If you have been injured due to your working conditions, WorkCover is required to offset all payments for treatment. Occasionally, this is not the case and Australian employees are left out of pocket. If you are unhappy with the financial support you have received, we’ve put together this guide to the process of appealing a workers’ compensation decision.
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What Kind of Injuries Can I Apply for?
Workplace injuries can range from serious illness, injury or damage (including amputations, fractures and brain injuries) through to less severe injuries such as strains and sprains (e.g. repetitive strain injury).
Examples of injuries include:
- Injuries suffered at work, as a result of work or during work activities
- Diseases caused by work
- Diseases or pre-existing conditions made worse by work
- Injuries suffered while travelling for work
- Injuries suffered while receiving medical treatment for a separate work injury
A work injury doesn’t have to be purely physical. Mental injuries such as those driven by stress, or leading to events such as a heart attack or worsening of a pre-existing condition can also be eligible for workplace injury compensation.
While not all workplace compensation cases are front page news, certain shocking injuries have seen compensation payouts soaring into the millions.
While they may seem excessive, these payments are often awarded to compensate for horrific injuries which will last the rest of one’s natural life.
Here are some of Australia’s biggest compensation payouts.