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Slipped disc or bulging disc injuries and WorkCover

If you have suffered a slipped disc, bulging disc, or ruptured disc because of work-related activities, then you may have a workers compensation claim through WorkCover.


Shine Lawyers are expert Back Injury Compensation Claims back and Neck Injury Compensation Claims neck injury lawyers that can advise you of your legal options and start a compensation claim on your behalf.

The workers compensation legal process

The video below steps through the injury claims process and how you can access compensation following your slipped disc or bulging disc injury or accident at work, for example on a construction site.

How workers compensation gets calculated

Depending on the nature of your slipped disc injury and the circumstances which caused it, compensation may or may not be available. You should always seek expert legal help to see if you can make a claim.

With WorkCover workers compensation claims, a monetary value is usually placed on the gap between your predicted life path before the injury, and your actual life path since the injury.

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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.

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Common Questions

Back injuries that occur at work and involve a slipped disc or bulging disc are usually very significant. Where your day-to-day activities are affected by your injury, or your ability to return to your pre-injury work is affected, you are likely to be eligible for a WorkCover claim. Compensation depends on the circumstances of your accident and the seriousness of your injuries. It can include payments for things such as:

  • Post and future loss of wages
  • Medical and associated expenses
  • Travelling expenses, and
  • Return to work services

Depending on the circumstances of your accident, other forms of compensation may be available:

  • Impairment benefit claim - If your workplace accident has left you with a permanent impairment or illness, you may be entitled to an additional lump sum payment.
  • Common law damages - Common law damages are available where your accident was caused by your employer or a colleague, and your injuries meet the legal definition of 'serious'. Damages are awarded in a lump sum to cover pain, suffering and financial loss.

One of Shine's expert lawyers will be able to assess the circumstances of your case, and let you know which benefits you're entitled to claim. You must seek help as soon as possible following your slipped disc or bulging disc so that your rights and interests are looked after and your ability to make a claim is not lost due to a missed time limit.

If you decide to take legal action following your slipped disc injury at work and are wondering who will pay your compensation, in most cases, it’s the insurance company of the business who is responsible that will pay you the compensation rather than the individual themselves.

The business owner or person responsible for your back injury doesn’t typically have to pay out of their own pocket for what has happened – the process of obtaining compensation is all done through insurance companies.

Your slipped disc injury claim through WorkCover typically covers all of your physical and any consequential psychological injuries and losses, including past and future costs or expenses related to your injury.

Examples of what you might be able to claim for include:

  • Medical, rehabilitation and hospital expenses
  • Loss of earnings
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Home help and nursing provided by anyone, paid or unpaid, if it meets certain conditions.

How long your slipped disc injury claim takes depends on many factors such as how complicated your situation is, how serious your injuries are and what treatment you’re likely to need before your injuries stabilise. Many slipped disc or bulging disc injury claims can be finalised within 18 months, but if your situation is more complex, and your injuries far more serious, it’s possible it can take longer than this – it really just depends on your individual situation. An expert workers compensation lawyer will be able to give you a good idea as to the time frames you could expect once they know a bit more about your situation.

How much compensation you receive depends on a number of things such as the state laws where the injury took place, the seriousness of your injury, the amount of money you will lose in earnings, along with many other things.

How much you can receive in compensation really depends on your situation but a lawyer will be able to give you a good indication after they know a little bit more about your case.

Yes. There are strict time limits in which you are able to bring about a claim for compensation under Australian law, and these vary from state to state.

We recommend you seek expert legal help as soon as possible following your slipped disc or bulging disc injury so you can ensure your rights are protected and not lost due to a missed time limit.

Shine Lawyers work on a No Win No Fee* basis for all WorkCover workers compensation and slipped disc injury claims, which means you will only pay our legal fees if we win your case.

Your legal costs will depend on the amount of work required to resolve your claim and each situation is different.

*Conditions apply

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 slipped disc 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.

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.

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

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