Workplace injuries in Queensland mostly fall under Workers’ Compensation law. It is compulsory for all employers to have workers’ compensation insurance in the event an injury happens at work or during the course of employment.
It doesn’t matter if you were employed on a casual, part time, full time or on a contract basis – you may still be able to make a claim for workers’ compensation if you were injured at work.
Our team can handle all aspects of workers’ compensation claims including, but not limited to:
- Common law claims (workplace injuries);
- Statutory workers’ compensation claims including:
- Application for WorkCover Review
- Industrial WorkCover appeals
- Medical Assessment Tribunals
- All matters involving Industrial Relations Commission and Industrial Magistrates Court.
When it comes to making a workers’ compensation claim, an individual can claim for:
- injuries suffered at work
- injuries suffered as a result of work or during work activities
- illnesses or diseases due to work
- illnesses or diseases made worse by work
- injuries suffered when travelling for work purposes
- injuries suffered while receiving treatment for a separate work injury
As part of the workers’ compensation scheme, psychological injuries are also covered, as are stress related injuries such as heart attacks or strokes.
To find out if the injury you sustained is covered under workers’ compensation law in Queensland, contact an expert lawyer as soon as possible.
How much compensation you can receive really depends on the severity of your injuries and the facts of your particular situation.
Once a lawyer knows the ins and outs of your case they should be able to give you a good idea of your rights and how much you can expect to receive
It’s illegal for an employer to dismiss an employee on the basis that they have made a workers’ compensation claim. Having said this, it’s possible you may be dismissed if you are no longer able to do your job due to illness or injury.
The law surrounding workers’ compensation in Queensland allows an individual to claim for:
- Medical and hospital expenses
- Loss of income
- Travelling expenses
- Permanent impairment
- Rehabilitation expenses
The workers’ compensation system exists to compensate injured workers. The system is extremely beneficial for injured workers, however can be a minefield if a worker is not legally represented, acts without obtaining legal advice, or doesn’t act in a timely fashion.
Getting the right advice for your situation is important as not every workers’ compensation case is the same. There are strict time limits which apply as well, and waiting too long may mean you lose your right to make a claim.
Waiting until after any WorkCover assessment is not necessarily in your best interests either, as a lawyer can work to position your case effectively to give you the best chance of maximising your entitlements.
It’s best to seek legal help as soon as possible following a work injury.