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Workers Compensation Western Australia

If you have developed a serious illness or become injured because of your work, you could be entitled to claim compensation to cover your wages, medical expenses, rehabilitation costs and access other benefits.

Shine’s expert workers compensation lawyers in Western Australia will explain your rights and advocate on your behalf to enable you to access your full entitlements.


This page is written specifically for Western Australian readers as regulations in these states restrict us from showing certain information regarding our legal services. Please select the state relevant to you: New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland.

Am I eligible for Workers Compensation?

Workers compensation insurance is compulsory for your employer – because of this, all workers are eligible to access workers compensation entitlements if they are injured or ill because of their work regardless of whether they’re full-time, part-time, casual, self-employed.

Even people who may be deemed as workers such as jurors, or those doing work experience may be able to access benefits.

How do I get started with my claim?

What are my workers compensation entitlements in WA?

If your health is impacted by your workplace or you are injured on the job, our expert workers compensation lawyers can help you to understand your rights and entitlements.

What you are eligible to claim can include weekly workers compensation payments, reimbursements for medical expenses and even a lump sum for your impairment – these can be claimed regardless of who is at fault.

Injuries covered by the Workers Compensation scheme in Western Australia:

  • 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.

Work injuries can also include worsening of pre-existing conditions or diseases or stress-related injuries such as heart attacks.

You can claim the following on workers compensation:

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

How to make a Workers Compensation claim

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

Successfully representing yourself legally requires a thorough understanding of the law and your entitlements, plus a commitment to move your case forward. Because of this, many people making a workers compensation claim will choose to engage an expert workers compensation lawyer who can support them to understand their rights and will advocate on their behalf.

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

Our expert workers compensation lawyers can help you to access the compensation you’re entitled to on a No Win, No Fee basis.

Still have questions? We answer some of the common workers compensation questions below or you can contact us today for an obligation free discussion about your potential claim.

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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Common Questions

If you need to make a workers compensation claim it’s critical that you do the following as soon as possible:

  1. Report your injury to your employer immediately.
  2. Visit a qualified medical practitioner as soon as possible. You’ll need medical evidence to prove your injury is work related.
  3. Lodge a claim with your employer’s insurer.

If you wait, you are risking losing or minimising your entitlements.

Examples of workers compensation cases include:

The workers compensation legal process can be complex depending on your circumstances. An initial consultation will allow your workers compensation lawyer to provide you some insights on timing, the legal process and what information will be required from you. They will be with you every step of the way.

How much you may be able to claim will differ from person to person. Once an experienced workers compensation lawyer understands the specifics of your situation, they will be able to advise how much you may be eligible to claim. We highly recommend that you seek legal advice before accepting any lump-sum payment from an insurer.

How long your workers compensation claim will depend on:

  • how complex your situation is,
  • how serious your injury or illness is,
  • And what treatment you need to stabilise the injury.

Your dedicated lawyer will be able to give you a better understanding of timeframes once they understand your situation.

There is a strict time limit when it comes to lodging a workers compensation claim in WA. As part of your claim, you must also get medical evidence to prove that your injury or illness is work-related.

We recommend that you seek legal advice as soon as you can to make sure you receive the full compensation for your injury or illness.

If you’ve been injured at work and your employer is found to be responsible, it is your employer’s insurance company that will pay your compensation.

If you make a claim against your employer, they are not allowed to treat you differently during the process. If they do, they could be held liable for discrimination. At Shine Lawyers, we can help you make a claim while ensuring you are not treated unfairly for standing up for your rights.

It doesn’t cost anything for a worker to lodge a workers compensation claim in WA. For workers compensation claims, we work on a No Win, No Fee basis, so, you’ll only pay our fee if you win your case at the end of your claim.

Your legal costs will be determined by the amount of work required to resolve your claim, and you will be kept updated on your claim as it progresses.

Because not every incident is witnessed it can be difficult to prove that your injury or illness was caused by your work however it is up to you to provide evidence to support your claim. Your lawyer will help you to put together the evidence that you will need to support your claim.

You cannot be fired for making a workers compensation claim however if you’re not able to do your job anymore then it’s likely that you will be required to work in a different role more suitable to your abilities. If this is not possible then your workers compensation insurer could cover retraining costs so that you are able to get a different job.

As one of the largest personal injury litigation firms in Australia Shine Lawyers has the nous to go up against insurance companies and achieve the result you are after.

Our workers compensation legal services are provided on a No Win No Fee basis this means you don’t have to pay our legal costs unless we win your claim at the end.

Hear from some of our clients who have been through the legal process with us.

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

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