If you've been <a title="Injury at work" href="/service/workers-compensation/work-injury-lawyers/">injured at work</a> or if your work has contributed to an injury or disease, then you may be entitled to WorkCover <a title="Workers Compensation" href="/service/workers-compensation/">workers compensation</a>. <a href="https://www.shine.com.au/">Shine Lawyers</a> are experts at this type of law and can help you regain control back over your life.
Due to restrictions in Queensland (QLD) and Western Australia (WA) we are prohibited from showing people in those states certain information regarding our legal services. If you are located in QLD or WA please click here for information on WorkCover claims law.
It doesn't matter if you were working in a part-time, casual or subcontractor capacity at the time you were injured, we have the nous to take on the big insurance companies and get the outcome you need. We operate on a No Win No Fee basis as well, which means you only have to pay our legal fees if we win your claim at the end.
WorkCover claims can be brought forward for a wide range of injuries, including:
- Industrial accidents
- Back injuries
- Neck injuries
- Slipped disc injuries
- RSI injuries
- Brain injuries
- Head injuries
- Construction injuries
- Psychological injuries
- Industrial deafness
- Occupational asthma
- Asbestos conditions
- Burn injuries
- Toxic chemical exposure, and
Watch the video below for more information on bringing a claim for compensation with Shine Lawyers:
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Common questions about WorkCover Lawyers
If you sustain an injury, illness or disease as a result of your job, you can claim compensation from WorkCover.
WorkCover covers injuries to workers, including part-time workers, casual workers and in many circumstances subcontractors such as owner/drivers and agency nurses.
If you’re injured at work and are a Commonwealth Government employee or an employee of a corporation licensed to operate under the Comcare scheme, then you can also claim compensation for injuries sustained, through Comcare.
You can also claim compensation for a recurrence, aggravation, acceleration, exacerbation or deterioration of any pre-existing injuries or disease.
Injuries including cancers, strokes, asthma, heart conditions and degenerative conditions are often aggravated or exacerbated by employment. This is still covered by WorkCover and you may be entitled to compensation. Severe stress claims may also be made under WorkCover.
The law surrounding WorkCover is very complex, and you should seek legal help through Shine Lawyers to ensure your rights are protected.
Never accept a lump sum payment from your insurer or employer without first consulting with a lawyer.
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Workers compensation falls under employment law, which is a broad area of law that focusses on most areas of the employer/employee relationship.
It’s important you seek independent legal advice from our expert WorkCover workers’ compensation lawyers at the earliest opportunity after the injury to make sure your interests are looked after and you have the best chance to make a compensation claim.
Failure to do so might impact your potential to make a compensation claim and your entitlements.
Its important to note that the insurer handling your work injury claim can’t give you independent advice.
Shine Lawyers WorkCover compensation team are able to advise you on:
- which scheme applies to your work injury case
- whether you are eligible to make a claim
- what benefits are available to you
If your work injury claim involves your employer and / or another party being negligent, it’s possible that you can claim lump sum compensation for your work injury.
If this is the case, your lawyer may need to gather further information for your workers compensation claim such as:
- interviewing witnesses of the work injury
- reviewing investigative work injury reports
- engaging experts to report on accident circumstances for you work injury
Whatever your situation or injury, time is of the essence in these types of claims. It’s important that investigation takes place early in the process and that you contact a lawyer like us to help you regain control back over your life.
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It’s very hard to provide an estimation of how much compensation you might receive after your workplace accident or injury without knowing your situation. Your lawyer should be able to provide this once we know the specifics of your case.
In most instances a monetary value is placed on the gap between your life path before the injury at work, and your life path since the injury at work.
Many superannuation funds in Australia provide coverage for a disability insurance benefit. This is often referred to as a Total Permanent Disability TPD) benefit.
This insurance cover is a benefit additional to the contributions that you and/or your employer have made to your superannuation fund during the period of your membership. Most people are unaware or forget that this insurance cover is in place.
Depending on the terms of your insurance cover, this TPD benefit may be significant and may help you regain control back over your life.
Generally, it doesn’t matter how your injury or illness came about either. Many people who have suffered an injury at work, on the roads, or in a public place can make this claim for TPD compensation.
Shine Lawyers can help in this complex area of law and can help you get the result you need. Contact us today.
If you’re unhappy with a decision regarding your WorkCover claim, you may have the right to have this reviewed.
The Workers’ Compensation Regulator is an independent body responsible for reviewing WorkCover’s decisions. There is no cost involved in seeking review, but it’s important to remember the following:
- Decisions that can be reviewed include a decision to accept or reject your claim, a decision to end compensation benefits, or increase or decrease compensation amounts.
- You have to ask for review of the decision within 20 business days from when you lodged the claim. WorkCover then has five business days to provide you with reasons for their decision.
- If you have received reasons from WorkCover and you are still unhappy, you have 90 days from the date of the letter to apply for a review.
WorkCover disputes can happen for a number of reasons and if you are not engaged with a lawyer who understands your rights and entitlements, it can be hard to know your legal options. Shine Lawyers are expert WorkCover lawyers that can advise you of your rights and start a claim on your behalf.
How long a WorkCover dispute may take really depends on the facts of your particular situation. Every claim is different and can be disputed on a variety of different grounds. It’s important you seek appropriate legal help to ensure your rights are protected.
Once a lawyer knows the ins and outs of your situation they should be in a position to let you know how long the dispute may take to resolve.
It is possible to legally represent yourself when making a compensation claim. 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.
Most people making WorkCover compensation legal claims choose not to act for themselves and instead engage an expert compensation lawyer. The best compensation lawyers can provide the knowledge and experience required to help guide a case to a successful outcome.
When a claim is referred to the Medical Assessment Tribunal, their decision is final and can’t be appealed.
The tribunal primarily involves a full medical examination of the claimant to the extent relevant for the claim. The tribunal is usually made up of a number of medical practitioners, who will specialise in the different areas of injury that a claimant is suffering from. The medical assessments at this tribunal tend to be very careful, professional, and exhaustive.
Written statements or submissions can be made, usually through a lawyer on behalf of the claimant to draw specific attention to certain areas of the claim. This usually only happens in rare circumstances.
Where you are located isn’t necessarily a barrier when it comes to obtaining the services of a lawyer. We’re experts when it comes to WorkCover compensation claims and we can help you get the compensation you deserve.
It doesn’t matter if you are located close or far away from a Shine Lawyers office – we will always provide the same, expert advice and manage your claim with the same level of quality and commitment.
Our compensation experts are in the following locations:
New South Wales
- Gold Coast
- Hervey Bay
- North Lakes
- Stones Corner
- Sunshine Coast
Shine Lawyers are expert WorkCover lawyers that can help you get the compensation you need following your injury at work. Click on the link below for more information about how Shine Lawyers can help you.
Shine Lawyers also have accredited specialists in personal injury law across the nation:
Shine Lawyers are one of the biggest personal injury litigation firms in Australia and have the experience and nous to go up against the big insurance companies and get you the result you are looking for.
At Shine Lawyers you will have your own go-to team, who are always available to chat and who understand that explaining things in plain English to you is important.
We provide all of our workers compensation legal services on a No Win No Fee Guarantee, which means you won’t have to pay our legal costs unless we win your claim at the end.
Hear from some of our clients below who have been through the legal process with us.
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