Suffering an injury at work can have a profound impact on your life. The physical, emotional and financial toll on you and your family adds up. But help is available. Shine Lawyers' workers compensation experts are here to guide you through the legal process, and help get you back on your feet.
In Victoria, all employers are required to insure their staff against workplace accidents. If you sustain a workplace injury - whether you're part-time, full-time or casual - you can bring a claim for workers compensation with WorkSafe.
WorkSafe - Workers compensation
In Victoria, all workers compensation and WorkCover matters are handled by the government body WorkSafe.
WorkSafe covers a variety of work-related injuries, both physical and psychological. These include:
- Injuries suffered at work
- Injuries suffered travelling for work, and
- Any disease or condition made worse by work.
WorkSafe's compensation will include weekly payments to cover you for lost income while you're unable to work. You'll also be covered for any reasonable medical expenses, such as doctors appointments, medication and physio.
Bringing a claim with WorkSafe isn't always simple, and strict time limits apply. That's why it's important to seek advice from a workers compensation expert before you bring a claim.
Why choose Shine Lawyers?
At Shine, we're workers compensation claim experts. We've been righting wrongs for our clients for over 40 years.
We believe that everyone should have the right to quality legal advice, regardless of their financial situation. That's why our workers compensation services are offered on a No Win No Fee basis. You won't have to worry about our legal fees unless we obtain a successful outcome. Learn more about how we'll handle your case with our step-by-step guide to compensation claims:
Through our obligation-free consultation service, you can discuss your case directly with one of our workers compensation experts. Your lawyer will listen to you, explain the legal process in clear language, and inform you of all your available options. For more information, or to start your legal claim, get in touch with Shine Lawyers today.
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Common questions about WorkSafe – Workers Compensation in Victoria
In Victoria, all employees are required to insure their staff against workplace accidents. If you’re injured in the workplace, you can bring a claim for compensation regardless of who caused the accident.
The WorkSafe workers compensation scheme covers:
- Casual or permanent employee
- Full-time or part-time worker
- ‘Outworker’ (working at home), or
- Work experience student
Workers compensation may also be available to volunteers or self-employed workers, depending on their situation.
WorkSafe’s compensation scheme covers many types of injuries sustained in the workplace. This includes injuries such as:
- Industrial accidents
- Spinal injuries
- Back injuries
- Slipped disc injuries
- Brain injuries
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Construction injuries
- Heart attacks
- Severe stress
- Neck injuries
- Chemical exposure
- Asbestos exposure
- Industrial asthma and other lung conditions
- Industrial deafness
- Psychological conditions
Compensation is also available for:
- 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.
One of Shine Lawyers’ workers compensation lawyers will be able to assess your case, and help you determine whether you have a a valid 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.
Recovering compensation for a workplace injury is well within your rights as an employee. Lodging a claim with WorkSafe shouldn’t affect how you’re treated at work.
When you return to work after an accident, your employer is required to provide you with equivalent work if you have fully recovered. If you haven’t made a full recovery, your employer is still obliged to provide you with suitable work.
If you’re being treated unfairly at work as a result of your claim, or if you’re concerned about the role your employer has offered you, it’s important to seek expert legal advice. At Shine, we can help ensure your rights as a worker are protected.
Generally, workers compensation claims take up to 2 years to resolve.
However, more complex cases take longer. A lot depends on how serious your injuries are, and how long they take to stabilise.
At Shine Lawyers, we work hard to get your claim moving as quickly as possible so you can get the care and support you need to get back on your feet.
Yes, strict time limits apply for bringing a claim for workers compensation.
These time limits can differ depending on the type of claim you have. It’s important to seek expert legal advice as soon as you can. Our lawyers work efficiently and effectively to make sure your rights are protected.
At Shine Lawyers, we understand the financial toll a workplace injury can have. That’s why our workers compensation services are provided on a No Win, No Fee basis. You won’t have to worry about our legal fees unless we obtain a successful outcome on your behalf.
Some conditions apply, but we’ll explain these to you in your first consultation.
Throughout your case, we’ll keep you informed every step of the way so you know how your case is progressing. We’re always on hand to answer any questions you may have about your case.
Shine Lawyers are expert workers compensation lawyers in NSW that can help you get the compensation you need following your injury. Click on the links below for more information about how Shine Lawyers can help you today.
Shine Lawyers also have accredited specialists in personal injury law across the nation:
At Shine Lawyers, we have a team of legal experts dedicated to handling workers compensation claims.
Through our initial consultation service, you can speak directly to one of our lawyers about your case. They will listen, walk you through the legal process in plain English and let you know how best to proceed with your case.
Rest assured, our initial consultations are completely obligation-free. We’ll advise you based on your personal circumstances without committing you to any legal action.
Hear from some of our clients below who have been through the legal process with us:
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