What is workers compensation and what are the various workers compensation schemes?
If you have been injured at work or you believe your work may have contributed to an injury or disease then you may be entitled to workers compensation.
These schemes are maintained by the Commonwealth Government and provide financial benefits to employees who have been injured at work. The scheme also covers illness contracted at work and existing injuries and illnesses made worse by your employment.
Compensation can range from weekly payments to lump sum compensation and will often include compensation for payment of medical and associated expenses.
The compensation that you are entitled to will depend on the state or territory where the injury or disease occurred and the date on which you were injured.
The best way to maximise your compensation claim benefits is to speak with one of our Workers’ Compensation lawyers as soon as possible after the injury.
This is important because, in most instances, strict time limits will apply to making a claim. And, the insurer handling your claim will have their own lawyers working for them will not be able to give you give you independent legal advice.
We can help
We have a team of specialist Workers’ Compensation lawyers who can provide advice on the specific scheme in your state. Our compensation lawyers at Slater and Gordon will be able to advise you on:
- which scheme applies to your work injury case
- whether you are eligible to make a claim
- what benefits are available to you
If you suffer from any injury or illness that prevents you from working in your normal occupation and would like more information about how Slater and Gordon can help you, please contact us via the form on this page or by calling us.