An injury sustained at work (or travelling to and from work) can be a traumatic experience for an individual, especially if they have a family to support. There are many fears that may arise from this situation, such as whether you may be laid off after reporting your injury or if it is worth making a claim. It is important to speak with an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law to understand your rights before making a decision.
An individual will most likely be able to obtain compensation for their work injury if they were injured at the workplace or while undertaking employment duties, and their employment duties significantly contributed to the injury occurring.
It does not matter whether as a worker you:-
If you were traveling to or from work and you sustain a personal injury, you are also entitled to receive compensation.
Even if you believe your status was as a subcontractor when you sustained your injury, it may be the case that you were in fact an employee and entitled to compensation for your injury.
Subcontractors are also entitled to be compensated for injuries they have sustained due to the fault of another. However, special rules apply and your claim will be governed by the Personal Injuries Proceedings Act 2002.
We recommend that you speak with one of our Accredited Personal Injury Law Specialists to understand what rights you do have.
Employers in Queensland are required to have insurance (typically through WorkCover Queensland) to compensate and protect employees after an injury at work. Some larger companies in Queensland may have their own workplace compensation insurance. The workers’ compensation insurer will have responsibility for both compensation claims and damages claims.
As part of your compensation claim, the workers’ compensation insurer (usually WorkCover) will pay for your initial medical treatment, rehabilitation and lost wages.
They will usually continue to pay for your treatment, rehabilitation and lost wages until you have reached a level of maximum medical improvement.
If you have sustained an injury in the workplace and this injury was due to the negligence of your employer or a co-worker, then you may also have a claim for damages for your injuries.
Such a damages claim can be made after a worker has been assessed for permanent impairment and a Notice of Assessment is issued.
There are certain thresholds in Queensland which must be met to make a damages claim and hence it is essential that you speak to an Accredited Personal Injury Law Specialist to understand your rights in relation to whether you have a claim and before accepting any lump sum offer in a Notice of Assessment.
If you accept a lump sum offer in a Notice of Assessment, then you may be barred from making a damages claim.
As part of your damages claim, you can claim for:-
Every claim is unique in its circumstances, injuries and losses suffered. Thus, it is difficult to accurately predict the amount of compensation that an injured party may receive. It is important to speak to an Accredited Specialist Lawyer in Personal Injury for legal advice to protect the rights of you and your family.
There are many injuries that can occur in the workplace, some of these injuries include:-
Generally, you must bring a compensation claim within 3 years of the accident date. However, there are certain exceptions, such as over a period of time claims, where time limits may be shorter. It is important that you protect the rights of you and your family by speaking with a trained legal professional for legal advice.
We can overturn decisions where WorkCover and/or QComp have rejected an injured person’s claim. Please contact one of our Accredited Specialists in Personal Injury Law to discuss further.
Time limits apply and so we recommend that you do not delay.
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Contact one of our Accredited Personal Injury Law Specialists now on 1300 720 544 or complete the case review form now.
If Queensland, you will not be taxed on your settlement for a workers compensation claim. However, if you put the amount in a term deposit and earn interest on that amount, the interest is taxable.
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