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What to know about workers' compensation

In Australia, if you've been injured on the job—or if an existing injury or disease has been worsened in the course of your employment—you might be eligible to make a claim for workers' compensation through WorkCover.

WorkCover is a type of insurance that pays compensation when a worker is injured in the workplace. Making sure you get your full compensation payout can be a complicated and involved process; each state and territory has its own laws, and there's no guarantee that your insurance company will tell you about all the compensation you're entitled to.

Maurice Blackburn's WorkCover claims lawyers have in-depth knowledge of Australia's complex worker's compensation laws and on the best ways to maximise your claim. Contact us today to speak with an expert who can give you advice and get your claim started.

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If you've been injured at work, make sure you give yourself the best chance of making a successful claim by contacting one of our WorkCover lawyers.

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.

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

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.

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 workers’ compensation through WorkCover?

You may be eligible to make a workers’ compensation claim through WorkCover if you’ve been injured at work, or if an existing injury or disease has been made worse in the course of your employment.

What types of workers’ are covered by WorkCover

WorkCover workers’ compensation scheme covers injured 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 injuries can I claim under WorkCover?

The compensation and benefits you may receive vary greatly and will be determined by the law under which you’re covered.

You may be compensated for all medical expenses, lost income and any damages incurred now or in future as a result of your injury, including the recurrence, aggravation, acceleration, exacerbation or deterioration of any pre-existing injury 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 normal recess, such as lunchtime or morning and afternoon tea breaks.

How long do I have to make a compensation claim through WorkCover?

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 that you talk to a WorkCover claims lawyer to understand your rights.

What kind of sum can I expect to receive for my WorkCover workers’ compensation claim?

We understand that claiming workers’ compensation can be a complicated and involved process—especially when you're sick or injured. 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 workplace injury.

The amount will depend on your impairment level, date of injury, and the law that covers your workers’ 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. Our team specialises in these claims, so they are familiar with what you're going through and understand your needs.

What expenses are covered and benefits am I entitled to under my WorkCover claim?

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

  • medical, hospital and nursing
  • personal and household
  • occupational
  • rehabilitation
  • 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 your home or car, domestic help and transportation costs.

Do WorkCover 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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