Have you had an accident at work? If so, you’re likely contemplating your options in regards to compensation. In times like these, it’s important to make a well-informed rational decision. At Millner and Knight, our national panel of WorkCover lawyers can give you the advice you need to move forward in confidence.
What kind of accidents do I need a WorkCover lawyer for?
In today’s busy workplaces, there are literally hundreds of ways that an employee can sustain an injury that wasn’t their fault. However, in some instances, a ‘no-fault’ scheme may apply which means you can claim compensation regardless of who caused the accident.
Some of the most common matters we can assist you with include:
- Stress claims
- construction site accidents
- crushed by moving vehicles
- factory accidents
- falls from height
- fly in fly out
- hit by falling objects
- industrial deafness
- machinery accidents
- wrong PPE
- military incidents
- and many more
We understand that accidents happen in all types of workplaces and we may not have listed yours in the bullet points above. It that’s the case, please do not worry as we will still be able to help as long as it happened because of work.
Does it need to be a serious injury to get a lawyer involved?
The short answer is no, in most cases, employees who have suffered or are suffering from less severe injuries do not need to get a lawyer involved. However, it is becoming more common that minor injuries are being brushed under the carpet. If you have suffered from an injury that your employer is not taking seriously, or is refusing to let you take time off work because they deem it as not serious enough then you may need to seek advice.
Some common workplace injuries include:
- Amputation and loss of limbs
- arm injuries
- back and spine
- brain or head
- broken bones
- carpal tunnel
- chemical harm
- eye injuries
- groin damage
- leg injuries
- and many more
The WorkCover compensation scheme is designed to provide compensation if you suffer physical or psychological harm.
At what stage will I need a WorkCover lawyer?
Generally speaking, if at any point during your interactions with work or their insurance company something feels wrong, it’s a sign to seek legal advice. At Millner and Knight, our national panel of WorkCover lawyers are able to assist you at any stage of the process and can provide you with free initial advice or full-blown legal representation.
Feel free to call us if:
- You have suffered an injury at work and something feels wrong, or
- you are having trouble with an existing injury or illness, or
- you are suffering from a psychological injury such as stress or depression, or
- you believe you should be entitled to a lump sum payout, or
- you have had a claim rejected or declined or is currently being investigated, or
- you wish to make a claim for future loss of earnings, or
- you are feeling pressured to return to work, or
- you have been advised about a common law claim, or
- a hearing has been arranged.
If you or a loved one are going through a claim at the moment and feel as if somethings not quite right, call 1800 106 107. We take all calls in a strictly confidential environment and will not pressure you into moving forward if you don’t feel ready.
What will legal representation cost me?
In matters relating to personal injury, legal fees are generally accrued at an hourly rate. However, our WorkCover specialists handle all claims on a. This means there’ll be no cost to you if your claim is unsuccessful. In the event of a successful outcome, it’s common that losing party pays the winners costs.