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What to know if you've been injured on site

Compared to the majority of working environments, construction sites are regarded as one of the most dangerous. In fact, when it comes to the likelihood of injury or death, the construction industry ranks third in Australia, just behind agriculture and transport.

Unfortunately, even when all necessary safety precautions and standards on a construction site are met, accidents like slipping, tripping or falling from a height can still occur—and these can lead to serious and expensive injuries, particularly to the knees, shoulders, hips, back and neck.

If you’ve experienced a fall or sustained any other injury on a construction site, we recommend you contact a Maurice Blackburn work-related injury lawyer as soon as you can.

Why Maurice Blackburn?

Maurice Blackburn Lawyers has exceptional expertise in workplace injury law, a strong history of successful cases and a full suite of legal services we can draw upon to help you in any circumstance.

We offer 'no win, no fee'* arrangements for these types of cases, which means that you don't have to pay for our legal services if we don’t win.

Maurice Blackburn Lawyers has offices in Melbourne,Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin and throughout Australia. Contact Maurice Blackburn for more information.

Contact us today to book a free consultation and find out how we can help you.

All you need to know about workers' compensation

If you've had an accident or if your health and wellbeing have been affected in the workplace, you may be eligible to make a claim for workers’ compensation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible for a construction site injury claim?

You may be eligible to claim workers injury compensation If you’ve suffered any injury, illness or been harmed in a building site accident as a result - or in the course – of your employment.

What types of workers are covered under construction site workers’ compensation?

Workers' compensation schemes cover injured construction work employees, including part-time and casual workers. In many cases subcontractors are also eligible to receive work injury compensation.

If you are an injured Commonwealth Government employee, or an injured employee of a large national company, you can claim under the Federal Comcare scheme.

What types of construction site injuries can I claim?

The compensation and benefits you may receive vary depending on the seriousness of your injury and the law under which you're covered.

Whether you fell and hurt your knee or wound up in traction, you may be able to claim compensation for a recurrence, aggravation, acceleration, exacerbation or deterioration of any pre-existing injury or disease impacted by your work.

Injuries including cancers, strokes, asthmas, heart conditions and degenerative conditions are often made worse by employment. In some states you may be able to claim for injuries sustained during a recess such as lunchtime or morning and afternoon breaks.

How long do I have to make a construction site injury claim?

Time limits vary under the different state and federal laws.

It's important to report your injury to both your work and workers' compensation authority as soon as possible - usually within 30 days - once you've become aware of your injury. The actual legal process may take up to several years, especially if you have to wait for injuries to stabilise.

It's important you talk to a workplace injury lawyer to understand your rights.

What kind of sum can I expect to receive for my construction site compensation claim?

It’s our mission to ensure you get your full compensation payout to help you get back to being you as soon as possible after your construction site injury. The amount will depend on your impairment level, date of injury, and the law that covers your worker's compensation.

You may receive payments that are equal to a percentage of your weekly earnings, along with payment for all reasonable medical and associated expenses. You can claim a lump sum in cases where the injury has caused permanent impairment.

A workers injury lawyer can help you assess your claim, based on the details surrounding your injury.

What expenses are covered and benefits am I entitled to under my construction site workers’ compensation?

If you get injured at work, you may face a range of costs, such as payments for immediate medical treatments and ongoing rehabilitation, as well as lost income due to your being unable to work. That's why it's important to get help securing the compensation you deserve.

A compensation payout can cover your entire medical and like expenses and provide you the income you need to recover properly and get back to work safely.

All 'reasonable' expenses are covered by workers' compensation for services related to:

  • medical, hospital and nursing
  • personal and household
  • occupational
  • rehabilitation
  • ambulance services

Expenses such as doctors, chemists, physiotherapy and chiropractic bills are also covered. Your workers' compensation authority may also approve payment for attendant care, modifications to a home or car, home help and transportation costs.

Do construction site workers' compensation entitlements vary between states and territories?

Yes, workers’ compensation laws and entitlements vary between states and territories and may be known as WorkCover, CTP or WorkSafe. Employees of the Commonwealth and ACT governments—and of some large national employers—are covered by the Comcare system. The compensation and benefits can vary greatly depending on your injury and on the law you’re covered by.

Whichever system you’re covered by, if you’ve been injured at work, our expert work injury compensation lawyers will fight to protect your legal rights.

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