Workers' compensation is a form of insurance that provides a safety net if you suffer from an illness or injury as a result of your work. Australian law mandates that employers have insurance to cover their workers in such cases.
The benefits of workers' compensation include financial assistance to cover the costs of treatment, allowing you to focus on your recovery without worrying about medical bills. Additionally, rehabilitation services are available to ensure that you can return to work safely, effectively, and in a timely manner.
Workers' compensation may also cover a portion of your wages while you are away from work, as well as medical and hospital expenses, along with other rehabilitation treatments. If you suffer from a permanent impairment, you may be eligible for a lump sum payment.
If you have sustained a work injury, it is important to find a treating GP. They play a crucial role in the injury management process, which involves several tasks such as providing a diagnosis and coordinating medical treatment. The treating GP is responsible for determining whether the diagnosis correlates with the injury as described by the patient. The treating GP also reviews the injured worker's medical condition and works with the employer or their representative to facilitate the injured worker's maintenance or return to work. If necessary, the treating doctor refers the injured worker for workplace rehabilitation assistance.