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In the Northern Territory, compensation for all injuries arising “out of or in the course of” your employment is determined under the Return to Work Act (NT) (the Act).
The Act defines an “injury” for the purposes of workers’ compensation entitlements – and it’s not necessarily straightforward. Work must be the cause of the injury, or a substantial contributing factor, for a worker to be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
If you have suffered an injury at work, you may be entitled to compensation including:
- Loss of earning capacity due to the injury: at full ‘normal weekly earnings’ rate for the first 26 weeks of incapacity;
- thereafter at 75% of ‘lost earning capacity’ (or the statutory maximum);
- medical costs related to the injury – including medical treatments and appointments, surgery, medications et cetera;
- injury related travel at the rate of $0.39 per kilometre, (i.e. obtaining treatment, pharmacy trips); household and attendant care services required due to the injury;
- household/vehicle/workplace modifications required due to the injury;
- vocational retraining required for workers who cannot return to their preinjury employment due to the injury;
- and a whole person impairment (WPI) lump sum, when a worker’s compensable injury is assessed by a qualified medical practitioner at greater than 5% WPI.
We can assist with at stages of the claims process.
We offer free initial phone consults for all potential workers’ compensation matters.