People who work for Federal Government employers such as Australian Taxation Office, Department of Human Services, Telstra and Australia Post are under the “Comcare” workers compensation scheme. A number of other employers such as the Commonwealth Bank, Linfox Transport and TNT Australia are also licensed under the Federal Workers Compensation Scheme. Any injury at work is compensable under this scheme.
These claims are commonly known as “Comcare” claims. The workers compensation benefits for a Comcare claim are for three benefits being:
1. Weekly compensation – an injured person is entitled to be paid weekly compensation for their time off work. Weekly compensation is able to be paid up until the injured person’s 65th birthday if the person remains unfit for work. Weekly payments are paid for the first 45 week so incapacity at pre-injury earnings, and thereafter weekly compensation payments are made for a maximum of 75% of a workers pre-injury earnings.
2. Medical treatment expenses – a worker is entitled to have their reasonable medical treatment expenses arising from a workplace injury paid by the insurer. The entitlement to medical treatment expenses includes surgery if required, seeing the local general practitioner, physiotherapy and hydrotherapy and any other reasonable expense.
3. Lump sum compensation – if the injury results in a permanent impairment, then the injured person has an entitlement to pain and suffering. In order to be entitled to pain and suffering the degree of permanent impairment must be found to be 10% or more. This percentage impairment is assessed by a specialist doctor. A claim for hearing loss the degree of impairment only needs to be 5%.
Comcare claims are determined in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. Brydens Lawyers are the experts in the prosecution of successful claims on behalf of injured workers in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
To ascertain whether you have any rights to claim compensation under the Comcare scheme contact Brydens Lawyers today.
For over 40 years now Brydens Lawyers has been operating a ‘No Win – No Fee”, policy which, simply put, provides that if a personal injury or compensation client is unsuccessful in their claim then Brydens Lawyers will not raise a tax invoice for having acted on behalf of the client. That is, if the claim is unsuccessful we do not get paid. More information about how this works can be found on our No Win – No Fee page.