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Psychological injury at work

If you are suffering from a psychological condition or injury as a result of work, whether you developed the condition having witnessed or experienced a traumatic incident or otherwise, it’s possible you may have a claim for workers compensation.


Shine Lawyers are experts when it comes to psychological injury compensation claims and can help you establish your rights under Australian law.

The video below provides a simple, step-by-step guide to bringing a claim for compensation with Shine Lawyers, so you know what to expect from the legal process.


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Common Questions

A psychological injury is where a person suffers from a diagnosable psychiatric condition that an event has caused.

Psychological injuries in the workplace can be caused by a number of different things such as: bullying, harassment, intimidation, dangerous hours of work, physical injury, stress and safety issues, just to name a few.

If you are suffering from a psychological injury or condition due to your employer being negligent or if you developed the condition as a result of an injury you sustained at work, then you may be entitled to workers compensation.

In order for a psychological injury claim to progress, lawyers will need to prove that as a result of your employment you have suffered a psychological or psychiatric disorder. In certain circumstances this can be extremely challenging to prove so careful analysis of the facts of your case is required before any conclusions about whether you have a case can be made.

A lawyer will be able to give you a good indication of your ability to make a claim once they know your situation.

The legal process for psychological compensation claims can be quite complicated depending on your case. The below image is a good representation of how someone can move through the legal process with Shine Lawyers.

Claims Process Diagram

If you’ve suffered psychological injuries as a result of an incident in the workplace and your employer is found responsible, it will be your employer’s insurance company that will pay you the compensation rather than the employer themselves or any individual person at fault.

If you are suffering from a psychological injury or condition caused at work, then you could be entitled to compensation benefits.

What you can claim for really depends on your specific situation, but generally, you may be able to claim compensation for:

  • Medical and hospital expenses
  • Permanent impairment
  • Loss of wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Travelling expenses
  • Rehabilitation expenses
  • Return to work services

In most cases a monetary value is placed on the gap between your life path before injury and your life path since the injury.

Compensation Diagram

Psychological injuries and conditions can have varying degrees of debilitation in a person. How long a claim may take really depends on the facts of your particular case, so it’s important you seek expert legal help to find out how long your claim may take.

All psychological injury claims are governed by strict time limits, which means you must bring forward a claim in a certain period of time. These time limits vary for each state.

It’s important you seek expert legal help as soon as possible following your psychological injury or condition so that your ability to make a claim is retained and not lost due to a missed time limit.

Shine Lawyers operate on a No Win No Fee basis for all workers compensation and psychological claims across Australia, which means you will only pay our legal fees once we win your case.

The legal costs themselves will depend on the amount of work required to resolve your claim and this is different depending on your circumstances and the complexity of your case.

Shine Lawyers has offices in the following locations across Australia. As part of our service offering, home or hospital appointments can be arranged at your convenience.

Our compensation experts are in the following locations:

Shine Lawyers has expert workers compensation lawyers that can help you determine your rights and bring forward a psychological injury claim on your behalf. The below links contain further information regarding your legal options.

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