Are you an Injured Volunteer? Find out your legal rights.
Injured Volunteer? If you have been working as a volunteer and are injured during the course of your required activities, enquiries should be made as to whether you are entitled to statutory benefits (compensation) from WorkCover. Certain organisations can be insured by WorkCover in respect of volunteers such as a local government, a statutory body, a religious organisation or a non-profit organisation (such as Surf Lifesaving Queensland). If such a contract of insurance is in place, you will generally be entitled to weekly payments of compensation to address your lost wages and any other entitlements to compensation that a “worker” has a right to (such as payment of medical expenses and rehabilitation).
However, the contract of insurance with WorkCover will not cover your claim for damages if you decide to sue the organisation for negligence. Certain exceptions do apply though for example, if you are a volunteer fire fighter. If you wish to sue for damages for negligence in excess of what you received from WorkCover, you will need to lodge a claim against the organisation’s public liability insurer.
At McColm Matsinger Lawyers, we can represent your interests in lodging such a claim with a view to obtaining maximum compensation on your behalf. Do not hesitate to contact us for an informal chat and we can discuss the best options for you (no obligation). We act for injured people on a “no win no fee” basis which means that if you don’t get any damages, we won’t charge any professional fees. You volunteered to help others and we are here to help you!
If you are an injured volunteer contact us now for the right legal advice.