Are you Entitled to Preliminary Workers Compensation Advice?

04 FEB 2020


Have you recently been injured in the course of your employment, or have you previously received workers compensation benefits and wonder whether you are entitled to more? If so, you may be entitled to obtain preliminary legal advice, without any cost to you.

In September 2019, the NSW Government introduced funding for workers to obtain general legal advice regarding their workers compensation entitlements, even in circumstances where no dispute exists. This funding means there is no cost to a worker seeking advice.

Under the Workers Compensation Scheme, there are a number of benefits which workers may be entitled to, including:

  • Weekly compensation benefits;
  • Medical expenses; and
  • Lump sum claim for permanent impairment.

There are strict deadlines that apply in making claims for these benefits and it is therefore extremely important that workers obtain legal advice to ensure their rights and entitlements are preserved.

For example, in 2012, the NSW Government introduced legislation limiting the payment of ongoing medical expenses to two years. The introduction of this provision continues to have a significant impact on workers, particularly in circumstances where they haven’t been advised of these time limits.

If any of the above applies to your situation and you would like to obtain legal advice so you know where you stand, please contact our office to arrange an appointment. 

The contents of this publication are for reference purposes only. This publication does not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as legal advice. Specific legal advice should always be sought separately before taking any action based on this publication. 

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