Some HACSU members may have directly experienced the poor laws or heard stories from workmates about the complexities and problems with the current Workers Compensation laws - and though the Tasmanian laws aren't the worst in the country, some sections of the act are bad.
Essentially, our laws are written for physical injuries, but sometimes a physical injury doesn’t manifest until sometime after the event or it's hard to even remember the event - such as a strain that only becomes a larger problem a few days later.
The act is also totally deficient when it comes to mental health, and even the form says ‘date of incident’ – and we all know mental health issues like anxiety, depression, PTSI etc don’t necessarily manifest from a single incident, but the act doesn’t care.
Delaying taking action could jeopardise the right to claim down the track, and employers will get workers on a technicality if they can.
They have form on this, and regularly do it to injured workers, hiding behind the rules and claiming they have no choice when in fact they do have a choice – they’re just choosing the legal option over the moral one.
We’ll always work with members when workers comp issues arise and the best advice we can give now is to always seek good advice early.
Even if unsure about whether to even make a claim, seek advice by getting in touch with HACSUassist on 1300 880 032.