Has WorkCover provided you with a Notice of Assessment?
WorkCover will generally provide you with a Notice of Assessment once its doctor determines that you have suffered from a degree of permanent impairment. In other words, that you have an impairment that is “stable and stationary” and is not likely to improve with further medical or surgical treatment.
Don’t expect WorkCover to necessarily send you to a consultant specialist for that assessment. For example, if you have sustained a shoulder injury, instead of being sent to a consultant orthopaedic surgeon, WorkCover may choose to send you to a general practitioner who is a “certified independent medical examiner”.
It is also quite common for WorkCover’s doctor’s opinion to differ markedly from the consultant medical expert’s opinion that is obtained on your behalf by McColm Matsinger Lawyers once a Notice of Claim for Damages has been served on WorkCover.
Also don’t be surprised if the Notice of Assessment states that you have suffered from a minimal degree of permanent impairment or no impairment at all. This may be despite the significant affects that the injury has had on your life.
WorkCover will offer you lump sum compensation based on that Assessment. If you believe that the offer is questionable, you do not have to respond to WorkCover. You can defer your decision to another time. We recommend that you contact us (before you consider responding to WorkCover) in order to discuss the offer, your options and your legal rights.
The lesson to be learned is do not despair!! WorkCover’s Notice of Assessment is not necessarily the “be all and end all”. Call McColm Matsinger Lawyers for an informal chat – we are here to help.