It is extremely important that you do not respond to a Notice of Assessment from the workers’ compensation insurer until you have sought expert legal advice. Accepting a lump sum offer without legal advice from our expert compensation lawyers may affect your rights to receive a greater level of compensation.
Your workers’ compensation benefits. If the workers’ compensation insurer accepts your claim, it has an obligation to provide weekly benefits to you and/or pay for authorised medical and rehabilitation expenses until your injury is assessed as being “stable and stationary.”
The workers’ compensation insurer may assist with payment of the following:
- Weekly compensation for lost wages;
- Medical, surgical and hospital expenses;
- Rehabilitation expenses, and
- Traveling expenses.
The workers’ compensation insurer is only required to pay the cost of reasonable medical treatment.
When compensation ceases. your entitlement to weekly compensation (i.e. lost wages) will eventually cease when you:
- recover from your injuries and you return to work;
- receive a Notice of Assessment from the workers’ compensation insurer confirming your injuries are stable, or
- have been receiving weekly compensation payments for an extended period of time.
Injury Assessment. once the workers’ compensation insurer has determined that your injuries are stable and stationary, it will arrange for you to be assessed for permanent impairment. For physical injuries this assessment is generally carried out by a medical practitioner.
For a psychiatric or psychological injury, the assessment will be carried out by a Medical Assessment Tribunal.
Contact the expert work injury lawyers at Bennett & Philp in Brisbane for assistance with properly responding to a Notice of Assessment.