WorkCover will cease all benefits and payments once it has been determined that you have received all appropriate treatment for the work-related injury.
It is quite common that WorkCover will determine that any ongoing need for treatment or inability to work relates to a pre-existing injury or non-work-related condition – even though there is no history of any symptoms prior to the subject work event.
It is possible to request a review of WorkCover’s decision to cease benefits and payments. An Application for Review must be lodged within 3 months of receiving WorkCover’s written decision. If the advice of the decision was made by telephone, a request for written reasons for the decision must be made within 20 days of being advised of the decision.
WorkCover may arrange for an injured worker to be assessed for permanent impairment and make an offer of lump sum compensation.
It is important that you obtain legal advice before deciding whether to accept WorkCover’s offer.
Many injured workers are entitled to additional lump sum payments by pursuing a common law claim. A common law payout is usually significantly more than the first offer that WorkCover will make at the time that the initial claim is closed.
You can use our Free Case Review process to obtain FREE legal advice about what to do after your WorkCover claim has been closed.
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