Leading personal injury firm Slater and Gordon has welcomed initial steps by the NSW Government to restore injured workers’ rights after significant benefits were cut in 2012 and left thousands of workers without vital assistance.
Senior personal injury lawyer Rachael James said the announcement to restore benefits to amputees and people who need hearing aids was a step in the right direction, but it was critical that all injured workers had their benefits reinstated.
“The 2012 legislative reforms have had an extremely harsh effect on injured workers and while today’s announcement is a positive one, there is still a way to go,” Ms James said.
“In less than 18 months, we have seen employers given three premium reductions and the scheme return to surplus – unfortunately this has come at the expense of injured workers and the medical and other assistance they once received.
“It is timely and appropriate that the State Government restore balance so that all injured workers are supported and can maintain their independence.
“The harsh introduction of thresholds in 2012 has excluded many significantly and permanently impaired workers from compensation and their weekly benefits have been cut.
“We believe that these issues should be reviewed as a matter of priority.”