What to expect
Before your medical assessment tribunal
Your insurer should let you know you are being referred to a medical assessment tribunal and will send us the referral paperwork. After we receive the paperwork, a tribunal officer will contact you with your appointment date-the appointment is usually within six to eight weeks from when we received the referral. We will send a copy of the referral paperwork to you and your medical assessment tribunal doctors. We can also send a copy to your representative (if you have one) but we will need an authorisation form from you first.
You might have another report or document you wish to be considered by the medical assessment tribunal-send this to us and your insurer no later than 10 business days before the day of your appointment. We will provide the medical assessment tribunal doctors with a copy of your documents.
Your insurer can respond to your documents but they must respond in writing and provide you and the tribunal doctors with a copy at least three business days before your appointment. At your appointment you can bring along relevant radiological imaging, such as x-rays or cat scans. Documents that have not been exchanged in accordance with the above process cannot be considered by the tribunal.
Most medical assessments tribunals are held at the Workers' Compensation Regulator but sometimes you might need to see the doctors at their practices before your appointment. This is usually for eye and ear, nose and throat injuries because specialised equipment is needed to perform the examination. The medical assessment tribunal usually takes between 45 to 60 minutes. The doctors will discuss the medical aspects of your claim with you and for physical injuries, they may also do a clinical examination. You may provide the doctors with more information about your injury verbally.
If you decide to have a representative you should be aware that you will need to cover the costs.
Information on what happens after an hearing of a medical assessment tribunal.
Decisions handed down by a medical assessment tribunal are usually final under most circumstances.
Workers are able to be represented at a medical assessment tribunal if required.
- Last updated
- 29 September 2017