A recent study conducted by the Monash University has examined the practices of general practitioners and other medical specialists when issuing WorkCover certificates of capacity.
Researchers considered data provided by the Victorian WorkCover Authority for cases between 2003 and 2010 to identify trends in certification practices.
The study concluded that workers who suffer from mental health conditions are more likely to be certified unfit for all duties as opposed to being able to return on a limited basis. Workers suffering from a physical injury were more likely to return to work on alternative duties sooner rather than later. Overall, however, the data indicated that workers received alternative duties certificates for a much longer period of time than they did unfit for all duties certificates.
The researchers also examined whether the worker's type of injury had an impact on the length of time they received certificates from the treating health professional. The available data indicates that workers with musculoskeletal injuries and strains were likely to need certificates for a shorter period of time than people who suffered from psychiatric conditions or fractured bones whilst in the workplace.
Redlich's Work Injury Lawyers assist people suffering from a variety of injuries access their entitlements under the WorkCover system. If you or someone you know has suffered an injury whilst at work, we invite you to contact one of our WorkCover experts on (03) 9321 9988.