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Workers Compensation - Queensland and Western Australia

If you have been injured at work or suffered a work-related illness, you may be able to claim compensation to cover your wages, medical expenses, rehabilitation costs and access other benefits under the workers compensation scheme.

Our expert workers compensation lawyers can help you to understand your rights and access your full entitlements.


Workers compensation is a type of insurance payment that provides compensation and benefits to support workers who have been injured while at work or suffered a work-related illness. Shine Lawyers have a team of lawyers that specialise in workers compensation claims who can help you with a claim to access your full entitlements.

This page is written specifically for Queensland or Western Australian readers as regulations in these states restrict us from showing certain information regarding our legal services. If you are in New South Wales, please visit our New South Wales Workers Compensation page. If you are in Victoria, please see our Victorian Workers Compensation page.

Am I eligible for Workers Compensation?

You are covered by the workers’ compensation scheme if you are a:

  • Casual or permanent employee;
  • Full-time or part-time employee;
  • Self-employed worker; or
  • Person deemed to be a worker (such as jurors, work experience students or some volunteers)

All employers must have compulsory workers’ compensation insurance for employees in their workplace.

What can I claim under Workers Compensation?

If you’ve been injured at work or your health has been affected by your workplace, our team of workers’ compensation lawyers in QLD and WA can help you understand what you are eligible to claim.

Workers compensation can include weekly payments, reimbursing your medical expenses and an impairment lump sum, which can all be claimed regardless of who was at fault for the injury.

Injuries covered by the Workers Compensation scheme in QLD or WA:

  • Injuries sustained at work, resulting from work or during work activities
  • Diseases caused by work
  • Diseases or pre-existing conditions made worse by work
  • Injuries suffered while travelling for work
  • Injuries suffered while receiving medical treatment for a separate work injury

A work injury doesn’t have to be physical. It can also be stress-related such as a heart attack, stroke or worsening of a pre-existing disease or condition.

If you were injured or made ill by a work-related incident, you may be able to claim for:

  • Medical and hospital expenses
  • Loss of wages
  • Travelling expenses
  • Permanent impairment compensation
  • Rehabilitation expenses
  • Return to work services
  • Common law damages

A number of factors can affect the amount of compensation you may be entitled to claim, however a workers compensation solicitor can give you advice about your rights once they understand the specific details of your circumstances.

How to make a Workers Compensation claim

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Do I need a lawyer to make a Workers Compensation claim?

It is possible to legally represent yourself when making a compensation claim. However, to do so successfully requires a thorough understanding of the law, your legal rights and entitlements, and a commitment to actively pursue the case to move it forward.

Many people making a workers compensation legal claim choose not to act for themselves and instead engage an expert compensation lawyer. A workers compensation lawyer will be able to look at the full details of your circumstances and the incident and help you to claim the full compensation you are entitled to under the QLD or WA workers compensation scheme.

Our team of workers compensation experts may be able to help you if:

  • you need help submitting a workers compensation claim
  • you submitted a workers’ compensation claim, but it has been rejected by your employer’s insurer
  • your employer is refusing to cooperate with your claim, or pressuring you to return to work
  • your employer's insurer is refusing to pay for treatment or hasn’t approved your request for surgery
  • your entitlement payments are incorrect or have been cut off
  • you’ve suffered a workplace injury and need advice on the next steps

Shine Lawyers can help

If you have been injured at work or suffered a work-related illness, you may be eligible to make a claim for workers compensation. Contact Shine Lawyers today for an obligation free discussion with one of our expert workers compensation lawyers about your potential claim. We will be able to help you understand your rights and make a claim to access the compensation you are entitled to on a No Win, No Fee basis.

For more information about how your lawyer will handle your case, watch our step-by-step video guide to compensation claims. Or if you want to know more about workers compensation claims in QLD or WA, see our Common Questions section below.

Comcare claims

If you have suffered a work-related injury or illness and are an employee of the Commonwealth Government, a statutory authority or a corporation who self-insures (including companies such as Telstra, Australia Post, NAB and CBA); you may be entitled to make a workers compensation claim under the Comcare scheme. Click here to find out more about Comcare claims.

Superannuation and Disability Insurance

If you are unable to work due to illness or injury you may be entitled to benefits through your superannuation or other insurance policies. Speak to one of our Superannuation and Insurance Claims experts for a quick, obligation-free analysis of your situation to determine your rights and ability to make a claim. Click here to learn more about Superannuation and Disability Insurance Claims.


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