Workers’ compensation: Construction injury
Construction and building sites can be dangerous places to work, with the heavy machinery and materials, tools, working at height and people coming and going.
The construction industry is one of the largest sources of injury claims in Australia, accounting for around 10% of all workers' compensation claims.
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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
Construction injury compensation
If you are injured on a construction site you may be able to claim accident compensation. Accident and injury compensation is awarded to cover lost earnings, medical costs and personal loss.
Accidents in the construction industry may include:
Power tool and machinery injuries
Illnesses from cement containing chromium
It is important to note that every employee is entitled to workers’ compensation, whether they are working casual, part or full-time.
The most common injuries on construction sites are joint and muscle injuries and diseases, as a result of body stressing, falls or trips, scaffolding injuries and being hit by moving objects.
When hospital treatment is required, fractures and open wounds are more common. These are generally the result of falls and/or contact with machinery – small and large.
If you received a more serious injury and you are now unable to work permanently, then in addition to a workers’ compensation claim you might be entitled to make a TPD claim as part of your superannuation.
Making a workers’ compensation claim
Strict time limits apply to lodging a workers' compensation claim.
It’s best to make a compensation claim with the assistance of a lawyer, as they often have the knowledge and experience to offer a time frame and to get a successful outcome.
How compensation is calculated
Compensation is calculated based on a number of things. These include state laws, seriousness of your injury, loss of earnings, pain and suffering and any expenses as a result of your injury.
There are many things you may be able to claim for following your injury. Once a lawyer knows your specific situation, they should be able to give you a good indication of what you may be able to claim for.
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.
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.
We are ready to take action to get you access to compensation, protect your future and right wrong. Find out more today:
Construction injury FAQs
Can I represent myself, or do I need a construction injury 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 construction injury 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 construction injury 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.