Health Workers Compensation Claims
Workers compensation guide for healthcare workers in NSW
The health care and social assistance sector in New South Wales (NSW) includes hospitals, medical services, child care, residential care, allied health and other medical and social assistance services. Health care is among the most hazardous industries with COVID-19 posing additional pressure on medical care services and creating more risk for its workers.
SafeWork states that the healthcare industry is the fastest growing industry in Australia and records one of the most frequent work-related injuries and illnesses each year. If you had an injury during the course of work, you may be entitled to workers compensation benefits!
What does health worker compensation cover?
Under the Workers Compensation Act 1987 (NSW), you may be entitled to compensation wages, medical expenses, home care, travel expenses.
You may also be entitled to a lump sum payment if your injury is assessed at 11% whole person impairment or greater, or you sustained a primary psychological injury with 15% or greater.
If your employer was negligent and your injuries are assessed with 15% or more whole person impairment you can make a claim for work injury damages, which may allow you to claim your future lost earnings until the retirement.
How to make a claim for compensation as an injured health worker
Most common work-related hazards and injuries in healthcare industry
According to SafeWork, most frequently reported cases of injury from health workers are muscular stress, falls on the same level, harassment and bullying and work pressure. Common hazards giving way to the above injuries, on the other hand, are listed as hazardous manual tasks, hazardous chemicals, fatigue, slips, trips, and falls, transition of support from one service to another, violence, workplace bullying and working in people’s homes.
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