited Solicitor and a Law Society Personal Injury Accredited Specialist with the experience, knowledge and ability to help all injured workers in difficult times