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Please note: The WorkCover payout examples listed in the table below do not include any future lost earnings. The future lost earnings portion of claims often exceed $1 million.

Because of this, your claim could be worth considerably more than the WorkCover payout examples below.

WorkCover Payouts

Each Australian jurisdiction has its own statutory regulator which determines WorkCover payouts in your state. Though the prescribed amounts are similar across the board, no two claims are the same. For this reason, it is impossible to know how much your claim is worth just from looking at guidelines.

Our table contains basic guidelines of general/special damage payouts. If you require a more comprehensive estimation, including lost earnings please feel free to call our expert workplace solicitors on 1800 106 107.

Nature of injuryAmount effective 1 July 2018 ($)
Upper extremity injuriesUpto - $272,175
Fingers and Hand
Sensory loss on either side of thumbUpto - $21,780
* Structural loss of index fingerUpto - $55,430
* Structural loss of 2 joints of index fingerUpto - $41,585
* Structural loss of distal joint to index fingerUpto - $27,700
Sensory loss to palmar surface of index fingerUpto - $21,780
Structural loss of 2 joints of middle fingerUpto - $35,395
Sensory loss to palmar surface of middle fingerUpto - $21,780
* Structural loss of ring fingerUpto - $27,700
* Structural loss of 2 joints of ring fingerUpto - $27,700
* Structural loss of distal joint of ring fingerUpto - $16,645
* Structural loss of little fingerUpto - $27,700
* Structural loss of 2 joints of little fingerUpto - $27,700
* Structural loss of distal joint of little fingerUpto - $16,645
Structural loss of hand or arm below the level of the elbowUpto - $244,960
Crush injury to hand with multiple fractures (healed with no deformities) but resulting in mild loss of motion of all fingers with extensive scarring and soft tissue damageUpto - $108,875
Wrist
Carpal tunnel syndrome, whether operated or non-operated, with residual subjective symptoms or signs e.g. dysaesthesia or muscle wastingUpto - $5,450
Fractured scaphoid, operatedUpto - $13,615
Fracture of radius or ulna or carpus bones with moderate limitation of wrist movements and mild limitation of elbow movements
Upto - $43,555
Elbow
Medial or lateral epicondylitis of elbow, whether operated or non-operated with residual subjective symptoms or signs e.g. pain and tendernessUpto - $5,450
Injury to elbow region resulting in moderate loss of all movementsUpto - $84,385
Shoulder and Arm
Injury to shoulder region resulting in mild loss of all movementsUpto - $16,340
Injury to shoulder region resulting in moderate loss of all movementsUpto - $43,555
Lower extremity injuriesUpto - $255,170
Toes and Foot
* Structural loss of any toe (other than great toe)Upto - $27,700
* Structural loss of great toeUpto - $55,430
* Structural loss of joint of great toeUpto - $27,700
Fracture of any metatarsal, worst possible outcome e.g. pain or loss of weight transferUpto - $25,525
Structural loss of a footUpto - $160,755
* Structural loss of two toes (other than great toe) of a footUpto - $34,030
* Structural loss of three toes (other than great toe) of a footUpto - $39,985
* Structural loss of four toes (other than great toe) of a footUpto - $45,940
* Structural loss of great toe and one other toe of a footUpto - $68,045
* Structural loss of great toe and two other toes of a footUpto - $85,060
* Structural loss of great toe and three other toes of a footUpto - $102,075
* Structural loss of joint of great toe and one other toe of a footUpto - $34,030
* Structural loss of joint of great toe and two other toes of a footUpto - $39,985
* Structural loss of joint of great toe and three other toes of a footUpto - $45,940
* Structural loss of joint of great toe and four other toes of a footUpto - $51,900
* Structural loss of all toes of a footUpto - $114,835
Ankle
Fracture to os calcis, worst possible outcomeUpto - $63,805
Knee
Chondromalacia patellae, non-operatedUpto - $0
Chondromalacia patellae, operatedUpto - $5,110
Patellar fracture, whether operated or non-operatedUpto - $30,630
Mild aggravation of pre-existing degenerative disease in knee with subjective symptoms, but no significant clinical findings other than degenerative changes on
X-ray
Upto - $0
Moderate to severe aggravation or acceleration of pre-existing disease in knee with subjective symptoms, but no significant clinical findings other than degenerative
changes on X-ray
Upto - $17,870
Total knee replacementUpto - $127,590
Hip Joint and Leg
Mild aggravation of pre-existing degenerative disease in hip joint with subjective symptoms, but no significant clinical findings other than degenerative changes on
X-ray
Upto - $0
Moderate to severe aggravation or acceleration of pre-existing disease in hip joint with subjective symptoms, but no significant clinical findings other than degenerative
changes on X-ray
Upto - $17,870
Injury to hip region resulting in mild loss of all movementsUpto - $30,630
Injury to hip region resulting in moderate loss of all movementsUpto - $63,805
Fracture of femoral neckUpto - $127,590
Total hip replacementUpto - $114,835
Special provision injuries - VisionUpto - $340,215
Vision
* Loss of vision in 1 eye (corrected vision)Upto - $110,855
* Total loss of vision in 1 eye resulting from loss of an eyeballUpto - $124,700
Total loss of vision of 1 eye with serious diminution of vision in the other eye (less than 10% vision remaining)Upto - $289,190
Special provision injuries - HearingUpto - $138,575
Hearing
Loss of hearing in 1 earUpto - $68,045
* Binaural hearing lossUpto - $138,575
