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If you have had an injury at work, in accordance with section 60 of the Workers Compensation Act 1987, the worker’s compensation insurer is required to pay all “reasonably necessary” medical expenses.

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Claiming medical expenses can include the below:

1. Medical and related treatment includes:

  • Treatment by medical practitioners, physiotherapist, chiropractors, osteopaths, psychologists, counsellors, exercise psychologists, remedial massage therapists and other allied health practitioners.
  • Provision of artificial aids.
  • Domestic assistance services.
  • Nursing, medical and medicine supplies (provided outside of hospital treatment).

2. Hospital treatment

Hospital treatment includes treatment at public and private hospitals and/or rehabilitation centres.

3. Ambulance service includes emergency, non-emergency and inter hospital transfers provided by the Ambulance Service of NSW.

4. Work place rehabilitation services include:

  • Return to work in case management.
  • Vocational, functional and work place assessments.
  • Job analysis and modification.
  • Identification of suitable employment.
  • Worker retraining and placement in suitable employment.

5. Travel expenses can be claimed. To claim for payment for travel to attend medical, hospital and rehabilitation appointments, the worker will need to keep:

  • A record of the mileage if the worker used his or her car; and/or
  • Receipts for public transport.

The maximum amount payable for private car travel associated with attending medical expenses is currently $0.55 per kilometre.

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Alternatively, we are available to talk by phone and email. Please contact our experienced accredited specialist personal injury lawyers to find out how we can help.

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Anthony T.
00:50 16 Apr 24
Thank you Matthew and his team who guided me through the legal process, a truly positive experience with total professionalism.
Mikaele N.
03:01 15 Apr 24
Garling &Co Lawyers were awesome, I called every compensation law firm and was told that I couldn't claim for compensation.The whole experience and process was simple and stress free.Mr Matthew... Garling and Allison deserve an accolades for the very best in client service. I would highly recommend their service to anyone.read more
Tamara L.
02:10 15 Apr 24
I want to thank Garling & Co so much for all the help they have given me and helped with my claim. We got the win last week and it was the best news I have gotten considering how much my life has... been turned upside down the past 2 years. Emma and Rebecca have been incredible to work with and explained everything from the start even when I had hesitation to go ahead regarding how much everything would cost or how fair it could go or even if I had a chance, but they explained everything thoroughly, so I understood it all. Thank you for making this process seamlessly easy and helping me get the win it will make things a little easy for me that's for sure financial thank you for all your help I cannot recommend you and your services enough. Thank you again.read more
Sigrid W.
05:01 11 Apr 24
Utter professionalism from first phone call to final settlement. It was a pleasure to be represented by a firm that actually cares for their clients. From office staff, to paralegal and solicitor... Rebecca, Emma and Matthew thank you for your support and expertise throughout my claim. No wonder your firm has won many awards. I'm extremely happy with my outcome and can confidently recommend your firm.read more
BJ S.
01:09 09 Apr 24
Highly recommend Matthew & Allison at Garling and Co ! Quick response ! helpful every step of the way ! If you want the best compensation lawyer, Matthew @ Garling and co is the bestDoesn’t waste... time. Very informative ! excellent guidance! They get the job done ✅Website is perfect guide5 Star ⭐️ is not enoughI’m so grateful to Matthew, Allison and team for my outcome so far !Thank you 😊 Garling and co are awesome 👏 🤩read more
Jaimie K.
06:11 02 Apr 24
Have had a rollercoaster ride with Garling and Co over the several years we have been battling the system that injured workers are faced with. The wheels of progress are slow within this system.... However Garling and co have always stood by me. Calls are returned and matters are always followed up in a timely manner.read more
Tyson Langanke (Five Star W.
00:30 02 Apr 24
I cannot recommend Matthew highly enough for anyone seeking a compensation lawyer. From the moment I reached out, Matthew went above and beyond to ensure that I felt supported and informed throughout... the entire process. No question was too simple for him, and he patiently took the time to explain every step we were taking, alleviating any stress or confusion I had.He not only provided expert legal guidance but also ensured that I fully understood the intricacies of my case. His clear communication made me feel confident and reassured during what could have been a daunting experience.Thanks to Matthew's exceptional expertise and personalized approach, I was able to navigate the complexities of my compensation claim with ease. His professionalism and genuine concern for my well-being truly set him apart.read more
Shaylee C.
09:54 27 Mar 24
I recently had the pleasure of working with Garling and Co on my case, and I must say that their service was truly outstanding. From the initial consultation to the resolution of my case, they... displayed unwavering dedication and professionalism.The outcome of my case exceeded my expectations, and I am incredibly grateful for the hard work and diligence exhibited by Garling and Co. I have no hesitation in recommending this law firm to my family and friends, knowing that they will receive the same level of exceptional service.- Traceyread more
Simona M.
05:11 26 Mar 24
Emma and Rebecca have looked after my husband's workers compensation claim over the last 3 years now. We have had positive outcomes from these claims and are now pursuing a work injury damages claim.... They have been amazing to deal with. They are genuine and empathetic over what has been a very stressful time for myself and my family over these last 3 years. Nothing is ever too much for Emma and Rebecca and they are always available to communicate with. We would highly recommend Garling and Co! Thank you Emma and Rebecca.read more
Donelle L.
01:16 26 Mar 24
So very happy with the service Garling has provided the care and help has eased a lot of worry I had when going through this process . Many thanks to the entire team

