How to Make a Workers Compensation Claim QLD for WorkCover

The simplest way to claim workers' compensation from WorkCover Queensland for a work-related illness or injury is to fill out and submit the online claim form.  Know the steps to a successful workers' compensation claim QLD.
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A Step-By-Step Guide to QLD Workers’ Compensation Claims Process

When injured at work, knowing how to claim WorkCover QLD and make a common law claim can be tricky. So, our step-by-step guide to work accident claims is here to help you understand the process and how to have a successful work injury payout.

How Does WorkCover Work in Queensland?

When you experience a work-related physical injury, illness, or mental health condition because of a workplace accident, your employer will have work accident insurance, known as WorkCover. This workers’ compensation scheme was established under the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003. Consequently, employers (except for self-insured employers) must have this compulsory insurance to fund their benefits when they claim worker’s compensation.

Does WorkCover Cover All Employees?

WorkCover insurance generally covers all Queensland employees for injuries sustained in workplace accidents (although some sizable employers may have self-insurer cover). This compensation insurance also includes protection for harm acquired while:

  • Conducting work-related business
  • Travelling to or from work
  • Travelling for work purposes
  • Injuries acquired at work activities and events.

What is Covered by WorkCover?

When WorkCover approves your case, you will receive weekly payments (replacing lost wages) and your medical practitioner’s costs for physiotherapy, rehabilitation, GP consultations, surgery, blood tests, X-rays, scans and other required assessments or treatments.

What is my claim worth?

Can I Make a Claim?

The eligibility conditions for workers’ compensation claims are outlined in the Workers Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003. Hence, Workcover Queensland will consider the following questions when you make a claim:

  • Has the statutory claim been lodged within the right timeframe?
  • Was the claimant working for the employer when they had a workplace injury or illness?
  • Is the claimant considered to be a worker? (do they meet the definition)
  • Was the person’s job significantly contributing to their injury or illness?

It can be complicated to know if you satisfy the eligibility requirements of WorkCover Queensland, but fortunately, Splatt Lawyers will assess your case for free. Call Now 1800 700 125, or use our free online claim check >

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How to Claim WorkCover QLD for a Work-Related Injury or Illness

The simplest way to claim workers’ compensation from WorkCover for a work injury or illness is to fill out and submit the online claim form.

However, before you do this, please review the recommended steps below to give yourself the best chance of success when you make a claim.

Steps of the QLD WorkCover Claims Process

1. Get medical treatment from a medical practitioner

Please seek treatment from a doctor and provide them with information about your work-related injuries, including the physical and psychological impacts. They will generally issue you a work capacity certificate. Remember that the Queensland workplace insurer covers your medical expenses when you have an approved case.

2. Report your work-related incident

Ensure you make a work accident report as soon as you can. Be aware that time limits apply (generally 20 days), so take swift action. All employers are legally required to have an accident register or injury ledger. Another option is to file a report by lodging a compensation claim with your boss.

Please be truthful, concise, and accurate when completing this document. Do not exaggerate or embellish your condition, which could harm your case. Remember to give a copy of the completed form to your lawyer.

3. Get a Medical Certificate and supporting documents

As with all insurance claims, you will need documents to support your case, like:

  • A copy of your work accident report from the employer you were working with when the illness occurred
  • Medical treatment records and assessments from a general practitioner.
  • Receipts for claimable expenses

If you are taking time away from work due to your condition, you will also need a certificate of capacity from your doctor. Please submit these as soon as you can.

4. Fill out and lodge your workers’ compensation claim form

First, you will need a WorkCover medical certificate from your GP. You can then begin the workers’ compensation process by lodging your WorkCover claim using the online form.

5. WorkCover Assesses Your Case

WorkCover has 20 days to decide about your case, so they will contact you to ask questions about your work and injuries. Be aware that they take notes and may record these conversations.

Likewise, they will contact your employer to discuss your pay and the circumstances of your accident.

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How Does WorkCover Decide a Claim?

The process for determining the outcome of a WorkCover claim follows established guidelines and procedures. To do this, they will review the following:

  • Did you lodge your case within the applicable time limit?
  • Was the injured worker employed when they were harmed?
  • Is the claimant classified as a worker based on legislative guidelines?
  • Was there a work accident or event that led to your injury?

Please know that the Queensland workers’ compensation scheme is a no-fault system, so there is no need to prove who was to blame for your accident (even if you were at fault). However, you must prove liability for your loss for other types of personal injury claims (including common law claims).

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What Happens When My WorkCover Claim is Accepted

When WorkCover accepts your claim, you will receive weekly compensation (also called weekly payments).

The value of these payments is based on your previous 12 months’ earnings before your accident. The calculation included factors like overtime, penalty rates, a higher duty allowance, and others.

This weekly income will not include reimbursement allowances like meals, travel, superannuation, accrued leave, and relocation expenses. WorkCover will also reimburse you for your work-related injury medical costs.

When Do My Payments End?

WorkCover payments end when:

  • You go back to work
  • Your injuries are at their highest level of improvement
  • You reach the maximum value of weekly compensation
  • You retire from work

How to Get the Most From Your WorkCover Payments

How you fill out your WorkCover lodgement form will determine if you get the most from your weekly payments. So submit your correct pay rate, including regular shift loadings and allowances. Contact your HR department if you are still determining your salary and entitlements.

