WorkCover & Medico Legal
Dr McLean accepts referrals
for work-related injuries.
WorkCover supervises and governs the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1986 and the South Australian Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Scheme that is established under this act. WorkCover SA is subject to the control and direction of the Minister for Industrial Relations, The Hon. John Rau MP.
The WorkCover system functions to provide compensation for injury that occurs in the workplace. The statutory authority is funded by employers to manage the employee's fund, assure coverage for work-related injury claims, inspect for entitlements, and oversee the rehabilitation until the worker is healthy and safe to return to work.
WorkCover in NT & SA
An injured worker may be entitled to compensation if:
- The injury was caused by their work duties or happened in the course of their employment
- Their employment contributed to a disease or illness, including psychological injury
Depending on the nature of the injury, a worker’s entitlements can include:
- Weekly payments of income maintenance
- Medical and associated costs reasonably incurred as a consequence of the injury or illness
- Lump-sum compensation for non-economic loss (permanent impairment)
The majority of the workers who claim compensation for the treatment will experience nominal interruption and apprehensions. When measured in terms of recovery rate and outcomes across all workers' compensation jurisdictions:
- Almost 80% of injured workers progress candidly.
- Almost 20% exhibit levels of distress and disability when investigated in relation to the initial injury.
- And of the 20%, a further 5% of them proceed to exhibit apparently unequal outcomes where levels of long-term disability and distress cannot be justified by the initial injury.
The reasons for this difference in outcomes and recovery rates between compensable and non-compensable injuries appear convoluted, and some are not well understood. The psychological, social and health provider factors may play a role in the recovery of an injured worker.
Dr McLean does not provide medico-legal second opinions for patients previously operated on by other Surgeons. Dr McLean offers a quick and comprehensive service for WorkCover patients.
Dr McLean offers a quick and comprehensive service for WorkCover patients. It is recommended that patients seek an independent Orthopaedic Surgeon who sub-specialises in this area for medico-legal reassessments.
Reports can be prepared for
- WorkCover Case(s)
Fees & Charges
- AMA recommended rates
- No "out-of-pocket" expenses
Dr McLean does not prepare reports for
- Second opinions on patients already operated on by other surgeons
- Life Insurance or Income Protection Insurance Claims