If you have been injured in a work-related incident, you may be eligible to receive lump sum compensation benefits by making a workers’ compensation claim. Whether you work full-time, part-time or casual, are self-employed or sub-contracting – you may be entitled to make a claim.
An employer is not legally allowed to discriminate against you for making a claim in relation to a workplace injury.
Workers’ compensation claims are paid for by an employer’s insurance company, covering injury or death sustained in performing a job.
Applications for workers’ compensation must be lodged within six (6) months from the date of the injury or the appearance of symptoms.
Injuries that you may claim for include:
- injuries suffered in the workplace, resulting from work, or during work activities
- diseases caused in the workplace
- injuries suffered while receiving medical treatment for a separate work injury
- diseases or pre-existing conditions exacerbated by the workplace (e.g., mental conditions)
- injuries suffered while travelling to and from the workplace.
Very strict time frames apply to comply with pre-Court requirements and file Court proceedings to claim compensation for injuries. If those time frames are not met, then you may lose all your rights to recover compensation for your injuries.
It’s very important that you seek advice from our North Queensland personal injury lawyers as soon as possible after the incident occurs, to ensure all the correct claims procedures are followed, and you get the entitlements you deserve.
If you have been injured in a workplace accident, please contact us on 1300 FNQ LAW for more information.