Workers Compensation

Every worker in NSW is entitled to be compensated for injuries which are caused, aggravated, exacerbated or accelerated by the work they do. The workers’ compensation system provides benefits to compensate for injury or disease caused in this manner.

 

Steps for Claiming Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation

Below is a step-by-step chart you can follow in order to ensure that injured workers receive their entitlements. If you require further assistance, please notify your Union Delegate or contact your Union Organiser or the Union Office.

 

The SDA Office can assist its members with a number of important issues which occur with injuries at work. Some issues may include:

• eligibility to claim and types of claims for workers’ compensation,

• how to claim for benefits,

• procedures for dealing with claims and refusal of claims,

• rehabilitation and related matters, for example, provision of rehabilitation, and

• information regarding meetings, medical, travel and miscellaneous expenses.

 

How to Claim

Each one of the steps in the chart above must be followed to ensure an acceptable claim has been made and that you will not be disadvantaged in any way simply because you did not know, or were not familiar with, procedures which needed to be followed when making a claim.

 

Injury Management

If you suffer a significant injury, your employer must notify the insurer within 48 hours. A significant injury is where you are likely to be off work for seven days or more.

Your doctor should complete a special WorkCover Certificate and return- to - work form.

You must notify your insurer of the name of your nominated doctor.

The insurance company must contact you, your employer and your nominated treating doctor within three days, to develop an Injury Management Plan.

If the Injury Management Plan includes a return to work, it must be agreed to by your nominated doctor.

For more information, advice or legal representation on Workers’ Compensation matters, please contact the Union Office on (02) 4961 4694.

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