If you have been injured at work or on the way to work, you may be entitled to receive worker’s compensation for your injuries. Your employer has insurance for these workers’ compensation claims that can help cover your wages, medical and rehabilitation and expenses, and 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 worker’s compensation claim 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 worker’s compensation lawyers and get free and immediate advice specific to your situation by contacting our office. We have helped hundreds of Queenslanders get their life back on track.
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 condition 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
Steps To Take If You Have Been Injured at Work
Being injured at work is never an easy thing to deal with. In addition, there are adjustments that you must make in your personal life, and you may have trouble 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 you must go through a couple of critical steps so that our lawyers can start working on your worker’s compensation claim for you.
- See your Doctor and obtain a workers’ compensation medical certificate.
- Inform your employer and provide them with a copy of the medical certificate.
- Lodge your claim with WorkCover. At this stage, your worker’s compensation lawyer can provide you with a detailed explanation of the process, the best way to approach it, and explain your options.
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. We must 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.