Management of minor claims
Employers and self-insurers are reminded to review and familiarise themselves with WorkCover WA’s Bulletin which clarifies legislative requirements regarding the management of minor claims and employer obligations to claim in accordance with the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981 (the Act) and policy of insurance.
It has been brought to WorkCover WA’s attention that employers have implemented, or been advised to adopt, a procedure whereby low cost workers’ compensation claims are paid for by the employer and not processed in accordance with the requirements of the Act.
Such arrangements are contrary to the purposes of the Act and should not be entered into by employers or approved by insurers.
Employers are required to claim under and in accordance with their policy of insurance within five days following receipt of a worker’s claim for compensation and medical certificate (s57A), regardless of the size of the claim.