I’m in a (possibly) tricky situation, my girlfriend is about to have back surgery for a bulging disc when she tells me that the injury occurred at work when she was picking something up. The thing is, this was 5 years ago!
She lodge an internal injury form, and went to the doctor and had some scans (confirming she had a bulging disc injury) and then took three weeks sick leave because she couldn’t move. She at no time lodged a workers compensation claim, and was not told at any point that she should lodge one.
From what I can tell, the time limit is 3 years to lodge a compensation claim (just some vague reading I’ve made, could be completely wrong). But is there anything she can still do? The surgery alone is over $15k out of pocket expenses let alone the physio, medication and time of work she has had to take over the last 5 years. She even still works at the same place after all this time. If she can’t lodge a compensation claim, then is the workplace at fault in any way for not informing her that this was something she needed to do?