Changes to WorkCover WA Prescribed Amounts for Workers Compensation Claims


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Hoffmans Injury Lawyers provide a summary of the changes to the amounts that injured workers are able to claim at WorkCover WA under the Workers Compensation and Injury Management Act.


In the West Australian system for workers compensation the total amounts allowable for weekly payments of compensation, medical expenses and vocational rehabilitation expenses are re-set at the beginning of each financial year being 1 July.

 

The “Prescribed Amount” for weekly payments while the worker is unfit is usually indexed by varying the amount for the previous financial year by the percentage yearly variation in the Australian Bureau of Statistics Wage Price Index Ordinary Time Hourly Rates of Pay excluding bonuses for Western Australia.

 

As of 1 July 2017 the amount allowable for weekly payments is now $224,921.00 up from the previous maximum payment of $221,891.00.  This is the gross amount and from the weekly rate the necessary income tax needs to be paid.

 

It should be remembered that an additional amount of up to 75% of the Prescribed Amount can be awarded where a worker suffers permanent total incapacity and the social and financial circumstances justify.  Unfortunately these awards are not made that often.

 

For example the District Court of Western Australia case of George v Qube Ports Pty Ltd (2017) was an appeal from a WorkCover WA decision.  In this case a 64 year old road train driver failed even though he had been in only that work for 40 years. What’s more he was not proficient on computers.  He was found able to work as a gate-keeper.  It’s unclear just how many jobs are available as a gate-keeper in WA.

 

The amount allowable for medical and hospital expenses is set at 30% of the Prescribed Amount.  Effective from 1 July 2017 that amount now is fixed at $67,476.00 up from $66,567.00 from the previous financial year.

 

An additional amount of up to $50,000.00 for medical expenses can be ordered by a WorkCover Arbitrator where a worker’s social and financial circumstances justify.

 

This additional amount is easier to obtain given the costs of medical treatment can be so expensive and total and permanent incapacity does not need to be proven.

 

These medical expenses can be incurred for treatment involving doctors, medical specialists, dentists, chiropractors, physiotherapy, hospital charges and other approved treatment.

 

Further there is an allowance made for vocational rehabilitation expenses.  This involves the employment of a vocational rehabilitation provider who can help and assist an injured worker get back to work.  An allowance of 7% of the Prescribed Amount is stipulated and as of 1 July 2017 that amount has been increased to $15,744.00.

Hoffmans Injury Lawyers specialises in personal injury claims on a No Win No Fee basis particularly for workers compensation claims and motor vehicle accident injury claims.

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Hoffmans Injury Lawyers

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or Level 27 St Martins Tower, 44 St Georges Terrace Perth WA 6000

or Telephone: +618 9444 4900




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