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What If My Workers’ Compensation Claim QLD is Denied or Rejected

When workers’ compensation claims are denied or rejected, that is rarely the end of the matter. Of course, you will be disappointed at this outcome, but you can still pursue your case.

Sometimes, WorkCover rejects a case because the insurance company does not believe your physical or mental damage is work-related or your employer challenges your side’s version of events. However, a claim rejection can be an opportunity for a thorough investigation of your circumstances and an improved chance of presenting your situation.

Role of the Workers Compensation Regulator

Under the Queensland workers’ compensation scheme, the role of the workers’ compensation regulator is to review the insurer’s decision internally. This responsibility extends to:

  • Rejected applications, including a decision to deny compensation, a service or payment
  • A decision that an injured worker is not entitled to care, treatment and support payments
  • A decision to terminate benefits or to refuse an examination application
  • Deciding that a worker’s serious injury is unlikely to continue to satisfy Chapter 4A conditions (for serious personal injuries) after the interim period ends.
  • Refusing to accept liability to make treatment, care and benefit payments, including when the claimant is absent from Australia.

Legal Help with QLD Workcover Claims Disputes

If you believe your case has been denied unfairly, you should seek legal advice from an experienced work injury lawyer. Splatt Lawyers has been challenging the rights of injured workers for nearly three decades, including negotiating with the workers’ compensation regulator.

Our Queensland personal injury law firm provides 100% no win, no fee legal services to all our valued clients, which means you pay when you win, and nothing if you lose. Get immediate legal support now by Calling 1800 700 125.

What Are Some of the Injuries Covered by WorkCover Insurance?

Any workplace accident or event that causes a physical or psychological injury or escalates a pre-existing ailment can qualify for WorkCover benefits. However, some common injuries are:

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Work-Related Psychological Injuries

Your work can damage your mental health in many ways, and when this happens, you could have a WorkCover psychological injury claim. However, it’s not enough to have emotional damage from your job. To succeed, you must have a recognised psychological or psychiatric disorder like:

  • PTSD
  • Adjustment disorder
  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Bipolar affective disorder
  • Dissociative disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Psychosis
  • Obsessive-compulsive Disorder

Remember, you can also seek compensation when your job worsens a pre-existing injury. These types of claims are challenging because your harm is not visible. Working with an experienced psychiatric injury lawyer is your best chance of success.

More about work-related mental illness >

Do I Have a Valid Claim?

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Lump Sum WorkCover Payouts

When you are permanently impaired due to a severe work-related injury, you can also pursue a lump sum WorkCover payout. In this case, independent medical examiners would complete an assessment to determine the following:

  1. Your injury or illness is stable and stationary (no further improvement expected)
  2. To decide if you are permanently impaired

More about permanent impairment payouts >

Common Law Claims

You can claim common law damages if your employer’s negligence (in other words, when your boss breached) their legal duty of care) was the cause of your injury. WorkCover Queensland must accept a statutory claim before you can file a common law claim against your employer. In this situation, you are suing your employer for your loss. When successful, the insurance company will fund your common law damages by paying your lump sum compensation.

How Our Expert Workers Compensation Claim Lawyers Help

Navigating the Queensland Workers Compensation System to access your owed work injury insurance benefits can be difficult. So, our work injury lawyers will support you in the process of making a claim, providing effective legal representation and reliable advice.

We aim to deliver your best legal outcome by ensuring you know your entitlements and right to claim. Please get in touch for expert workers’ compensation legal advice if you have encountered any of the following:

  • A work-related injury
  • A mental health injury caused by your job
  • Your work escalated a pre-existing injury, illness or psychological disorder
  • WorkCover rejects your work injury case
  • The insurance company won’t pay for something
  • The insurer denies medical treatment or surgery.
  • You have not had legal advice for a work injury
  • You want to know how to get a lump sum payout
  • Your boss is trying to make you return to work
  • You want to know your legal rights

Remember, knowing where you stand is free, and you owe nothing until we win your case. Find out how we can help you by Calling – 1800 700 125.

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Work Related Injury Compensation FAQs

How does workers’ compensation work in Qld?

When workers are injured on the job, they can make a claim with WorkCover Queensland. Workers’ compensation covers lost wages, medical expenses, rehabilitation, and out-of-pocket expenses when approved.

How much does WorkCover payout in Qld?

According to WorkSafe QLD statistics, the average common law payout for work-related injuries was $188,794 in 2022–2023.

On the other hand, the value of a lump sum payout under a statutory claim is $3,805.75 for each 1% of permanent impairment as assessed using the ISV scale.

What is the maximum payout for workers’ compensation in Qld?

Section 140 of the Workers Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 states that the maximum statutory compensation’ payable for an injury or multiple injuries sustained in a single event is defined as being 216.15 times the Queensland full-time adult’s Ordinary Time Earnings (QOTE).”

In Queensland, the QOTE for the period July 2023 to June 2024 is $1,760.70. After multiplying this number by 216.15, the maximum statutory compensation amount is $380,575.31.

How long does a WorkCover claim take in QLD?

WorkCover has 20 days to determine the outcome of statutory claims for workers’ compensation benefits. On the other hand, common law cases typically take two years or longer to resolve, though some do so in less than a year, depending on the case’s complexity.

How do I lodge a QLD WorkCover claim?

The simplest way to claim WorkCover is to complete and lodge the online form. Then, speak with a workers’ compensation lawyer to learn more about your rights and the claim process.

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