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is “reasonably necessary” medical treatment?

The insurer is required to pay “reasonably necessary” medical expenses. In determining what treatment is reasonably necessary, the insurer should have regard to:

  • The appropriateness of the treatment.
  • The availability of alternative treatment.
  • The cost of the treatment.
  • The actual potential effectiveness of the treatment.
  • The acceptance by medical experts of the treatment as being appropriate and likely to be effect.

The term has also been defined to mean “any necessity for relevant treatment which results from the injury where its purpose and potential effect is to alleviate the consequence of injury”.

Often this test is confused to mean that the treatment must be reasonable and necessary. This is incorrect. That is a much more demanding test.

If the treatment is such that its potential effect is to alleviate the consequence of injury, then it will be “reasonably necessary”

2. Is pre-approval necessary?

Section 60 (2A) of the Workers Compensation Act states that the insurer is not liable to pay for the cost of medical treatment without prior approval of the insurer.

However, there are several exceptions where no prior approval is required and they include the following:

  • Any treatment provided within 48 hours of the injury.
  • Attending a nominating treating doctor for a consultation or to obtain a medical certificate.
  • The first consultation with a specialist medical practitioner on referral by the nominated treating doctor.
  • All plain x-rays performed on referral from a nominated treating doctor or specialist medical practitioner.
  • Any service provided in a public hospital on presentation to an emergency department.
  • In relation to physiotherapy, osteopathic or chiropractic treatment, the initial consultation and up to a further 7 treatment sessions provided the practitioner is registered and the injured worker has not previously received such treatment for the injury claimed.
  • Pharmacy items prescribed by the nominating treating doctor within the first 3 weeks’ post injury up to a maximum of $500.00.
  • For any psychological treatment or counselling, the initial consultation and up to a further 5 treatment or counselling sessions where the counsellor is WorkCover approved and the worker has not previously received such counselling.
  • Payment of up to 5 sessions of remedial massage however the remedial massage therapist must be WorkCover approved.
  • In relation to a hearing needs assessment, the initial hearing needs assessment as long as such assessment was referred by the nominated treating doctor or treating specialist.
  • The Workers Compensation Commission or a registrar orders the insurer to pay for treatment expenses.

When you request pre-approval from the insurer, the insurer has a period of 21 days to respond to your request. If the insurer does not respond within 21 days, you can make a complaint to the WorkCover independent Review Office (WIRO).

If the treatment has been pre-approved and receipts have been sent to the insurer for reimbursement, the insurer must reimburse you within seven days of receiving your expenses receipts.

3. For how long does the insurer pay my medical expenses?

The period the insurer is responsible for paying reasonably necessary medical treatment differs depending on your assessment of whole person impairment (WPI):

  • 10% WPI or less: payment of medical expenses will cease 2 years from the date of the claim was made or from the date that weekly payments cease (whichever occurs later).
  • 11% to 20% WPI: payment of medical expenses will cease 5 years from the date that the claim was made or from the date that weekly payments cease (whichever occurs later).
  • 21% or more WPI: payment of medical expenses are payable for the remainder of the injured workers life.

4. What do I do if the insurer declines my treatment?

The insurer may decline to pay for your medical expenses on the basis that it is not reasonably necessary, or that it is not related to your work injury. If the insurer declines to pay for your medical expenses they will need to provide written reasons in the form of a Section 74 Notice.

If the insurer declines treatment of medical expenses over the phone, make sure you ask them to provide a Section 74 Notice in writing outlining why they have declined your request. They must by law put the reasons for declining treatment in writing within 7 days.

It is important to obtain a Section 74 Notice as it is needed to challenge the decision of the insurer.

If the medical treatment dispute cannot be resolved and you consider the treatment to be reasonably necessary, you can make an application to the Workers Compensation Commission to appoint an independent Arbitrator to hear and determine the dispute.

You will need medical evidence to support the argument that the treatment is “reasonably necessary”, you lawyer will obtain this evidence on your behalf.

