Update on NSW Workers Compensation – Presentation to the Northern Beaches Law Society on 24 March 2017
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Below is a presentation given by Sydney’s Leading Workers Compensation Lawyer Steve Walker, on the Update on Workers Compensation to the Northern Beaches Law Society on 24 March 2017.
I will talk about the 2012 amendments to the Workers Compensation scheme as well as the Workers Compensation Amendment Act 2015 and the State Insurance and Care Governance Act 2015 – together billed as the ‘2015 Workers Compensation Reform Package’ which received assent on 21 August.
I will discuss in general terms the benefits available now under NSW Workers Compensation, I will also discuss concepts of funding for legal costs and becoming an approved legal service provider to carry out legal work for injured workers.
Important to note that the 2012 & 2015 amendments do not apply to police officers, paramedics, fire-fighters, coal miners, emergency service volunteers and those with dust diseases.
Over the next few instalments I will endeavour to unlock the complexity of the workers compensation scheme and explain how the decision making process and the workers compensation model works.
Topics & Commentary will include:-
- Workers Compensation – Weekly Payments – overview
- First Entitlement Period
- Second Entitlement Period – Weeks 14 – 130
- Weekly payments after week 130
- Work Capacity Assessments and Work Capacity Decisions
- Commentary on “Suitable Employment” Definition
- What’s the Model for Work Capacity Decision Reviews?
- What is the Work Capacity Decision Review model?
- What’s the difference between the Review stages?
- Seriously injured workers
- Compensation for Non-Economic Loss
- One Claim Rule (Section 66(1A))
- Important Points
- Compensation for Medical, Hospital and Rehabilitation Expenses
- Other Potential Rights
- The Common Law Rights
- Workers Compensation Independent Review Office (WIRO)
- The Disputes and Dispute Mechanisms
- Impairment is King
- The Incapacity Dilemma
- Future Reform
- The Section 39 Problem
- Workers Compensation Amendment (Legal Costs) Regulation 2016
As the principal of Walker Law Group, I would invite you to contact me with any questions or legal concerns you may have in achieving a successful result in your NSW workers compensation or workcover matter. 1300 363 013