Child development

September 2011


Workers’ compensation forms

A guide for GPs

Volume 40, No.9, September 2011 Pages 730-733

Catherine Dodgshun

John Malios

This article forms part of our ‘Paperwork’ series for 2011, providing information about a range of paperwork that general practitioners complete regularly. The aim of the series is to provide information on the purpose of the paperwork, and hints on how to complete it accurately. This will allow the GP to be more efficient and the patient to have an accurately completed piece of paperwork for the purpose required.

Workers’ compensation is an insurance scheme funded by contributions from employers that provides financial benefits to injured workers to cover medical and other health related expenses, weekly payments, rehabilitation, and lump sum payments for permanent impairment. Benefits to dependants are also available in the event of a work related death.1 Workers’ compensation benefits differ from common law entitlements which require the injured party to sue for negligence.

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