You web browser may not be properly supported. To use this site and all its features we recommend using the latest versions of Chrome, Safari or Firefox

If you are looking for information on ANZ CCI class action click here

Woman tired at desk resized

It’s important for us to talk about mental health issues and psychological injuries in Victoria which appear to be on the rise.

As a workers’ compensation lawyer, I see workers across most industries who need assistance in managing the compensation claims process in circumstances where they have suffered a workplace injury.

Many of the injuries I hear about in the Dandenong area are often either in part or wholly psychological in nature.

Psychological injuries are a common cause of workers’ compensation claims in Australia. In Victoria, they account for 14 per cent of new WorkCover claims (2018-19) and this statistic appears to be growing.

When making a psychiatric injury claim, injured workers face challenging tests under Victoria’s compensation laws.

This was highlighted in Slater and Gordon’s submission to The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System in July this year.

We see many psychologically injured workers whose claim for compensation is rejected because they do not satisfy the criteria of a compensable psychological injury.

A rejected claim for psychological injury may only progress if the injured worker is prepared to challenge the decision through dispute resolution processes such as conciliation, mediation and litigation through the courts.

These processes can often aggravate an injured worker’s mental health further.

Unfortunately, many people who suffer psychological injuries at work, are still largely unaware of their compensable rights and entitlements under the Victorian compensation laws.

These workers are encouraged to seek legal advice as soon as possible.

The contents of this blog post are considered accurate as at the date of publication. However the applicable laws may be subject to change, thereby affecting the accuracy of the article. The information contained in this blog post is of a general nature only and is not specific to anyone’s personal circumstances. Please seek legal advice before acting on any of the information contained in this post.

Thank you for your feedback.

We're here to help

Get in touch with our Workers Compensation team

Related blog posts

Compensation Law
How to reduce your out of pocket medical costs if you’ve been injured at work

When you’re injured at work, one of the main priorities is getting medical treatment so you can get onto the road to recovery. However, medical treatments can be expensive and you don’t want to be out of pocket for these costs. That’s where WorkCover insurance comes in. WorkCover is a compulsory insurance that covers Australian employees, to provide them with benefits and financial support if they get injured or sick at work, regardless of who is at fault. Most workplaces must provide this insurance to their full-time, part-time and casual employees. If you’ve been injured at work the first thing to do is make a WorkCover claim. You should do this as soon as possible and once your...

Woman receiving physiotherapy treatment
Compensation Law
Can you still claim workers compensation if you’ve been injured whilst working from home?

COVID-19 has created what has been described as the largest working-from-home experiment the world has ever seen. The current pandemic has caused a fundamental change in the way many of us work and the location we are now working from. One of the interesting issues which arises from this shift is the question of what compensation entitlements a person might have if they suffer an injury whilst working at home. Every state and territory’s rules differ, but workers’ compensation generally applies to workers who suffer physical or psychological injuries whilst doing their job. The location of work is not usually important, so as a starting point, injuries which occur whilst you’re...

Working from home
Compensation Law
Revisiting unfair decisions for abuse survivors

It’s been one year since the doors were opened for child abuse survivors to have a second chance at receiving the financial support and justice they deserve. The Children Legislation Amendment Act 2019 was announced on 14 June, allowing courts to set aside unjust judgements or settlements. The Catholic Church’s Melbourne Response and Towards Healing schemes imposed caps on compensation in years gone by, often giving abuse survivors no choice but to accept totally inadequate settlements considering the horrors experienced in their childhoods. Settlements often required the survivor to sign a deed of release and confidentiality clause preventing them from speaking out or taking further...

Child in hallway