This article provides basic information on what kind of compensation payments you may receive from WorkCover Queensland if you suffer a workplace injury.
Loss of wages
- If you need to take time off work due to a personal injury, you may be entitled to lost wages during this period.
- You will generally be entitled to 85% of your pre-injury net weekly wages or 80% of the Queensland ordinary earnings, whichever of these 2 is the most. This will be for 26 weeks.
- Weekly wage payments from WorkCover Queensland will then reduce over time.
- After 2 years your right to continue to receive weekly wage payments for a workplace injury will be reviewed.
- WorkCover will pay reasonable medical and rehabilitation expenses.
- What is reasonable will be determined by a doctor. Generally, the views of a specialist (e.g. Orthopaedic Surgeon or Neurosurgeon) will be given more weight.
- WorkCover Queensland can send you to a specialist to determine the nature and extent of your injuries and to review whether a treatment recommended to you is reasonable and should be paid for by WorkCover.
- If you have a pre-existing condition or a prior injury to that body part, then WorkCover Queensland are not required to pay for medical expenses that relate to the pre-existing condition.
- Medical expenses can include:
Medical treatment, by a registered practitioner, e.g. doctors, physiotherapist; Equipment e.g. wheelchairs, crutches; Medication
- Surgery and hospitalisation costs may also be paid.
- These must be on medical advice and WorkCover Queensland may have you assessed by an independent specialist to determine whether the proposed surgery is related to your workplace injury and necessary because of your workplace injury.
- If you have a pre-existing condition or a prior injury to that body part, then WorkCover Queensland are not required to pay for hospitalisation that relates to the pre-existing condition.
- Travel for medical treatment, independent medical examination appointments and medical assessment tribunal appointments are covered by WorkCover.
- However travel will not be compensated where the trip is less than 20km one way or if there is closer treatment available and you choose to travel further.
- Parking for attendance at medical appointments is also covered.
Return to Work
- WorkCover Queensland will fund any reasonable equipment that has been recommended by a medical practitioner that may assist you to return to work.
- Training and return to work services will also generally be funded.
- This may include occupational therapy assessments, to assist in designing a return to work program, so you do not reinjure yourself.
- If you cannot return to your pre-injury workplace, you can request a host employer. That is an employer with whom WorkCover have an agreement to assist injured workers to return to the workforce.
- Retraining may be covered, but there must be medical evidence that you will not return to your pre-injury employment and you should retrain.
If you need more advice, talk to one of our workers compensation lawyers today.