If you’ve experienced a work-related injury, you may be eligible for compensation. In South Australia, navigating this process involves two primary options: the state-based Return to Work system or the Federal Comcare scheme. Both schemes offer rights and entitlements for work-related injuries or illnesses. We specialise in the Return-to-Work system.
Understanding Return to Work
Return to Work (formerly known as WorkCover) is a vital component of South Australia’s workers’ compensation landscape. Some local companies manage claims internally as self-insured entities, adhering to state-based workers’ compensation legislation.
For those covered by WorkCover before July 1, 2015, transitional provisions may apply. For personalized advice, consult with your lawyer.
Who is Eligible for a Return to Work Claim
Return to Work SA extends coverage to various workers, including full-time, part-time, casual, casual labor hire, and, in certain cases, contractors and the self-employed. It’s crucial to determine whether Comcare or Return to Work SA covers your situation.
The claims process for Return to Work SA can be intricate. Seek assistance from Doconade Personal Injury Lawyers to understand your rights and entitlements.
Injured at Work? What Can You Claim?
A workplace injury could entitle you to various compensations, including workers’ compensation benefits, medical and rehabilitation expenses, lump sum compensation for non-economic loss, lump sum compensation for economic loss and, in specific cases, Common Law damages.
Time Sensitivity in Claims
Report any work injury to your employer promptly, even if you don’t need to lodge a claim immediately. A Workers’ Compensation claim must be submitted within six months of the disability arising or being diagnosed.
For Common Law damages, the claim must be lodged within three years of the event causing your injuries. If under 18 at the time of the accident, the three-year limit starts at turning 18.
What to Do in Case of Claim Rejection?
If your claim is rejected, you have 30 days to inform the insurer of your intent to seek reconsideration. Act swiftly if you disagree with decisions regarding your claim or entitlements. We can help lodge a dispute of the decision, and if the decision is taking too long.
Doconade Lawyers Can Help
At Doconade, our lawyers specialize in compensation claims. Get a free, no-obligation initial interview to assess your situation and discuss the likelihood of a successful claim. Our free, no-obligation 30-minute meeting ensures you understand the compensation process, and if you want to go forward.