Workers Compensation Lawyers Perth
Workers Compensation is your safety net.
If you’ve been injured, or taken ill, at work and it feels like the whole world is collapsing underneath your feet. You’re worried about future employment prospects, financial security is weighing heavily on your mind and you have self-doubts over your physical and mental capabilities as a result of your trauma.
The good news is that because your injury, or illness, was contracted at work, you are entitled to claim a range of benefits and seek compensation from the workers compensation scheme.
Let’s face it. You almost spend more time at work than at home and in both places you want to feel safe and secure. So, when you are injured in the course of work duty, confidence can take a knock and the physical and emotional fallout can be devastating.
Did you know you may still be covered if you suffered injuries in a motor accident on the way to work?
What is the Workers Compensation Scheme?
Providing a safe working environment is a legal prerogative of all employers in Australia, but injuries still occur in the workplace on a far too frequent basis, which is why the government established the Workers Compensation Scheme to support ailing people in their hour of need and assist in their recovery. Workers’ Compensation operates as an insurance policy and is compulsory for almost all employers. Agents, usually insurance companies, are appointed by government to manage claims. However, frequent disputes do arise between the insurance companies, claimants and/or employers. Which is why it is recommended that you have a professional lawyer representing you to drive your claim to as swift a conclusion as possible.
What entitlements are available?
If you have been injured or become ill at work, you could claim the following benefits:
- Payments on a weekly basis to offset loss of income.
- Medical expenses
- Superannuation payments
- Rehabilitation services
- Lump sum payment in certain situations
What are the most common injuries sustained by workers in Australia?
Typically, the most frequent workplace injuries in Australia are:
- Injuries caused by falling from height
- repetitive strain injuries (RSI)
- mental illness
- hearing loss
- lifting injuries
- construction site injuries
- and injuries caused by malfunctioning machines.
Farm workers are commonly injured in country areas and miners on remote sites. Workers can also claim for pre or existing injuries that became worse as a consequence of their work tasks.
What do I need to know about WorkCover?
WorkCover provides cover for all Australian workers. People who are either injured at work or suffer an injury as a result of work duties can claim compensation and should do so as soon as possible.
Learn more about making a Workcover claim here.
How do I make a claim?
Assuming that you have already been seen by a doctor and reported your injury to your employer, the most important decision you will now make is whether to appoint a professional lawyer specialising in workers compensation to manage the claim process. This is highly recommended for a number of reasons: It pays to have a professional in your corner, not only to give you peace of mind to focus on your healing journey, but also to navigate the many potholes a novice, or amateur, may not be aware of in pursuit of a speedy resolution.
Speed is of the essence
It is important that you don’t delay when it comes to contacting a professional to lodge your claim. An employer needs to be notified of any injury suffered at work within 30 days and a workers’ compensation claim must be lodged as soon as possible, preferably within 30 days from the date you became aware of the injury. If more than 30 days have passed since the injury became known, it is advisable to contact a Workers Compensation lawyer as soon as possible.
Remember, for the same reason you visit a doctor for a medical diagnosis, it pays to have a ‘no win, no fee’ lawyer representing your cause irrespective of whether you have just been injured or have hit headwinds after receiving WorkCover payments for some time.
What is Comcare?
This is a workers’ compensation scheme that covers all Commonwealth employees and workers whose employers are licensed under the federal workers’ compensation scheme. As with WorkCover, we can help people get compensation from Comcare.
What are the obstacles faced when it comes to making claims?
Each case is different, but people injured at work can panic and not know what to do next as they struggle with the emotional strain of their injuries, which is just one good reason why they need professional help submitting their claim. If a WorkCover claim is unfairly rejected, the help of a lawyer will almost certainly be critical to force the claim back onto the table. Similarly, representation can be paramount when an employer is unjustly putting pressure on an injured worker to return to work, or if they are not being paid properly. If payments have been cut, an employer’s insurer refuses to pay for treatment or is stalling in response to requests, a legal professional can be the difference between failure and success. The process of submitting and managing a workers compensation claim can be complicated and is compounded if you are sick or injured.
Early bird gets the worm
It is advisable to contact a lawyer as soon as possible as this can facilitate a stronger case driven by a professional who understands the process, before your claim is assessed. In Western Australia, claims are typically calculated in accordance with the type of injury suffered and a monetary value is determined on the basis of your likely career and financial path before the accident and the subsequent reality after the injury.