If you wish to challenge the decision of an insurer, you should contact an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law like Garling & Co. We can help you with your medical expenses claim, simply get in touch with us through the below;

  1. Complete our FREE case assessment form HERE
  2. Email us at info@garlingandco.com.au
  3. Give us a call on (02) 8518 1120
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Would you like assistance with your claim?

Complete our free, no obligation confidential case assessment form and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours.

Alternatively, we are available to talk through phone and email. Please contact our experienced workers compensation lawyers to find out how we can help.

No Win No Fee

You won’t be required to pay any fees until we win your case.

Industry Experts

We’re industry experts with over 20 years of experience.

Maximum Compensation

Our team of expert injury lawyers will help you get maximum compensation.

Anthony T.
00:50 16 Apr 24
Thank you Matthew and his team who guided me through the legal process, a truly positive experience with total professionalism.
Mikaele N.
03:01 15 Apr 24
Garling &Co Lawyers were awesome, I called every compensation law firm and was told that I couldn't claim for compensation.The whole experience and process was simple and stress free.Mr Matthew... Garling and Allison deserve an accolades for the very best in client service. I would highly recommend their service to anyone.read more
Tamara L.
02:10 15 Apr 24
I want to thank Garling & Co so much for all the help they have given me and helped with my claim. We got the win last week and it was the best news I have gotten considering how much my life has... been turned upside down the past 2 years. Emma and Rebecca have been incredible to work with and explained everything from the start even when I had hesitation to go ahead regarding how much everything would cost or how fair it could go or even if I had a chance, but they explained everything thoroughly, so I understood it all. Thank you for making this process seamlessly easy and helping me get the win it will make things a little easy for me that's for sure financial thank you for all your help I cannot recommend you and your services enough. Thank you again.read more
Sigrid W.
05:01 11 Apr 24
Utter professionalism from first phone call to final settlement. It was a pleasure to be represented by a firm that actually cares for their clients. From office staff, to paralegal and solicitor... Rebecca, Emma and Matthew thank you for your support and expertise throughout my claim. No wonder your firm has won many awards. I'm extremely happy with my outcome and can confidently recommend your firm.read more
BJ S.
01:09 09 Apr 24
Highly recommend Matthew & Allison at Garling and Co ! Quick response ! helpful every step of the way ! If you want the best compensation lawyer, Matthew @ Garling and co is the bestDoesn’t waste... time. Very informative ! excellent guidance! They get the job done ✅Website is perfect guide5 Star ⭐️ is not enoughI’m so grateful to Matthew, Allison and team for my outcome so far !Thank you 😊 Garling and co are awesome 👏 🤩read more
Jaimie K.
06:11 02 Apr 24
Have had a rollercoaster ride with Garling and Co over the several years we have been battling the system that injured workers are faced with. The wheels of progress are slow within this system.... However Garling and co have always stood by me. Calls are returned and matters are always followed up in a timely manner.read more
Tyson Langanke (Five Star W.
00:30 02 Apr 24
I cannot recommend Matthew highly enough for anyone seeking a compensation lawyer. From the moment I reached out, Matthew went above and beyond to ensure that I felt supported and informed throughout... the entire process. No question was too simple for him, and he patiently took the time to explain every step we were taking, alleviating any stress or confusion I had.He not only provided expert legal guidance but also ensured that I fully understood the intricacies of my case. His clear communication made me feel confident and reassured during what could have been a daunting experience.Thanks to Matthew's exceptional expertise and personalized approach, I was able to navigate the complexities of my compensation claim with ease. His professionalism and genuine concern for my well-being truly set him apart.read more
Shaylee C.
09:54 27 Mar 24
I recently had the pleasure of working with Garling and Co on my case, and I must say that their service was truly outstanding. From the initial consultation to the resolution of my case, they... displayed unwavering dedication and professionalism.The outcome of my case exceeded my expectations, and I am incredibly grateful for the hard work and diligence exhibited by Garling and Co. I have no hesitation in recommending this law firm to my family and friends, knowing that they will receive the same level of exceptional service.- Traceyread more
Simona M.
05:11 26 Mar 24
Emma and Rebecca have looked after my husband's workers compensation claim over the last 3 years now. We have had positive outcomes from these claims and are now pursuing a work injury damages claim.... They have been amazing to deal with. They are genuine and empathetic over what has been a very stressful time for myself and my family over these last 3 years. Nothing is ever too much for Emma and Rebecca and they are always available to communicate with. We would highly recommend Garling and Co! Thank you Emma and Rebecca.read more
Donelle L.
01:16 26 Mar 24
So very happy with the service Garling has provided the care and help has eased a lot of worry I had when going through this process . Many thanks to the entire team
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