The changes only apply to workers who sustained a workplace injury and who made a claim for compensation before 1 October 2012.
The changes are:
workers injured before retiring age may have access to weekly payments for up to 12 months after retiring age
ongoing reasonably necessary medical treatment until retiring age for workers with a permanent impairment of between 21 and 30 per cent (or up to 12 months after retiring age if still in receipt of weekly payments)
continued access to home and vehicle modifications, crutches, artificial members (prosthetic limbs), eyes or teeth, spectacles and other artificial aids (including hearing aids and hearing aid batteries) until retiring age (or up to 12 months after retiring age if still in receipt of weekly payments)
access to secondary surgery for the same part of the body, that is directly consequential on an earlier surgery, and which is approved by the insurer within two years of the earlier surgery (or later, if the claim is disputed)
preventing the insurer from taking action based on a work capacity decision (such as reducing weekly payments) until a review of the decision has been completed, provided the worker requested the review within 30 days of being notified of the decision.
CGU is actively searching its database to identify workers who may be entitled to further benefits.
While CGU is making every effort to identify and contact workers directly, this may take some time. In the meantime, if you believe you are entitled to further benefits, you can contact us on 1300 666 506.
Further information is available on the WorkCover website including a fact sheet
and questions and answers for workers
CGU is working with WorkCover to implement these changes as soon as possible.