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WorkCover Claims Queensland and WA

If you're injured at work, it's your right to make a workers compensation claim. WorkCover is the largest workers compensation insurer in Queensland and it is compulsory for employers to hold workers compensation insurance for their employees

WorkCover compensation claims can be made for back injuries, neck injuries, slipped disc injuries, RSI injuriespsychological injuries, occupational asthma, industrial deafness, industrial accidents, chemical exposure, burn injuries, stress, and asbestos conditions suffered at work, amoungst many other things.

What is the legal process for WorkCover claims?

Everyone’s situation is unique and no two work injuries or accidents are the same. This video provides a simple, step-by-step guide to bringing a compensation claim with Shine Lawyers so you know what to expect from the legal process..

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How compensation gets calculated for WorkCover claims

Depending on the nature of your work injury in Qld and WA, in most instances a monetary value is placed on the gap between your predicted life path before the work accident, and your actual life path since the injury. Seek expert legal advice for your situation so that you get the right advice.

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This page is written specifically for a Queensland or Western Australian audience. Restrictions in these states prohibited us from showing certain information regarding our legal services, so if you are located outside these states please click here for information on WorkCover compensation law.

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

Shine Lawyers can provide advice if:

  • You want to know if you can claim compensation for a workplace injury
  • You've received an offer of lump sum compensation following your injury and you're not sure if you should accept it
  • Your workers compensation is dismissed or stopped

The WorkCover workers compensation scheme covers injured workers in Queensland and WA, including;

  • Casual and permanent employees
  • Full time and part time employees

Workers compensation falls under employment law, which is a broad area of law that focusses on most areas of the employer/employee relationship.

If you've suffered anything from serious illness, injury or damage (including amputations, fractures and brain injuries) through to strains and sprains including repetitive strain injury or RSI, then you may have a claim for compensation under Queensland or WA law.

You may also have a claim if you've suffered from toxic chemical exposure or psychiatric injuries coming from witnessing a traumatic event at work as well as things like severe stress from bullying and harassment.

Work injuries that are covered by WorkCover in Queensland or WA include injuries;

  • That took place at work or as a result of work and during work hours (e.g. while on a lunch break)
  • Such as a disease caused by work or diseases or pre-existing conditions that have been made worse by work (e.g. industrial asthma or lung diseases)
  • Suffered whilst travelling as part of work or whilst receiving medical treatment for a separate work injury

If you're self-employed or referred to as a sub-contractor, then you may still be covered by WorkCover if most of your work is for one company or you're treated by the company in a similar way to an employee.

If you've suffered an injury at work, then you may be entitled to a range of compensation benefits through a WorkCover workers' compensation claim in Queensland or WA. There's many things that can affect the amount of compensation you're entitled to.

Under workers compensation 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
  • Death compensation claims.

As part of a common law claim you may be able to claim for:

  • pain and suffering, including loss of quality of life
  • immediate and future medical expenses, and
  • loss of earnings and future earnings.

Every case is different. Once a lawyer understands all of the facts of your case, they will be able to provide a rough estimate of the compensation you'll likely receive.

Always get expert legal advice from a lawyer before accepting any offer from WorkCover, or before signing any documentation from your employer or your employer’s insurance company (including WorkCover’s Notice of Assessment).

The lump sum compensation offer by WorkCover may not adequately compensate you for the long term consequences of your injuries. It's possible that you may be permanently impaired.

It's in your best interests to seek expert advice in this area so as to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.

Strict time limits apply to WorkCover and workplace injury claims in Queensland and WA.

It's important you seek expert legal advice as soon as possible to avoid missing key deadlines that may stop you from bringing a claim forward.

Shine Lawyers operate on a No Win No Fee* basis for all WorkCover compensation claims in Queensland and WA, which means there are no up front costs or out of pocket expenses.

It also means that If we don't win your case at the end of the claim then you don't have to pay our legal fees.

*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 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. You can read more about whether you need a workers compensation lawyer here.

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

Shine Lawyers have expert No Win No Fee lawyers that can help you determine your rights under Queensland and WA law and bring forward a WorkCover claim on your behalf. The below links contain further information regarding your legal options in Queensland and WA.

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