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Employer's cannot legally avoid paying workers' compensation entitlements.

Posted by Tony Separovic on 20 July 2018 16:02:59 AWST

Employers are required to meet many financial and legislative obligations in order to run a successful business. Prosecution results published by WorkCover WA suggest that employers are increasingly attempting a range of tactics to avoid the responsibilities imposed on them by the Workers' Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981 ("the Act").      

 

Many employees who have been injured or become sick at work are not aware that employers are simply not able to avoid their workers' compensation liabilities and risk significant fines, legal proceedings and conviction if they do.

 

How can we help?

Separovic Injury Lawyers will provide you with clear and easy to understand advice on what workers' compensation entitlements your employer must legally provide to you. If your employer is trying to avoid providing you with workers' compensation entitlements we can assist you in obtaining them.  

 

Workers' compensation - what is it?

If you sustain an injury at work or suffer a work related illness you may be entitled to make a claim for workers' compensation. To make a claim you must be defined as a worker, however, the Act relies on a wide definition of the term 'worker' and includes full-time, part-time, casual and seasonal workers on a wage or salary. Workers' compensation includes payments for financial loss, treatment expenses, medical and rehabilitation expenses and travel and lodging expenses.

 

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Tags: Personal Injury Compensation, Workers' Compensation

How is my workers' compensation claim assessed?

Posted by Tony Separovic on 26 June 2018 13:29:27 AWST

Once an employee has lodged a Workers' Compensation Claim form and a First Certificate of Capacity with their employer, the employer has 5 working days to lodge these documents with their insurer. The insurer is then required to make a determination regarding the claim and notify the employee within 14 days of receiving the claim form.

Unfortunately many employees making workers' compensation claims are unaware of the legal protections that should be provided to them by their employers and workers' compensation insurers.

 

What if my employer does not lodge my workers' compensation claim with the insurer?

The Workers Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981 (WA) ("the Act") requires the employer to forward your Workers' Compensation Claim form and First Certificate of Capacity to its insurer within 5 working days of having first received these documents. If the employer does not comply it risks being fined by WorkCover's compliance division.  

 

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