Wednesday 23rd April 2008
Too often, nurses and midwives are taken by surprise when they come face to face with WorkCover. If you are hurt at work, this is how the system works:
Back to work
Your doctor can clear you to return to work or determine you can go back with restrictions. In the latter case, the employer should consult you, your doctor, the insurer, the union and other treating health professionals to set achievable goals, identify suitable duties, design a return to work plan and monitor your progress.
If your doctor states you have reached maximum improvement and will not return to pre-injury duties, and the employer does not provide alternative employment, you are entitled to retraining, work trial placements and/or job seeking assistance.
The above chart is an outline of the NSW workers compensation process. There are other characters you might see along the way.
For a list of the possible cast see page 29.
It is important to cooperate with your employer and the insurer. It is most important that you keep copies of all documents associated with your claim. The NSW Nurses’ Association advises members to keep diary notes of all telephone discussions and meetings with your employer and the insurer.
Do not wait until you experience difficulties before contacting the Nurses’ Association for advice – especially, if the insurer denies liability or your employer threatens to terminate your employment.