Suffering an injury at work can be a stressful and traumatic experience. You might be in pain and facing the prospect of loss of income and mounting medical expenses. The thought of seeing a lawyer and making a claim can be overwhelming, but it’s always a good idea to get help from an expert through the process.
Can I make a workers compensation claim?
If you’ve been injured at work, regardless of whether it was your fault, you are entitled to make a workers compensation claim.
What type of injuries are covered by workers compensation?
Workers compensation is not limited to physical injuries but also mental and emotional injuries, including bullying in the workplace
What does a workers compensation claim cover?
As a result of making a workers compensation claim you may be entitled to:
- Medical expenses;
- Weekly payments to cover your income;
- A lump sum payment for permanent impairment
- Legal costs.
If your injury was caused as a result of your employers’ negligence you may be entitled to also make a common law claim which entitles you to a greater range of compensation.
How do I make a claim?
The first step in making a claim is reporting your injury to your employer. You need to do this within 30 days of your injury otherwise your claim may be rejected.
It is important that you consult your doctor as soon as you are aware of your injuries. Your doctor will give you a certificate explaining your diagnosis and capacity for work. This certificate should be provided to your employer, along with a completed claim form.
The employer will then forward the forms to their insurer and they will contact you to let you know if your claim is accepted or rejected.
How can Chamberlains help?
If you have suffered a workplace injury it is important that you seek legal advice ASAP. There are time limits that apply which can affect your access to entitlements. If your claim is rejected, we can provide you with advice on your options, including whether a common law claim is appropriate. Remember, the insurer’s job is to pay you as little as possible so you need an experienced lawyer on your side.
At Chamberlains, we can guide you through the entire process. From advising on your prospects, to lodging a claim, to handling disputes with your employer or insurer, we can get the job done.