What to know if you've been injured on a farm
Agriculture is one of Australia's biggest industries, and can also be one of the most dangerous. Handling livestock and heavy machinery requires skill and training to ensure work is done safely.
Each year the number of workers employed in the agricultural industry is boosted by seasonal workers, migrant workers and backpackers who take advantage of various Federal Government programs like the Seasonal Worker Program or the Farmwork Scheme that provide incentives for people who are willing to spend some time in the fields.
Unfortunately, even when all necessary safety precautions and standards on a farm 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 farm, 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.
The legal process can be tough, especially if English isn’t your first language, but our staff also speak many languages and can help find an interpreter if required.
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.
Contact us today to book a free consultation and find out how we can help you.
Frequently Asked Questions
You may be eligible to claim workers injury compensation If you’ve suffered any injury, illness or been harmed on a farm as a result - or in the course – of your employment.
Workers' compensation schemes cover injured farm employees, including part-time and casual workers. In many cases subcontractors are also eligible to receive work injury compensation.
This includes seasonal workers, or workers undertaking farm work as part of a visa scheme.
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.
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 hurt your back from bending over constantly, 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.
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 as soon as possible to understand your rights.
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.
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
- 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.
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.