Workers Compensation

If you have been injured at work or on the way to work, then you may be entitled to receive workers compensation for your injuries. Your employer has insurance for these compensation claims that can help cover your wages, medical and rehabilitation and expenses as well as access benefits that sit under the workers compensation scheme. There are two types of claims that you can make:

  • Statutory claims (where no fault needs to be established)
  • Common law claims (where the fault or negligence of your employer must be established)

Submitting a claim for worker’s compensation can also sometimes warrant a payout that is in place to compensate you for the pain and suffering and loss of income that you have endured. Talk to one of our expert workers compensation lawyers and get free and immediate advice that is specific to your situation by contacting our office. We have helped hundreds of Queenslanders get their life back on track.

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What Does Workers Compensation Cover You For?

If you have been injured at work or suffered a work-related illness, you can seek workers compensation for your injuries or illness. Your compensation also considers the gap between the way your life will go after your injuries or illness, and how it would have gone had you not been injured.

You may be able to claim for:

  • Medical bills
  • Hospital bills
  • Travel expenses to and from treatment
  • Permanent impairment compensation payout
  • Return to work services
  • Rehabilitation for your injuries

Contact our expert workers compensation lawyers in Brisbane to find out about the range of compensation available to you.

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Steps To Take If You Have Been Injured at Work

Being injured at work is never an easy thing to deal with. There are adjustments that you must make in your personal life, and you may have troubles getting around or need extra support and in-home care, which can rack up unexpected expenses. We understand that you are adjusting to this new stage, but it’s important that you go through a couple of critical steps so that our lawyers can start working on your workers compensation claim for you.

1. See your Doctor and obtain a workers’ compensation medical certificate.

2. Inform your employer and provide them with a copy of the medical certificate.

3. Lodge your claim with WorkCover. At this stage, your workers compensation lawyer can provide you with a detailed explanation of the process, the best way to approach it and explain what your options are going forward.

Employment Concerns

If you are concerned about the security or stability of your job, then know this: it is illegal for an employer to terminate your employment on the grounds of you making a workers’ compensation claim.

Further to this, you are likely to experience a significant disadvantage in the open labour market because of your injuries. Making a claim is the reason that we have workers’ compensation insurance. It’s important that we can hold negligent employers accountable for their actions and any injuries you have suffered at work because of an unsafe workplace, unsuitable supervision or unsafe equipment. Because at the end of the day, you should be able to go to work and return home free of injury and pain.

What Is Considered an Injury?

Physical injuries include aggravation of pre-existing conditions. This may include but is not limited to:

  • Shoulder injuries
  • Noise-induced hearing loss
  • Hernias
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Repetitive strain injuries 
  • Lacerations, burns and scarring
  • Amputations
  • Head and brain injuries

Psychiatric or psychological disorders can include but is not limited to:

  • PTSD 
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Psychiatric injury due to work pressure 
  • Mental stress due to exposure to a traumatic event
  • Mental stress due to workplace violence
  • Psychiatric injury due to bullying, harassing or intimidating conduct

Diseases as a result of occupational exposure can include but are not limited to:

  • Infectious diseases such as HIV, Q fever and Tuberculosis
  • Respiratory diseases such as coal workers' pneumoconiosis
  • Skin diseases such as contact dermatitis
  • Musculoskeletal diseases such as carpal tunnel syndrome

If the injuries have unfortunately resulted in death, then we can also make a claim on behalf of family members.

If you have been injured at work or suffered a work-related illness, then it is important that you get in touch with our workers compensation lawyers Brisbane as soon as possible to get started on your claim for compensation.

Time Limits For Your Personal Injury Claim

It is important to note that limitation periods apply in Queensland when lodging a workers’ compensation claim. Therefore, it is important to find a personal injury lawyer to represent you promptly. If you have been involved in a work accident or suffered a work-related illness and want to know more about your rights to compensation, then you will want to speak to one of our friendly and experienced workers compensation lawyers for some pressure-free advice. Should you wish to consider proceeding with a claim, we can arrange a no-obligation, free initial meeting.

Frequently Asked Questions

I have been offered a lump sum. Should I take it?

What do I do if I suffer an injury at work?

How long does a WorkCover claim take?

How much compensation will I get?

What benefits can I access while on WorkCover?

How much will a claim cost in legal fees?

What timeframe do I have to claim if I have been injured at work?

I only work casually, or am I on a contract. Am I entitled to make a WorkCover claim? 

Can I run a WorkCover claim myself?

Can I be fired if I apply for WorkCover?

My boss has told me not to lodge a WorkCover claim

Do I have to go to court?

Do my work mates have to be witnesses?

The injury at work was my fault. Can I still make a claim?

Does WorkCover pay superannuation?

What happens if my workplace has no WorkCover insurance?

Will my WorkCover claim affect my future job prospects?

My work injuries are so bad that I can't ever return to my previous role? What now?

What are WorkCover Queensland Contact Details?

Do I get paid holiday and leave entitlements when I am on WorkCover?

Will any compensation or lump sum I receive from WorkCover be taxable?

Who pays the workers compensation?

Am I able to  claim WorkCover if I was injured working at home?

How do I appeal a WorkCover Queensland decision?

Does WorkCover cover injuries  that have occurred while travelling?