If you have been injured at work, you likely have a remedy by lodging a statutory workers’ compensation claim.
In Queensland, the workers’ compensation system is a no-fault system. A statutory workers’ compensation claim can be lodged with WorkCover which is the main workers’ compensation insurer in Queensland.
A statutory workers’ compensation claim can be lodged quite quickly and benefits such as payment of reasonable medical expenses, reasonable travel expenses, partial loss of wages and rehabilitation expenses can be received.
Eventually, once your injuries are deemed stable, the workers’ compensation insurer will issue what is known as a Notice of Assessment and offer you lump sum compensation.
If it can be established that there has been some fault on the part of the employer causing injury then you would also likely be entitled to claim common law damages.
Such a claim can lead to a substantially higher recovery of lump sum compensation. In a common law damages claim a number of heads of damages can be claimed:
- General damages for pain and suffering
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Loss of income
- Superannuation benefits
- Commercial value of care and assistance
- Out of pocket expenses
Each case is different and based on the individual’s circumstances.
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