Changes to Work Injury Compensation Act (WICA) from 1 January 2016

The maximum and minimum compensation limits for death and total permanent incapacity under WICA are increased.  The cap on medical expenses are also increased.

 

Higher Compensation Limits

Compensation Type Accidents before 1 Jan 2016 Accidents from 1 Jan 2016
Death Min: $57,000
Max: $170,000
Min: $69,000
Max: $204,000
Total Permanent Incapacity (PI) Min: $73,000
Max: $218,000
Min: $88,000
Max: $262,000
Medical expenses Up to $30,000 or 1 year from date of accident, whichever is earlier Up to $36,000 or 1 year from date of accident, whichever is earlier

 

Treatments that help injured workers recover faster
Treatments that help injured workers to return to work earlier will be claimable as part of WICA medical expenses.  These activities are:

• Case management
• Functional capacity evaluation
• Worksite assessment for purposes of rehabilitating injured workers

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