Accessing your entitlements after an accident at work in Queensland can be nearly as painful as your injury. If this is the case, our experienced workers compensation lawyers located in Brisbane can help.
- As of 2020, the most recent annual report issued by the Queensland regulator highlighted 96,967 new workers compensation claims, however, for numerous reasons many more injuries go unreported
- Payments to injured workers totalled $943.5 million for the fiscal year
- Strains and sprains accounted for over a quarter of all claims
- If you’ve suffered a physical injury in the workplace or if your psychological health has been affected as a result, Millner and Knight can help
- Our panel of expert workers compensation lawyers can help you with any types of claims including common law claims
- All claims are handled according to our strict risk free policy
Things to know about workers’ compensation in QLD
Workers compensation is an insurance that was put in place so that anyone who has been injured at work can still receive an income.
WorkCover Queensland is the exclusive provider of insurance for workplace injuries and covers employees for:
- weekly compensation (to cover their lost wages)
- medical expenses and medicines
- rehabilitation treatment
- travel expenses
- death benefits and funeral expenses.
However, accessing these entitlements after being injured at work isn’t always straightforward.
Every day we speak to people who are being wrongfully denied their rights to workers compensation. Some of the most common reasons are:
- A large number of fellow employees are currently claiming workers comp and it looks bad on the company
- Making a claim will result in a lost-time injury for the employer and impact them pricing work in the future
- Management is more concerned about their insurance premiums going up than an employees wellbeing
Whatever the reason, this has nothing to do with you and you should not be denied your workers compensation because your employer thinks that it’s not a good time.
If you’ve had an accident in Brisbane or Queensland and have questions regarding your rights and entitlements you can call us and have your situation assessed for free by a workers compensation lawyer who specialises in cases like yours. Alternatively, you can start your claim online and we’ll call you back.
Types of workers compensation our lawyers can help with
Some of the most common types of injuries suffered at work include
- Back injuries
- Repetitive Strain Injuries
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Eye injuries
- Broken bones and fractures
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- asbestos claims
- noise-induced hearing loss.
We can also help you with many types of different workplace accident scenarios such as:
- Falls from Height
- Hit by Falling Object
- Constructions Site Accidents
- Crushed by Moving Vehicle
- Factory Accidents Claims
- FIFO Accident Claims
- Machinery Accidents
- Wrong PPE Claims
If you’ve been involved in an accident, it’s best to seek legal advice to find out where you stand. You can call us today on 07 2104 9341 or start online. Your call will be taken by our experienced customer service consultants who will ask you some questions regarding your individual circumstances before transferring you to a lawyer who specialises in Workers compensation matters like yours.
We can also help you if you suffered injuries in an auto accident travelling to or from work.
How to lodge your claim
To lodge a workers compensation claim you will need to:
- Seek first aid and report the injury to your immediate supervisor.
- Seek medical attention, preferably from your usual doctor, not the company one.
- Depending on the severity of your injuries you and your employer may need to complete and submit an online incident notification form.
- fax or email the incident form to email@example.com.
- To start your claim for benefits you will need to complete and submit the online claim form here.
- If you experience any difficulties during the initial process feel free to give us a call on 07 2104 9341.
- Be sure to keep a copy of your medical certificate and take note of any information you enter into the claim form.
You can speak to a WorkCover specialist at Millner and Knight regarding your situation to ensure you hit the ground running.
My workers’ compensation has been rejected or ceased
When making a decision, the insurer must consider:
- whether or not the application has been lodged in time
- if the worker is a Queensland worker
- whether a work-related event caused the injury.
Based on the facts presented, the insurance company or Worksafe will determine whether or not they will accept or reject your case. If the application is not accepted, one of their representatives will probably call you to explain the decision that has been made. A letter will be sent to the worker explaining the information considered and the reason why.
If you have a genuine case, and something feels wrong it probably is and you should seek independent legal advice as soon as possible.
You may have also had your case ceased and are no longer receiving compensation. In these instances, it is assumed that you have fully recovered or should have fully recovered, however, only you know whether you are back to full health or not and you may need to go for an independent medical examination to have your feelings confirmed. If this is the case, we can assist you with this, Millner and Knight have lawyers who are partnered with medical specialists in Brisbane and Queensland who can help you get a second opinion.
To find out if you are entitled to make a workers’ compensation claim you may contact us for instant clarification. We have offices located throughout Queensland so no matter where you are located, we’re never far away.