As of 1 July 2015, the management of workplace injuries is governed by the Return to Work Act 2014 (S.A.).
In cases involving work injuries, it is important to obtain early legal advice regarding your potential entitlements.
Claims are handled by Work Cover and their claims agents, Employers Mutual Limited or Gallagher Bassett. Some claims are handled directly by employers and are known as exempt or self-insured employers.
Lump sum entitlements are also payable to workers suffering permanent impairment due to injury. The guidelines governing these payments are complicated.
Evans Testa have vast experience in securing clients payments of compensation and/or damages for injuries sustained in the workplace.
The recent legislative changes state that income maintenance payments cease 2 years from the injury date and payment of medical expenses cease 3 years from the injury date. The exception to these situations are where injured workers suffer more than an assessed 30% whole person impairment (w.p.i.). Injuries assessed at less than this w.p.i. will, in many cases, still entitle a worker to lump sum compensation. Obtaining legal advice is imperative in light of the new changes.
Claims Against Third Parties
If your work injury is the fault of someone other than your employer, then you may be entitled to pursue a claim for damages at common law against the person to blame. We have successfully handled numerous such claims.
If you need assistance in dealing with your claim at the Workers Compensation Tribunal, then we can help you through the conciliation process.
Talk to us about our NO WIN NO FEE arrangements in relation to work injuries.