Compensation for Workers

If you have been injured at work, you may be entitled to benefits through WorkCover for loss of wages, medical expenses and rehabilitation costs. Importantly, you may also be able to claim damages if your injuries were caused as a result of negligence by your employer. For example, the negligence may involve an unsafe system of work, unsafe equipment, or an unsafe work environment.

It can also cover the negligent actions of a co-worker. You may even be able to claim damages if you suffered injuries on someone else’s premises. There are however time restrictions for lodging an application for WorkCover benefits.

It is important to note if there has been negligence on behalf of your employer, you may be able to obtain more compensation via a Common Law claim than through the usual statutory process.

You need to contact us as soon as possible so we may protect your legal rights and discuss your entitlements.

Compensation claim

What is a Workover Claim and Who Can Seek Compensation

Workplace injuries can range from catastrophic to strains and sprains, including repetitive strain injury (RSI).

If you’ve been injured at work, due to the negligence of an employer or co-worker, the QLD Law Group can help you obtain all the workers’ compensation benefits and damages to which you are legally entitled.

We can give you advice regarding:

Entitlement to damages claims, lump sum compensation entitlements, payout offers you may have received, making WorkCover claims, rejected compensation claims and terminated compensation benefits.

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No Win No Fee

‘No win, no fee’ means you will only be charged a fee once the claim is settled in your favour.

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Costs

Most of our compensation claims can be run under our “No Win/No Fee” policy. In other words, you will only need to pay our professional fees if there is a judgment or settlement in your favour.

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    As an injured worker, you have two options for compensation in Queensland – a statutory claim or a common law claim.

    Statutory Claims

    Under a statutory claim, you can apply for workers’ compensation benefits regardless of who or what caused the work-related injury within 6 months of the injury*. Benefits under this ‘no fault’ system may include hospital and medical expenses, lost wages, travelling expenses, rehabilitation treatment or a lump sum compensation payment for permanent impairment.*If the 6 months has passed contact your lawyer to discuss your options.

    Common Law Claims

    Most claimants start with a statutory claim and move on to a common law claim, if their employer is at fault.

    Common law claims must be lodged within three years from the date of the injury, and damages can include payments for past and future loss of income, treatment and other expenses, and pain and suffering.

    If negligence by other parties has contributed to your injuries, as in the case of an accident caused by faulty equipment supplied by a third party, they may be required to contribute to your damages claim.

    However, if you contributed to your own injuries, for example, by not following safety instructions, the amount of damages may be reduced.

    Most importantly, you should obtain advice from your lawyer before signing any documentation or responding to any settlement offer from the other party, or you may lose your right to claim damages.

    You should contact us as soon as possible after the injury, because strict time limits apply for making a claim.

    Case Studies

    LOUISE IS 37 YEARS OLD AND WORKS IN A NURSING HOME.
    Louise was involved in a workplace accident which resulted in her sustaining a shoulder and back injury. She required transportation to hospital where her injuries were treated. The doctor diagnosed that she was unlikely to return to work for several months and there was the possibility that surgery may be required in the future.With a young family to support, Louise rang a lawyer to discuss the circumstances of the accident. It was identified that the employer failed to maintain a safe work environment which caused Louise’s injury. Following this, a specialised Workplace Injury lawyer called Louise to discuss her situation further and arrange a time to meet for her initial no obligation consultation.After the consultation it was agreed that the lawyer would commence working on her case to ensure she was fairly compensated. Louise underwent medical examinations, physiotherapy and lastly surgery on the injured shoulder. Fortunately, Louise was able to participate in a Return To Work Program and eventually returned to work on a full time basis but was unable to perform any overtime. As a result of this inability to take on overtime she was overlooked for a promotion.Several months later Louise was still having difficulties performing at work with her injuries so she decided to undertake a TAFE course securing a new employment position that was less strenuous. With the change of employment Louise was able to continue
full time work in her new role.The claim continued against her former employer resulting in a large compensation being awarded.
    LOUISE IS 37 YEARS OLD AND WORKS IN A NURSING HOME.
    Louise was involved in a workplace accident which resulted in her sustaining a shoulder and back injury. She required transportation to hospital where her injuries were treated. The doctor diagnosed that she was unlikely to return to work for several months and there was the possibility that surgery may be required in the future.With a young family to support, Louise rang a lawyer to discuss the circumstances of the accident. It was identified that the employer failed to maintain a safe work environment which caused Louise’s injury. Following this, a specialised Workplace Injury lawyer called Louise to discuss her situation further and arrange a time to meet for her initial no obligation consultation.After the consultation it was agreed that the lawyer would commence working on her case to ensure she was fairly compensated. Louise underwent medical examinations, physiotherapy and lastly surgery on the injured shoulder. Fortunately, Louise was able to participate in a Return To Work Program and eventually returned to work on a full time basis but was unable to perform any overtime. As a result of this inability to take on overtime she was overlooked for a promotion.Several months later Louise was still having difficulties performing at work with her injuries so she decided to undertake a TAFE course securing a new employment position that was less strenuous. With the change of employment Louise was able to continue
full time work in her new role.The claim continued against her former employer resulting in a large compensation being awarded.
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    We want you to understand the Legal Process, step by step.

    Stage 1

    You tell us exactly what has happened to you. We review the details of the incident and tell you if your case has good prospects for success or if it does not. There are no costs to you for this advice, and you are under no obligation to proceed with legal action. Should you choose to make a claim, we submit a Notice of Claim to the other party notifying them of your intention to pursue a claim and the circumstances of your case within one month of the initial consultation.

    Stage 2

    The insurer investigates your claim to determine if they will accept liability in full or in part, or will deny that they are liable for your injuries. We continue to obtain updates from you in relation to your injuries, treatment, requirement for assistance, the status of your employment and so on. In some cases, it is appropriate for the lawyer to liaise with the insurer to ensure that they assist you in obtaining rehabilitation for your injuries.

    Stage 3

    The insurer investigates your claim to determine if they will accept liability in full or in part, or will deny that they are liable for your injuries. We continue to obtain updates from you in relation to your injuries, treatment, requirement for assistance, the status of your employment and so on. In some cases, it is appropriate for the lawyer to liaise with the insurer to ensure that they assist you in obtaining rehabilitation for your injuries.

    Stage 4

    You tell us exactly what has happened to you. We review the details of the incident and tell you if your case has good prospects for success or if it does not. There are no costs to you for this advice, and you are under no obligation to proceed with legal action. Should you choose to make a claim, we submit a Notice of Claim to the other party notifying them of your intention to pursue a claim and the circumstances of your case within one month of the initial consultation.

    Stage 5

    The insurer investigates your claim to determine if they will accept liability in full or in part, or will deny that they are liable for your injuries. We continue to obtain updates from you in relation to your injuries, treatment, requirement for assistance, the status of your employment and so on. In some cases, it is appropriate for the lawyer to liaise with the insurer to ensure that they assist you in obtaining rehabilitation for your injuries.

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