Injured People

Return to Work Not As Easy As They Say

TGB sent a letter to the Advertiser in response to an “Advertiser Feature” commissioned by a WorkCover SA’s claims agent about South Australia’s new Return to Work Scheme.

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We have sent a letter to the Advertiser in response to an “Advertiser Feature” commissioned by a WorkCover SA’s claims agent about South Australia’s new Return to Work Scheme.

The feature contained misinformation that has already confused some of our clients, so we wanted to set the record straight.

Return to Work Made Easy - workers compensation South Australia

Dear Editor,

Re: “Return to Work made easy” Advertising feature Business Journal pg 33 31/3/15

The Advertising Feature published in The Advertiser yesterday (31/3/15) contained several gross errors of fact regarding the new scheme, and almost made it sound comforting for injured workers.

The suggestion that “… income support will include payments based on weekly earnings at the time of the injury until retirement age, a lump sum payment for non-economic loss and lifetime payment of reasonable medical expenses” is just incorrect. The only injured workers who will be entitled to weekly payments until retirement age and medical expenses for life are those who are assessed as being ‘seriously injured’, meaning a 30% Whole Person Impairment has been assessed. That is very few workers.  Every other worker will have a maximum of two years payments and three years medical treatment before being cut off the system and left to fend for themselves, regardless of their injury/ies.

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