If you were injured as a healthcare worker in any of the states below, please follow the appropriate link so we can show you the most relevant content.
- View New South Wales information or claim online here,
- visit our dedicated Victoria page or start online,
- click here for Queensland specific info or lodge online now,
- select Western Australia or make a claim here.
Claiming for Injuries Suffered as a healthcare worker
Experiencing an injury at work can cause more than pain and suffering; it can shatter your confidence and sense of wellbeing. This is compounded by having to take time off work, which can stress you further.
We understand suffering an accident as a carer or a healthcare assistant often means less income and time off. It also impedes your duty as a carer; leaving vulnerable people without care is also a worrying thought.
The work injury experts at Millner and Knight care for the injured carer. We ensure to understand the full impact of your accident and injury and figure out if you can make a claim. This is all provided free of charge.
We believe you should be able to seek justice, financial compensation, and support if you’ve been injured due to the negligence of your employer.
If you’ve suffered an accident at work as a carer due to unsafe practices or are still recovering from an injury, call us on 1800 106 107. There’s no obligation to proceed if we find you have grounds no make a no win no lose claim.
Was Someone Else at Fault for Your Injury?
It can be difficult to figure out if anybody was at fault for your accident, particularly if your accident was the result of repetitive movements or repeated practices over time.
If you’ve suffered an accident at work because of unsafe practices, a lack of training or a lack of support then your employer may be at fault for your accident.
This may extend to not giving you the correct training on critical equipment that allows you to carry out your job safely, or forced to work on a job that actually needed two or more people
When you sign a contract of employment with your employer, they become legally obligated to keep you safe from harm at work. They must take all reasonable precautions to make sure you’re not injured in the workplace, especially if it is wholly preventable.
If they don’t they may be responsible for your accident. Some examples of when your employer may have failed to uphold their duty to you as a carer are:
- Not providing training on how to lift, move or help a nursing home’s
- Not providing the correct equipment for you to safely care for a
- Failing to roster on adequate staff for a shift or activity
- Failing to maintain and regularly check equipment
- Not providing the correct personal protective equipment (PPE)
Injuries may also occur in a car/vehicle accident, attack while at work or because of a slip and fall.
If that’s the case, then it may be clear that somebody was at fault for your accident. Do you have questions? We will answer them if you want to call us on 1300 106 107.
Your Sick Pay and Compensation
It’s likely that you’ve taken some time off work to recover after your injury. You may have received sick leave pay. This may be less than what you usually earn, and may even run out if you exceed the number of days allocated for sick leave.
Over time, paying for accident rehabilitation without enough income can cause financial stress.
Making a compensation claim can help to ease the financial impact of your injury, recovering medical or home modification expenses and lost future earnings.
Find Out if You Can Make a Carer’s Claim
To be able to make a compensation claim for your accident as a carer, your accident should have been caused by somebody else, either through reckless or negligent behaviour and caused you an injury as diagnosed by a doctor.
Sometimes who is at fault isn’t as straightforward. To discuss your experience and how we can help for free, call us on 1800 106 107. There’s no obligation to claim once you start talking to us.
Claiming Won’t Put Jobs at Risk
A major hurdle to starting a claim is the fear of getting the sack – or others getting the sack – because they made a claim.
It’s against the law for your employer to dismiss you for making a claim, and is covered under “unfair dismissal” laws.
When you contact us, we won’t notify your employer until you’ve signed the agreement with your lawyer. All legal action happens between your employer’s statutory insurer and your lawyer – not against your employer or the business.
If you have any questions about making a claim or just need advice, please call 1300 106 107.