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NSW Workers Compensation Changes coming and they are a Step in the Right Direction for Workers.

In 2012, the NSW Government made significant changes to Workers Compensation payments, in an attempt to make the WorkCover Scheme more financially viable.

There were significant restrictions to the length of time a worker could receive weekly benefits, how long medical expenses are paid for, and abolishing a lump sum benefit for Pain and Suffering.

The Government has announced “…a fairer system” which will include:

  • The threshold for injured workers with whole permanent impairment and an entitlement to life long medical expenses to be lowered from 30% to 20% WPI.
  • Medical benefits will be extended from 12 months to 2 years for workers with less serious injuries (up to 10% WPI).
  • Medical benefits will be provided for 5 years for workers with more serious injuries (11% to 20% WPI).
  • The lump sum death benefit will increase from $524,000 up to $750,000.

These changes mean that every injured worker who seeks payment or reimbursement for medical expenses or wants to make a claim for a lump sum or wage loss, must seek advice from an expert lawyer.

If you or family members need expert advice from a Personal Injury & Compensation Specialist, please email paulo@matthewsfolbigg.com.au or call 1300 773 529 to arrange an immediate Telephone Conference or conference in person.