SA’s new workers compensation scheme began on 1 July 2015 with all injured workers to feel the impact, says TGB's Amber Sprague.
SA’s new workers compensation scheme began on 1 July 2015 with all injured workers to feel the impact, says TGB’s Amber Sprague.
The Return to Work Act 2014 has replaced the Workers Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 1986, a scheme described by South Australian Attorney General John Rau as “buggered”.
Ms Sprague said the cost of fixing the system will be borne by most injured workers.
“Without doubt the old scheme needed a major overhaul, but unfortunately it has come at the expense of injured workers,” she said.
Ms Sprague said the Return to Work Act now applies to all workers, even those injured under the previous workers compensation scheme.
Among the many changes, most injured workers will now have their weekly payments cut off after two years, and will also lose their entitlements to medical expenses between one and three years after the date of their injury.
“The new system is very harsh, and it is crucial for injured workers to understand how they will be impacted not just now, but into the future,” Ms Sprague said.
“Those affected should seek legal advice specific to their individual circumstances.”
Tindall Gask Bentley is South Australia’s largest personal injury law firm.
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