Have you injured a muscle at work?
A strained neck or persistent lower back pain can affect you for years, making it difficult to sit, twist, turn or sleep. These, together with hip and shoulder injuries, can severely limit your movement and impact your ability to work.
Regardless of whether you’ve slipped, tripped, fallen or sustained an injury some other way, if you have suffered a muscle injury at work then you may be able to claim workers’ compensation in your state.
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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.
Contact us today to speak with an expert who can give you advice and get your claim started.
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 suffered a muscular injury as a result - or in the course – of your employment. It doesn’t matter whose fault it is—even if you contributed to your injury, you may still be eligible for compensation.
Workers' compensation schemes cover injured 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 muscular 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 depending on the seriousness of your injury and the law under which you're covered.
You may be able to claim for work injuries ranging from bruising to your knees or legs to more serious and debilitating conditions. As a result of lifting objects too frequently with too little rest, repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) can develop over time
- from pulled muscles to torn ligaments, and for the recurrence, aggravation, acceleration, exacerbation or deterioration of any pre-existing injury impacted by your muscular injury.
Common muscular injuries in the workplace include slips, trips, and strains, along with repetitive strain injuries (RSI) resulting from lifting and moving too frequently without resting. Workplace muscular injuries may also include bruising, pulled muscles, torn ligaments, hip and shoulder injuries, strained neck muscles and persistent lower back pain.
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 muscular injury.
The actual legal process may take up to several years, especially if you have to wait for your muscular injury to stabilise.
It's important you talk to a muscular 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 muscular injury at work. 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 muscular injury.
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 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 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.