Workers Compensation

Would you be financially ruined if you were injured at work?

It’s a scary thought, but have you ever considered what would happen if you got injured at work?

Would you be financially ruined if you were hit with massive hospital bills and were unable to return to work for months or even a year?

We all like to think that it will never happen to us, but what if it did? Would you be protected?

As a member of the union, if you get injured at work, we help you through the process of lodging a compensation claim for your associated expenses.

In other words, we’ll be there to back you up. We’re here to protect you, provide support, and give you peace of mind when you need it the most!

So how does it work? Most Victorian workers fall under the WorkCover system although some working for large national employers may be covered by the Comcare system.

Your union will help you with lodging claims, to make sure you are paid any compensation you are owed.

And you’ll be protected from being forced to return to work before you are ready, or fired.

Do you know what to do if you are injured at work?

If you are injured at work, your union will be there to support you.

We’re here to provide all of the information you need, and help you through the process of lodging a claim for worker’s compensation.

Here’s what you do…

You will need a claim form, obtainable from your employer or from a Post Office. It should be filled out with your doctor’s assistance and sent to your employer.

Your employer is obliged to send the claim form to their insurance company, which will investigate the claim and decide if compensation is payable or not.

A successful claim will result in compensation for lost wages if the worker has had to reduce or cease work, and for the medical expenses associated with the injury.

If you need help with lodging your claim, your union will be there to support you through the process.

We will provide you with the right information and anything else that you need!

So you know you’ll be taken care of, protected, and rightly compensated for you injury.

What if you’re badly injured and can’t return to work straight away?

If you are injured and cannot return to work straight away, your union will be there to make sure that you get the support and the time off that you need!

Under Australian law you should not be made to return to work before you are ready! Make sure that doesn’t happen to you!

As a union member, you will be protected!

And, on your return to work, you should not be at risk of injuring yourself in the same way. It is never okay for an employee to be discriminated against for having been injured at work.

Under Equal Opportunity Legislation it is illegal to discriminate against a person on grounds of injury or health, or for having made a work-related complaint. An unlawful termination and can result in prosecution.

Your union will make sure that you are protected!

Source: ACTU fact sheets

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