November 16, 2023
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If you’ve recently suffered through a workplace injury, you may have found yourself wondering about Workers’ Compensation—what it means and whether or not you’re eligible.
Workplace injuries and accidents can happen to anyone in any occupation or industry. When these unfortunate incidents occur, legal rights and support are usually in place as a barrier of protection. Here in NSW, the Workers’ Compensation system can provide financial and medical assistance to Workers who suffer from work-related injuries or illnesses. Nevertheless, it can feel overwhelming if you need to understand how it applies to your own work injury scenario.
In this article, we’ll attempt to provide some broad information surrounding Workers’ Compensation in NSW, explaining how it works and who is eligible.
In NSW, icare is a NSW Government agency which provides both insurance and some care services to injured Workers.
Although all employers are required to hold a valid workers compensation insurance policy, should an employer not have a valid policy in place, an injured worker can still make a claim through the Uninsured Liability Scheme.
Support may be provided in areas such as the following:
The State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) is the NSW Government agency responsible for regulating the NSW workers compensation system.
If you’re injured at work, you should notify your employer as soon as possible.
Your employer should contact the insurer to notify them of your injury and may start the claims process on your behalf. They should also provide you with details of the insurer.
You can also lodge a claim with the insurer if your employer hasn’t done so, and we can assist you with this process if need be.
Next it is likely that the insurer will contact you to discuss any payments, services or medical treatment you may be entitled to.
Your nominated treating doctor provides a certificate of capacity that determines if you are able to work, what types of duties you may be able to perform and what kind of treatment, if any, that you need.
As a worker, it’s comforting to know that Workers’ Compensation is in place should anything go wrong. In the unfortunate case that something does go wrong and you are eligible for Workers’ Compensation, it can provide several benefits.
As indicated, support may be provided in areas such as the following:
If you’ve had an injury at work, speak to our experienced lawyers today.