What to do if you've hurt yourself lifting at work
Lifting injures are among the most common, and most costly workplace injuries. Due to the pain involved, these kinds of occupational injuries can easily affect your ability to work effectively – or not at all in some cases.
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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.
Frequently Asked Questions
You may be eligible to claim workers injury compensation if you’ve been injured at work as a result of heavy or awkward lifting.
No matter whose fault it is, you may be able to make a lifting injury compensation claim through the workers’ compensation body in your state.
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.
Depending on which state you live in or where the lifting injury occurred will determine the level of cover you are protected.
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 greatly and will be determined under the law in which you’re covered.
As well as workplace accidents, you may also be able to claim work injury compensation for a recurrence, aggravation, acceleration, exacerbation or deterioration of any pre-existing injury impacted by your lifting injury.
The most common lifting injury from lifting is to the lower back. However, all parts of the body involved in the lifting motion can be affected, including the head and neck, shoulders, elbows, hands, hips and knees.
Common lifting injuries include slipped discs, hernias, severe strains, rotator cuff injuries and tendinitis.
Time limits vary under the different state and federal laws.
It’s important that you report your lifting injury to both your work and workers’ compensation authority that covers you as soon as possible. It’s best that you do this within 30 days of the incident or once you’ve become aware of your lifting injury.
The actual legal process may take up to several years, especially if you have to wait for your lifting injury to stabilise.
It's important you talk to a lifting injury lawyer 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 lifting 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 compensation lawyer can help you assess your claim, based on the details surrounding your lifting injury.
If you get injured at work, you may face a range of costs. The costs for medical treatment, lost income and ongoing rehabilitation can mount up quickly. That's why it's important to get help securing the compensation you deserve.
All ‘reasonable’ expenses are covered by workers' compensation for services related to:
- medical, hospital and nursing
- personal and household
- ambulance services.
Expenses to treat your lifting injury such as doctors, chemists, physiotherapy and chiropractic bills are also covered. Your workers’ compensation authority may also approve payment for attendant care, modifications to your home or car, domestic 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.