Everyday, hundreds of Queensland employees are injured at work, travelling to and from work, or while undertaking duties relating to their employment. Thankfully, there are provisions in place to protect injured workers to help them along their road to recovery. The personal injury process for a work-related accident usually starts with a WorkCover statutory compensation claim, and may then progress to a WorkCover common law claim depending on the circumstances of your case.
If you sustain an injury at work, it is important to act quickly in seeking assistance to help you cope with the impact on the injury. You should always seek medical assistance first to ensure your own physical wellbeing, as well as to provide the supporting evidence necessary for carrying out a work-related injury claim. After seeking medical assistance, you will also be better informed of your injury, your anticipated recovery times and what activities you should no longer be undertaking.
WorkCover’s role is to get you back into the workplace as soon as possible, and they do this by taking a very holistic approach to your rehabilitation. Benefits of a WorkCover statutory compensation claim may include supplementing your income, covering the cost of medical and surgical expenses, and working alongside you employer to determine suitable duties for you while you recover. Seeking the advice of a lawyer when you wish to make a WorkCover claim will assist you in getting the best outcome from your claim, and will help take the burden off you throughout the process. It will also help mitigate any impact you might have on a future right to make a WorkCover common law claim.
If your injury is significant, and it was the fault of your employer, then pursuing a WorkCover common law claim may also be an option available to you. Compensation paid from WorkCover common law claims tends to be fairly substantial, as it is intended to restore any future loss of income you will face as the result of your injury. Pursuing a WorkCover common law claim is a very legal process, and one best carried out under the advice of a lawyer. Corney and Lind lawyers operate all of their personal injury claims on a no win no fee basis, so you don’t need to be concerned that you won’t have the funds to cover your legal expenses.
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