If you’ve been injured or suffered an illness at work or in relation to your work, you could be eligible to claim for worker’s compensation.
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Generally, WorkCover Queensland are the insurer for workplace injuries. The WorkCover process can seem daunting. At Splatt Lawyers we have expert injury lawyers with particular expertise in handling workplace injury claims who can guide you through this complicated process. We offer a free initial consultation where our lawyers will assess your claim, explain your rights and what you can expect throughout the legal process.
In Queensland, if you are a worker that sustains a workplace injury you are entitled to ‘statutory’ benefits for the time you have off work and any initial medical treatment or other rehabilitation resulting from the injury. However, you may also be eligible for a common law claim, in which case you may be entitled to more substantial compensation including future economic loss and future medical treatment.
If you have been injured at work, you should take the following steps to apply for compensation:
- Report the injury to your employer immediately.
- If you require medical attention or are unable to continue working, visit a doctor for treatment.
- If the doctor agrees your injury is work-related, they should give you a Workers’ Compensation Medical Certificate.
- Get expert advice from specialists in workplace injury law. Splatt Lawyers have experienced workplace injury lawyers who can guide you through the complicated claims process.
The WorkCover statutory claim will only continue until your injuries are medically ‘stable and stationary’ (meaning your symptoms are not likely to get any better or worse). Whether your injuries are stabilized is determined by a WorkCover doctor. If the doctor confirms the injuries have stabilized he will use medical guides to assess permanent impairment and issue a report to WorkCover. Once WorkCover have received the doctors report they will issue a “Notice of Assessment” and offer lump-sum compensation based purely on the degree of permanent impairment.
It is important to understand that any offer on a Notice of Assessment has no correlation to damages you may receive in a common law claim. Generally damages in a common law claim are usually far in excess of any lump-sum offer in the Notice of Assessment. Contact Splatt Lawyers to receive free legal advice on how to respond to the Notice of Assessment.
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