Navigating the legal system in Australia to actually receive industrial deafness compensation can be confusing. Although complex, in order to understand how to receive the compensation you deserve, read on.
Australia is divided into 16 separate states and territories, each with its own legal jurisdiction. This means you will need to follow the claim procedures for you specific jurisdiction. There are different outlines needed to be following, but this outline procedure differs from the place you are residing.
What Can Be Claimed
Those seeking compensation for industrial deafness can claim a number of aspects that have resulted in unforeseen expenses caused by the industrial deafness such as medical expenses, the cost of devices and equipment, or loss of wages.
The claim procedure to file for compensation for industrial deafness varies by jurisdiction in your area. Review the requirements shown online by your state or territory and contact them for further information or questions. Other places require claims to be files within a certain time frame, and employment for at least five years, as well as a medical certificate but not a report from an audiologist. Rather, when considering the claim they’ll arrange for a hearing screening to measure hearing loss. But there are places in Australia that does not have a time limit for claims, and divides claims into two categories: hearing service or device or impairment benefit. Each category has specific forms to be filled out by the employee and/or employer. Some other requires you to see your general practitioner for a Certificate of Capacity and a referral to an ENT. You must see the ENT to receive a report or audiogram that is needed as the requirement. This will be submitted in the application process to your employer or insurer. You must also fill out forms provided for you, the workers injury claim form or the permanent impairment claim form if hearing loss exceeds a certain decibel level.
If your claim is accepted, you may be entitled to compensation from your employer’s insurance company. This may be in the form of a lump sum, but does not usually reimburse expenses.
The Australian claim systems is complex, which makes receiving compensation for industrial deafness a tricky process that requires a thorough understanding of the law and procedures in your jurisdiction. Many times qualified legal services are better equipped to aid claimants submit a successful claim.