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Property damage claims

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
  • crutches
  • artificial limbs
  • spectacles.

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.

2. Clothing

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.

Further information

See the Guidelines for claiming workers compensation.

Disputes

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.