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What to know if you've been injured at work

When people think about work-related injuries they usually associate them with construction sites and physically demanding professions – but accidents can also happen in offices and corporate environments.

These kinds of injuries are typically sustained while performing repetitive tasks that involve lifting, pushing, pulling or otherwise interacting with an object. Some work-related injuries can also be psychological. Psychological work-related injuries can be just as detrimental to your health as physical injuries.

Failing to address these injuries can have serious consequences on your mental and physical health. If you’ve been injured at work, contact Maurice Blackburn today – we can help.

Why Maurice Blackburn?

Maurice Blackburn Lawyers has exceptional expertise in this area of 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.

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 office workers’ compensation?

You may be eligible to claim workers’ injury compensation if you’ve been injured in the office as a result of completing work-related tasks, as a result - or in the course – of your employment.

These types of accidents are usually musculoskeletal, and are usually associated with repetitive tasks performed for an extended period of time, such as data entry or filing. But other types of injuries can also be serious, including cuts and lacerations, slips, trips and falls, and burns.

Some work-related injuries can also be psychological. These kinds of injuries typically arise from organisational or personal factors, with major factors including poor communication, interpersonal relationships, bullying and fatigue.

What types of office workers are covered?

Workers' compensation schemes cover injured office 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 injuries can I claim under office workers’ compensation?

The compensation and benefits you may receive vary depending on the seriousness of your injury and the law under 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 workplace injury.

Injuries including cancers, strokes, asthmas, heart conditions and degenerative conditions are often made worse by employment. Other common work related injuries in an office environment include slips, trips, falls caused by loose carpeting, electrical cords, wet floors and unstable chairs.

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 an office workers’ compensation claim?

Time limits vary under the different state and federal laws.

It’s important that you report your 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 workplace injury. The actual legal process may take up to several years, especially if you have to wait for your workers 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 office workers’ injury 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 office work 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 office 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 office workers’ injury compensation 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 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 office 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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