All Commonwealth employees and workers whose employers have a license under the federal workers' compensation scheme, are covered by a compensation scheme called Comcare. This scheme provides wages and medical expenses for people who are injured as a result of their work. If you’re covered under Comcare, and you’ve been injured at work, you may be eligible for compensation.
Are you covered by Comcare?
Comcare is the workers compensation scheme for all Commonwealth employees and workers whose employers have a license under the federal workers' compensation scheme. If you're covered under Comcare, and you've been injured at work, we can help you get compensation.
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- BIS Industries Ltd
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- Cleanaway Operations Pty Ltd
- Colonial Services Pty Ltd
- Commonwealth Bank of Australia Ltd
- Commonwealth Insurance Ltd
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- Reserve Bank of Australia
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- Telstra Corporation Ltd
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- Virgin Australia Airlines Pty Ltd
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If you've been injured at work there are several types of benefits you may be eligible for. They include:
Income support if you’re unable to work
Lump sum payment to cover permanent injuries
Compensation for another person’s negligence
Benefits to dependants of deceased workers
Making a claim
To successfully claim compensation for a workplace injury or illness you must show that your employment either caused or significantly contributed to the condition.
If you do want to make a claim, it’s important to get independent legal advice early as strict time limits will apply. Comcare will not provide you with independent legal advice, nor will they automatically pay your full compensation entitlement.
We're working behind the scenes to improve Comcare
We don't just care for our clients, we care for all injured Commonwealth employees. That's why, over many years, our team have been campaigning for improvements to the Comcare scheme for all people injured while working.
We've provided submissions to Parliament and have been involved in many stakeholder meetings with both Comcare and Government representatives responsible for improving the Comcare scheme.
On 25 March 2015, the Government introduced a Bill entitled the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Legislation (Improving the Comcare Scheme) Amendment Bill 2015, which if successful would have slashed rights and entitlements of workers under the Comcare scheme. Our people were actively involved in stopping this legislation pass through.
We specialise in Comcare claims
We regularly practise in Commonwealth compensation, Australia wide, every day. Our Comcare lawyers understand the complexities of the Commonwealth scheme and, more importantly, are committed to exploring every avenue necessary to help you have the best chance of securing maximum benefits for your work injury claim.
Our experience spans across all industries. We know how to deal with the employers, the insurers, and we have a proud history of running cases and winning.
We can tell you if :
- your claim has a reasonable chance of succeeding
- what kind of damages you might be awarded
- how much it will cost you
- how long the process will take
We understand that injury often has a devastating impact on your financial position. Therefore, having to pay legal fees should not be a barrier to you seeking compensation. People with valid claims should be able to have access to justice. That's why we were one of the first law firms to operate on a No Win - No Fee* payment system.
This means that if your case is successful, you'll receive compensation and we will be paid for the legal work we have done on your behalf. However, if your case is not successful and you do not receive compensation then you will not pay any of our legal fees at all.
Our fees are never a percentage of your final compensation, they are a set amount which is agreed to up-front when you decide to choose us to represent you.
From time to time, you may incur additional costs throughout your case. For example, we may need to gain access to your medical records or obtain expert reports. This is called a disbursement. You'll know if there's likely to be any additional costs at your initial appointment.
Superannuation and Disability Insurance claims
If you are no longer performing your normal work duties as a result of your injury, you may be entitled to a disability benefit through your superannuation fund. We can conduct an obligation free assessment to find out if you may be entitled to a payment.