Psychological trauma
related to work

What is workplace psychological trauma?

Not all workplace injuries are physical. Events at work can have a temporary or lasting impact on your psychological, emotional and physical wellbeing.

These kinds of injuries can affect your ability to work effectively, or at all, and can lead to lost income and other expenses, such as payments for medical and psychological treatments. That's why you should receive the compensation that you deserve.

Contact us today to speak with an expert who can give you advice and get your claim started.

Why Maurice Blackburn?

Maurice Blackburn Lawyers is committed to being Australia’s leading work-related injury law firm. We have 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 MelbourneSydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin and throughout Australia.

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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 for psychological trauma?

You may be eligible to claim workers injury compensation for psychological trauma if events in the workplace have had a lasting impact on your psychological, emotional and physical wellbeing, as a result - or in the course – of your employment.

No matter whose fault it is, if you've been psychologically damaged as a result of work, you may be able to make a compensation claim through the workers' compensation body in your state.

What types of workers are covered for psychological trauma 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.

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 psychological injuries can I claim under 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 incidents, you may also be able to claim work injury compensation for a recurrence, aggravation, acceleration, exacerbation or deterioration of any pre-existing psychological condition impacted by your work.

Symptoms of trauma typically include stress, anxiety, depression, guilt, and anger, as well as fatigue, disorientation, poor concentration and social withdrawal.

In some states you may be able to claim for psychological trauma sustained during a normal recess, such as lunchtime or morning and afternoon tea breaks.

How long do I have to make a workers compensation claim for psychological trauma?

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 trauma.

It's important you talk to a workplace psychological trauma lawyer to understand your rights.

What kind of sum can I expect to receive for my psychological trauma 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 psychological trauma.

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 psychological trauma. 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 psychological 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, therapists and counselling 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 psychological trauma 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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