Special provision injuries - BreastUpto - $102,075
Injury to Breast
* Structural loss of breastUpto - $340,215
Other injuries
Musculo-Skeletal System
Prolapsed intervertebral disc in cervical spine with referred pain, non-operated with
resolution of subjective symptoms, and no loss of range of movements
Upto - $34,030
Prolapsed intervertebral disc in cervical spine with referred pain, treated surgically by
discectomy and fusion with resolution of referred pain. Persisting neck pain with
moderate loss of range of movements
Upto - $51,045
Major compression fracture of vertebral body(s) in thoracic spine, healed with
subjective symptoms, but no physical signs
Upto - $34,030
Mild aggravation of pre-existing degenerative disease in lumbosacral spine with
subjective symptoms, but no significant clinical findings other than degenerative
changes on X-ray
Upto - $0
Moderate to severe aggravation of pre-existing spondylolisthesis, treated surgically by
discectomy or fusion with resolution of symptoms
Upto - $34,030
Major compression fracture of vertebral body(s) in lumbar region, healed with
subjective symptoms, but no physical signs
Upto - $34,030
Prolapsed intervertebral disc in lumbosacral spine with referred pain, treated surgically
by discectomy or fusion with resolution of referred pain, but persisting low back pain.
Mild loss of range of movement
Upto - $51,045
Prolapsed intervertebral disc in lumbosacral spine with referred pain, treated surgically
by discectomy or fusion, but with persisting referred pain and low back pain.
Moderate loss of range of movements
Upto - $85,060
Healed fracture to pelvis with displacement in any region (other than acetabulum,
coccyx and sacrum) with subjective symptoms, but no significant signs
Upto - $17,020
Fracture or dislocation of symphysis or sacro-iliac jointUpto - $34,030
Nervous System
Severe vertigo with subjective symptoms and signs and totally dependentUpto - $238,155
* Loss of smellUpto - $41,585
* Loss of smell and tasteUpto - $69,275
* Loss of speechUpto - $194,000
Fracture to the mid third of the face with permanent nerve involvementUpto - $81,660
Spinal Cord
Injuries
* Cervical cord injury with or without fractureUpto - $306,200
Thoracic cord injury with or without fractureUpto - $204,135
* Complete paraplegiaUpto - $306,200
Cardiovascular System
Coronary Artery
Disease
A history of myocardial infarction, with no post infarction angina, on optimal medical
treatment
Upto - $51,045
Alimentary System
SplenectomyUpto - $17,020
Subjective symptoms (e.g. local pain or dysaesthesia) following hernia repair(s), but no
significant signs
Upto - $0
Subjective symptoms and signs (e.g. pain or dysaesthesia, tenderness) following hernia
repair(s)
Upto - $6,810
Primary or recurrent hernia when surgery is an absolute contraindicationUpto - $34,030
Viral hepatitis -
mildUpto - $85,060
moderateUpto - $170,110
severeUpto - $340,215
Urinary and Reproductive Systems
Loss of both kidneys or only functioning kidneyUpto - $340,215
Loss of fertilityUpto - $51,045
5 ImpotenceUpto - $51,045
Loss of sexual function (both impotence and infertility)Upto - $102,075
Loss of genital organsUpto - $170,110
Skin
Chronic contact dermatitis. Signs and subjective symptoms persist intermittently on
removal from exposure to the primary irritant. Intermittent treatment required
Upto - $34,030
Chronic contact dermatitis. Signs and subjective symptoms persist almost
continuously on removal from exposure to the primary irritant. Intermittent to
constant treatment required
Upto - $68,045
Solar induced skin disease that is malignantUpto - $85,060
Persistent neurodermatitis secondary to occupational contact irritant dermatitis. Signs
and subjective symptoms persist continuously on removal from exposure to the
primary irritant and are exacerbated by exposure to secondary irrritants. Constant
treatment required
Upto - $102,075
Prescribed disfigurementUpto - $170,110
Mild almost invisible linear scarring following surgery or trauma in lines of election to
any part(s) of the body with minimal discoloration, normal texture and elevation
Upto - $0
Moderate linear scarring following surgery or trauma crossing lines of election to any
part(s) of the body with minimal discoloration, normal texture and elevation
Upto - $3,405
Moderate to severe linear scarring following surgery or trauma in or crossing lines of
election to any part(s) of the body. Discoloured, indurated, atrophic or hypertrophic
Upto - $17,020
Area scarring to any part(s) of the body following surgery or trauma. Atrophic or
hypertrophic, markedly discoloured
Upto - $34,030
Depressed cheek, nasal or frontal bones following traumaUpto - $59,550
Loss of or severe deformity of outer earUpto - $68,045
Severe, bilateral gross facial deformity following burns or other traumaUpto - $85,060
Loss of entire noseUpto - $85,060
Gross scarring following burns to multiple body areas. Some areas healing
spontaneously and some requiring grafting. Gross scarring at the burn and donor sites.
Outcome resulting in fragile, dry, cracking skin at graft sites necessitating the need for
wearing of special garments. Severe cases resulting in loss of sweat glands and lack of
sweating leading to the necessity to be in a continuous air conditioned environment
Upto - $170,110
Psychiatric or psychological injuriesUpto - $340,215
Psychiatric impairment from trauma (major depression or psychosis)Upto - $340,215
Adjustment disorder with anxiety/depressionUpto - $340,215
PTSDUpto - $340,215
Other psychiatric disordersUpto - $340,215

This page contains information from the Worksafe table of injuries and also doesn’t take into consideration any legal fees.

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