If you’re a worker, you might be eligible for compensation for the cost of damage done to artificial aids and clothing in a work-related incident.
You do not have to be injured to claim for property damage.
You are eligible to claim the reasonable cost of repairing or replacing an item(s) damaged in a work-related incident.
You can do this by applying to your employer’s insurer in writing. You should include the following information to support your claim:
- That the accident happened because of or during your employment
- What types of items were damaged and their value, and
- How they were damaged.
The following property can be claimed:
1. Artificial aids
This can include:
- artificial eyes
- false teeth
- artificial limbs
Compensation can include:
- the reasonable cost of repair (or if necessary the replacement) of the artificial aid
- the service costs of qualified people (eg consultations, prescriptions and examinations) in repairing or replacing the artificial aid
- the loss of wages associated with attending consultations, prescriptions and examinations to repair or replace the artificial aid.
The maximum amount payable for damage to artificial aids is $2,000. This may be increased by a direction from the Workers Compensation Commission (WCC), or us if no proceedings are before the WCC, on application made by a worker.
This can include compensation for the repair, and if necessary, the replacement of clothing damaged in the incident.
The maximum amount payable for damage to clothing is $600. This amount may be increased by a direction from the WCC, or by us if no proceedings are before the WCC, on application made by a worker.
If you need assistance speak to the insurer or the Workers Compensation Independent Review Office (WIRO) on 13 94 76.
Sometimes there can be disputes about compensation. If there’s a dispute, there’s help available.
Our workers compensation disputes section has more information on how we can help.