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Bondi Junction workers’ comp claims top 300

More workers’ compensation claims have been lodged with NSW state insurer icare nearly a month after the Bondi Junction Westfield mall stabbings.

icare says it received 320 claims as of May 6, up from more than 200 in the days after the April 13 attacks that left six dead and several injured.

Meanwhile, the Insurance Council of Australia says its members have engaged with the NSW government, the NSW Small Business Commissioner and the Australian Retail Association about potential business interruption (BI) claims.

“Insurers are working to ensure that any claims of small business owners affected by these events are dealt with efficiently and empathetically,” the Insurance Council said.

It has developed a business interruption guide to assist potential claimants, providing a general outline of documents and information required to submit a claim.

“Your broker or insurer will be able to advise you whether you have a BI policy and, if so, whether it may cover the losses you have incurred while your business was closed,” the guide says.

“As each claim is different, insurers may also require additional or different information, depending on factors such as the period of time that a business has been impacted, the nature of the business and the type of loss suffered.”

Click here for the guide.