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Workplace Injury Claims

If you’ve been injured at work, your life can change in the blink of an eye. You can feel like you’re losing control, falling into darkness, and that no one's there to listen.

Unfortunately, it's only at this point that many people start to seek legal help.

If you've been injured in the workplace, let our expert legal team help with making things right. We'll help you start a claim and secure the money you need to regain your independence. Our no win no fee* policy means you will have peace of mind knowing you only have to pay our legal fees if we win your claim at the end.

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For more information on what's involved in bringing a claim for compensation, watch our simple step-by-step guide to compensation claims.

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 workplace injury 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.

Learn more about Superannuation and Disability Insurance Claims

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Common Questions

In Victoria, or any other state of Australia, if you're injured in the workplace or in the course of your job, you may be able to claim compensation.

If you're a subcontractor or you hold your own insurance policies, it's still possible that you may have a claim for workers compensation.

Shine Lawyers are experts in workers compensation and can help you in your time of need. We have a proven track record that's seen us recover compensation for thousands of Australians.

We can advise you whether you have a claim and help you through this very difficult time in your life.

Workplace injury claims fall under employment law, which is a broad area of law that focusses on most areas of the employer/employee relationship.

The workplace injury compensation legal process can be quite complex. The below image is a good representation of how someone can move through the legal process with Shine Lawyers and get the compensation they need.

Claims Process Diagram

Many different types of injuries and illnesses are covered by the workers compensation scheme.

Injuries that stop you from working or doing your normal work duties, illnesses or diseases, psychological disorders, hearing loss and aggravation of degenerative conditions are typically included.

Injury claims thresholds are different in every state, so it's best to contact a legal expert like Shine Lawyers to see if you have a claim.

It doesn't matter if your injury happened during an authorised break in your employment duties, or while you were performing duties. It also doesn't matter if the injury was your fault, you may still have a claim for compensation. It's important you seek legal help from experts like Shine Lawyers, who can help establish if you have a claim and help make sure you receive the compensation you're entitled to.

Yes. Strict time limits apply for WorkCover and workplace injury claims. Make sure you seek legal advice from our expert workers compensation lawyers as quickly as possible after your workplace injury.

Shine Lawyers have the nous to go up against the big insurance companies and ensure you receive the compensation your entitled to. It's important you act quickly though, because there are strict time limits for bringing about a claim that may impact your rights.

If a time limit is missed, it may impact your potential to a workers compensation claim and your compensation entitlements.

It's important that you get legal advice from our expert workplace compensation lawyers as quickly as possible following your workplace injury. If you don't seek independent legal advice, then you may miss deadlines for bringing a claim forward and loose your right to compensation.

Our workplace compensation lawyers will be able to advise you which workers compensation scheme applies to your work injury case, whether you are able to make a workers compensation claim, and if so, what workers compensation benefits are available to you.

The quicker you do this, the quicker you will be aware of what financial assistance will be available to you when you most need help with your work injury claim.

If your workplace injury case involves the negligence of your employer or another party, you may be able to claim lump sum compensation for your work injury. Depending on the circumstances, your lawyer may need to gather vital 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 circumstance or work injury, time is of the essence – early investigation and action may be critical to the success of your workers compensation claim.

If you're self-employed or a sub-contractor, you may still be covered by WorkCover.

If most of your work is for one organisation or you are treated by the organisation in a similar way to an employee then you may still be covered.

It's important you seek expert legal advice from our workplace compensation lawyers as quickly as possible following your injury to see if you have a claim.

If you've been injured at work, then you might be entitled to a range of benefits through a workplace compensation claim. Many things can affect the compensation amount you are entitled to and our lawyers will work on your behalf to get the best outcome for your situation.

It's impossible to give you a rough estimate without knowing your full situation - and we can provide this information to you after we know the full facts of your case. You may be able to claim compensation for:

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

In most workplace injury cases a monetary value is placed on the gap between your life path before the injury in the workplace, and your life path since.

Compensation Diagram

You should always get expert legal advice from our workplace compensation lawyers before accepting any offer from WorkCover.

If you sign documentation from your employer or your employer’s insurance companyincluding WorkCover’s Notice of Assessment) before you speak to a lawyer, you may then be ineligible to seek enough compensation for your injuries. The lump sum compensation offered by WorkCover might not adequately compensate you for the long term consequences of your injuries.

Shine Lawyers will make sure your claim covers everything that you're entitled to. Our lawyers can also help with advice about:

  • lump sum compensation entitlements
  • rejected WorkCover claims.

By law, all employers are required to have workers compensation insurance. What this means is that in the event of a workplace injury relating to an employee - it's this insurance that pays any applicable compensation if the employer is found to be at fault. Shine Lawyers are experts in injury law and we can help you through this difficult time.

How long your claim takes depends on a few things, for example how complex your particular situation is.

No two cases are the same, just like no two people are the same, but once a lawyer knows the ins and outs of your case they can give a better idea of the timeframes involved with your claim.

A good indication can also be given after your first interview.

Shine Lawyers are No Win No Fee* lawyers, which means if we don't win your case, you don't pay our legal fees. Shine Lawyers provide this legal work framework so that anyone can have fair and equal access to justice.

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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 workplace injury 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.

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