If you have suffered a work-related injury, it is important to know your rights and the steps to take to make a work injury claim and obtain WorkCover entitlements. Here are the steps you should follow:
- Report the Injury: The first step is to report the injury to your employer as soon as possible. This should be done in writing and include details about how the injury occurred.
- Seek Medical Attention: Seek medical attention for your injury as soon as possible. Your employer may have a designated medical provider for work-related injuries, or you may need to see your own doctor.
- Make a Work Injury Claim: Once you have sought medical attention, you can make a work injury claim with your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance provider. This should be done as soon as possible, and you should provide all necessary documentation, including medical records, to support your claim.
- Attend Medical Appointments: You may be required to attend medical appointments with a designated medical provider to assess the extent of your injury and determine the appropriate treatment plan.
- Receive WorkCover Entitlements: If your work injury claim is accepted, you may be entitled to a range of WorkCover entitlements, including medical expenses, wage replacement, and vocational rehabilitation if necessary.
- Follow Treatment Plan: It is important to follow the treatment plan prescribed by your doctor and attend all necessary appointments to ensure a full recovery.
- Return to Work: Once you have recovered, you may be able to return to work. Your employer may need to make adjustments to your work duties or provide additional support to help you return to work safely.
Making a work injury claim and obtaining WorkCover entitlements can be a complex process, but it is important to ensure that you receive the care and support you need to recover fully. If you need assistance with making a work injury claim or understanding your WorkCover entitlements, we are here to help. Contact us today to learn more about how we can support you through the process.
By Dr Sanjay Parasher