Do you have a WorkCover Claim?
You should consider calling us for an informal chat (no obligation):-
- If you are injured at work;
- If WorkCover rejects your claim for compensation;
- If WorkCover ceases your benefits;
- If WorkCover has offered you “lump sum” compensation; and/or
- If you want to sue for common law damages for your injury.
Can I make a workers’ compensation claim?
If you are injured at work, or in the course of your employment, you may be able to claim compensation. Injured workers include not only those employed full time, but also part time and casual employees. Under certain circumstances, you may also be covered if you are a sub-contractor or self-employed. Further, certain people are deemed to be workers such as some volunteers and work experience students.
If WorkCover rejects your claim, we can advise and assist you in respect of your rights of appeal. Similarly, we can advise you of your rights if WorkCover ceases your benefits in disputed circumstances.
What injuries are covered?
Generally, an “injury” includes physical and psychological injuries that arise during the course of employment. It also includes aggravations of pre-existing conditions. An injury sustained as a result of travelling to or from work may also be covered.
Strict time limits apply in respect of claiming compensation and suing for common law damages.
Report your injury to your employer and seek medical attention as soon as practicable. Generally, an application for compensation is valid only if it is lodged within 6 months after the injury. This period may be extended if certain criteria are satisfied. A Notice of Claim for Damages must be given to WorkCover within 3 years of sustaining the injury or first becoming aware of it. Proceedings for common law damages must be commenced in Court before that 3 year period expires. An extension of the limitation period is sometimes granted in limited circumstances.
McColm Matsinger Lawyers operates on a “no win no fee” basis which means that if you don’t receive compensation then we don’t charge any professional fees.