Workers Compensation

The NSW workers compensation scheme: A broken system!

The NSW workers compensation scheme: A broken system!

The NSW workers compensation scheme: A broken system!

A joint Four Corners, The Age and Sydney Morning Herald investigation into the $60 billion-dollar workers compensation scheme has revealed conduct that has been described as unethical and immoral by various stakeholders working within the system.

Having practised in the area of workers compensation for over 20 years, the team at Veritas Law Firm have worked with a countless number of injured workers, helping them navigate the complex and ever-changing scheme.

Just when you get used to one set of changes, the NSW government comes along and creates a whole new set of rules, each time leaving the injured workers even more out of pocket and further away from achieving a fair outcome and fair compensation.

Significant changes to the scheme brought about in 2012 and 2015 have created even more problems for injured workers and, just to add further insult to injury, they have restricted workers’ rights to accessing proper and timely legal advice.

The system has broken and continues to break many families, with insurance companies ignoring the long-term effects that their decision-making processes are having on injured workers.

A recent article published by The Age describes the story of how a prison guard’s claim for workers compensation nearly killed him. He describes being treated like a “leper”.

Furthermore, Four Corners recently covered the story of a single mother suffering from a serious back injury left fighting the insurance company over treatment that had been recommended by her own doctors. The hoops she was made to jump through left her feeling shattered.

Earlier this year, icare admitted it had underpaid sick and injured workers up to $40 million as a result of calculation errors on thousands of workers compensation payments. Treasury documents from March reveal “approximately 52,000 people have been underpaid an estimate of $80 million in claims benefits”. The State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) is believed to have referred various icare matters to the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC). The outcome of these referrals is still not known.

The team at Veritas Law Firm are accredited specialists in personal injury law and have helped, and continue to help, thousands of injured workers. If you have fallen victim to the workers compensation scheme or simply feel as though you are not being treated fairly by your workers compensation insurer, call one of our friendly team members today for a free, no obligation chat on (02) 9687 9993 or email Theresa.armstrong@veritaslawfirm.co