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Slipped disc or bulging disc injuries and WorkCover

Workers' compensation

If you have suffered a slipped disc, bulging disc, or ruptured disc because of work-related activities, then you may have a workers compensation claim through WorkCover. 

One of Shine's expert lawyers will be able to assess your circumstances and let you know which benefits you're entitled to claim. 

Bulging disc injuries can be debilitating, particularly if they develop into painful sciatica. Because of your injury, you may be experiencing financial stress from taking time off work, or from mounting medical bills - and you may be wondering if you are entitled to any benefits. 

Are you eligible for workers compensation following a slipped disc injury? 

Back injuries that occur at work and involve a slipped disc or bulging disc can be very serious. If your day-to-day activities are affected by your injury, or your ability to return to your pre-injury work is affected, you are likely to be eligible for a WorkCover claim. 

We highly recommend seeking legal assistance as soon as possible following your slipped disc or bulging disc injury so that your ability to make a claim is not lost due to a missed time limit. 

What can my slipped disc injury claim recover compensation for? 

Your slipped disc injury claim through WorkCover typically covers all of your physical and any consequential psychological injuries and losses, including past and future costs or expenses related to your injury. Compensation can include payments for things such as: 

  • Loss of earnings; 

  • Medical, rehabilitation and hospital expenses; 

  • Travel expenses; 

  • Home help and nursing provided by anyone, paid or unpaid, if it meets certain conditions; and, 

  • Return to work services. 

Other forms of compensation may be available: 

  • Impairment benefit claim - If your workplace accident has left you with a permanent impairment or illness, you may be entitled to an additional lump sum payment. 

  • Common law damages - Common law damages are available where your accident was caused by your employer or a colleague, and your injuries meet the legal definition of 'serious'. Damages are awarded in a lump sum to cover pain, suffering and financial loss. 

Shine Lawyers are experts in back injury compensation claims and neck injury compensation claims and can advise you of your legal options as well as starting a compensation claim on your behalf. We can help you to understand your rights and access the compensation you’re entitled to on a No Win, No Fee* basis, so you don’t have to worry about out-of-pocket legal expenses. Contact us for an obligation-free consultation today.  

Superannuation and Disability Insurance 

If you are unable to work due to illness or injury you might be entitled to benefits through your superannuation or other insurance policies. We recommend speaking to one of our experts for a quick, obligation-free analysis of your situation to determine your rights and ability to make a claim. 

Learn more about Superannuation and Disability Insurance Claims

Check if you have a claim with our simple, free online tool.

What we will ask: 

  • Details about the accident and injuries that have happened to you or your loved one 

  • Basic personal information that is relevant and necessary for your claim

What happens next:  

  • Either book a no obligation appointment with a compensation law expert right away or,    

  • Speak with our team about your options

How Shine can help 

We have helped thousands of Australians right wrong and access more than $1 billion per year in entitlements and compensation through our expert services.  

95% of the cases we represent are settled without the stress of going to court. 

We offer access to affordable legal advice including on a No Win, No Fee* basis and an obligation free initial consultation so you can understand your rights and know where you stand.  

*Conditions apply  

We are ready to take action to get you access to compensation, protect your future and right wrong.  Find out more today:

Slipped disc injuries FAQs

Can I represent myself, or do I need workers’ compensation lawyer? 

It is possible to legally represent yourself when making a claim however, doing so successfully will likely require a thorough understanding of the law, your legal rights and entitlements, and a commitment to actively pursue the case to move it forward. 

Without an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer in your corner, it can be difficult to identify and highlight the strengths of your case. 

Without the right legal advice and support, you then may not receive the compensation you're entitled to. A lawyer can help you maximise your lump sum entitlements.

Why trust Shine to be my workers’ compensation lawyers

At Shine Lawyers, we put your first. We’ve been standing up for the rights of everyday Australians for over 45 years. As one of Australia’s largest litigation law firms, we are here to help you get the justice you deserve.  

Our empathy, understanding and expertise is why we’re ahead of the pack. We’ll stand with you and guide you through every step of the way. 

Where are Shine workers’ compensation lawyers located? 

With more than 40 branches across Australia and 1000+ team members, location is no barrier when it comes to accessing Shine Lawyers legal advice and support.  

If you’d like to speak to our workers’ compensation team in person, you can see our full list of locations here. 

If you aren't able to find a location near you, we can easily arrange an obligation-free virtual appointment. No matter where you are located, we will always provide the same, expert advice and manage your claim with the same level of quality and commitment. 

How much compensation can I receive following my slipped disc injury?

The amount of compensation you will receive depends on a number of things such as the state laws where the injury took place, the seriousness of your injury, the amount of money you will lose in earnings, and many other considerations.

Are there time limits when it comes to making a slipped disc injury claim?

Yes. There are strict time limits for workers compensation claims under Australian law, and these vary from state to state. 

We recommend you seek expert legal help as soon as possible following your slipped disc or bulging disc injury so you can ensure your rights are protected and not lost due to a missed time limit.

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