FAQ’s – Frequently Asked Questions

Can I claim for an accident at work?

In Queensland, New South Wales and the Northern Territory you can lodge a statutory workers compensation claim if you were an employee and you were injured at work from an incident arising out of, or in the course of, employment if the employment is a significant contributing factor to the injury.

 

Injuries can happen at work, travelling to and from work or while on a break from work. Injuries can also take place if you are travelling for work, or visiting other workplaces or sites for the purposes of your job. Employees may be covered while working from home.

 

It is very important that you report your injury to management, your doctor and complete an incident form (keep a photocopy).

 

In some circumstances a lump sum for permanent impairment and/ or common law or civil claim can be made. This compensation is on top of your initial workers compensation claim entitlements.

How much compensation can I claim for a work accident?

How much compensation you can claim will depend on a number of factors, including:

  1. The severity of your injuries;
  2. Whether you need time off work;
  3. If you do require time off work, for how long;
  4. Whether you will be limited in your future work capacity;
  5. What treatment you require;
  6. Whether or not the treatment is ongoing;
  7. What level of permanent impairment you are left with, following treatment and rehabilitation.

The best way to get a good idea of the amount of work accident compensation you might receive is to have a free initial consultation with one of our solicitors by phone so that we can assess your situation properly.

We can also advise you of exactly what our fees will be, which would be on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that you only pay us on the successful completion of your claim.

Work accident claim time limits?

You should lodge a claim as soon as possible following your injury. Most states have a six (6) month time limit within which to lodge your workers compensation claim. This can be extended with a reasonable excuse for the delay.

There are other more strict time limits which may apply to your claim. For most claims you have three (3) years from the date of your injury to commence court proceedings for a common law or civil claim otherwise your claim may be statute barred. This means that you lose your right to compensation forever. There are pre-court procedures that take some time that you must comply with before commencing court proceedings. Accordingly, it is imperative that you instruct a lawyer as soon as possible to ensure that your claim is properly investigated ready to proceed in due course.

If you think you have missed a time limit, we advise you to still check with a lawyer as there may be other avenues for compensation.

Work accident lawyers

If you have been injured at work, it is always recommended you contact a reputed and experienced lawyer to give you the proper advice on your options and advice to get started. We can assist you with this.

A work accident lawyer will guide you in the right direction and their experience can make a tremendous difference to the success or failure of your claim and also to the amount of compensation you receive.

If you don’t know where to start in looking for a reputable solicitor then please feel free to contact us today for advice.

Our experienced work accident claims solicitors have been dealing with accidents at work claims for many years, and if you do indeed have a claim then we can get started on filing your compensation claim immediately.

Unlike some other companies we won’t refer you to one solicitor and then another and keep messing you about. We deal directly with your work accident claim and also do most things electronically so you won’t always be waiting around for paperwork to arrive in the post.

All of our accident at work claims are taken on as No win No fee and any fees that we charge are highly competitive. For some claims your legal fees are paid in entirety by the Insurer.

 

 

Can I claim for an accident at work?

In Queensland, New South Wales and the Northern Territory you can lodge a statutory workers compensation claim if you were an employee and you were injured at work from an incident arising out of, or in the course of, employment if the employment is a significant contributing factor to the injury.

 

Injuries can happen at work, travelling to and from work or while on a break from work. Injuries can also take place if you are travelling for work, or visiting other workplaces or sites for the purposes of your job. Employees may be covered while working from home.

 

It is very important that you report your injury to management, your doctor and complete an incident form (keep a photocopy).

 

In some circumstances a lump sum for permanent impairment and/ or common law or civil claim can be made. This compensation is on top of your initial workers compensation claim entitlements.

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