Workers Compensation New South Wales (NSW)
What is workers compensation?
If you are injured either at work or on your way to or from work in New South Wales, you may be entitled to compensation under the New South Wales workers compensation scheme. You may also be entitled to compensation if you are injured whilst on a break, attending training and business travel for work.
Regardless of whether it is your fault or not, you may still be entitled to receive workers compensation payments, payment of any necessary and reasonable medical expenses including travel expenses to and from your treatment and perhaps pursue a lump sum payment from the workers compensation insurers. Workers Compensation is not a fault based scheme.
When can I claim?
Time limits apply for workers compensation claims in New South Wales, this time limit is three (3) years however, time extensions may be available under some circumstances. It is best not to rely on time extensions and lodge your claim as soon as possible.
If you were injured more than three years ago, please don't hesitate to contact Legal Injury today and one of our experienced staff will talk to you about ways you may be able to make a claim even if the time limit has expired.
How do I claim?
In order to lodge a claim, you must first advise your employer that the incident has occurred and you have sustained a work injury. Even if you don't think your injury is severe at the time, tell your employer as the injury may worsen as your body cools down.
A workers compensation claim should then be lodged with your employer who will advise the relevant insurance company. You will need to supply medical evidence to support your claims that you were injured at work.
You should begin receiving workers compensation payments soon after this. You may be entitled to claim compensation for -
- Medical expenses, such as
- doctors expenses
- surgery expenses
- some pharmaceutical benefits
- Rehabilitation expenses, such as
- Loss of earnings
- Lump Sum Payments
- If your injury is permanent, you may be entitled to make a claim for a lump sum payment. This does not affect your weekly benefits.
Lump sum Compensation
If you have sustained a permanent injury you could be entitled to lump sum compensation, irrespective of fault or responsibility. You should contact Legal Injury today for advice on your particular circumstances and entitlements.
If the injury was sustained as a result of negligence of your employer or another party you may be able to pursue a claim in common law, although there are thresholds and time limits to be considered. You should contact Legal Injury for advice on your situation today.