If you have been injured at work, on your way to or from work, or while travelling for work, you could be entitled to workers compensation.
What is workers compensation?
Workers compensation is a common scheme throughout the country that is designed to safeguard employees from financial burden or mistreatment in cases where an accident occurs on work time. This includes accidents that happen at work, on your way to or from your place of employment, and also on other sites or in other cities if you have been injured while travelling for work.
If you have suffered an injury, whether physical or psychological, at work, you may be entitled to workers compensation.
Who is covered by workers compensation?
Workers compensation applies to all staff, including current or previous full-time employees, part-time employees, temporary employees, and subcontractors. Whether you’ve been injured by a fall on a job site, or have suffered from workplace harassment, our experts can guide you through the process of claiming workplace compensation to get you the compensation you deserve.
What does workers compensation cover?
Workers compensation claims can be made for a variety of different injuries and illnesses, including those of both a physical and psychological nature. Some conditions that we can help you seek workers compensation for include:
- Injuries that restrict you from performing your day-to-day work duties
- Injuries that prevent you from working full-time or part-time
- Illness or disease brought on or aggravated by your workplace conditions
- Hearing loss, psychological disorders and degenerative diseases caused by your workplace environment
Workers compensation may also be claimed if you’ve been injured on your way to and from work. Beyond physical injury, you may also be entitled to workers compensation if you are suffering damage and distress from workplace harassment and bullying.
It can sometimes be difficult to know if you have the right to claim workers compensation and what you should claim. This is where we can help.
Who governs workers compensation in New South Wales?
Although all employers in Australia are required to take out workers compensation insurance, it is governed individually by each of the country’s states and territories. In New South Wales, workers compensation is governed by the State Insurance Regulatory Authority.
How long does a workers compensation claim take?
A workers compensation claim can take in excess of a year to process. The length of time for a claim to be processed depends on the type of injury or illness you are experiencing, the severity of your injuries or illness, and the amount of time required for your condition to stabilise. Although it is generally a long process from start to finish, it’s important to start your claim as early as possible to ensure you meet all required deadlines.
When might you need legal assistance when making a workers compensation claim?
Although it is possible to submit a workers compensation claim on your own, there are some circumstances when legal assistance may be of benefit to you as you work towards receiving workers compensation. These may include:
- When you’ve been injured in the workplace and would like to know what your next steps could be
- When you need assistance understanding your entitlements and how to submit your claim
- When your initial claim has been denied by your employer’s workplace compensation insurer
- When your employer isn’t cooperating with the claim process
- If you think you are receiving benefits that are of lower value than you believe you are entitled to receive
What’s My Claim Worth partners with specialist law firms throughout New South Wales who will investigate your entitlements for workers compensation claims including replacement of lost income, medical and rehabilitation costs, lost superannuation entitlements, and economic loss. We have a proven track record for helping Australians receive workers compensation – no win, no fee.
Discuss your workers compensation claim with us
If you believe you have grounds for a workers compensation claim, get in touch with us today. We can discuss the specifics of your case and what your best-case scenario outcome could be based on the information you provide. We’ll also tell you if there are any other claims which you may be entitled to, based on your circumstances.
No win, no fee
When you use our compensation claim calculator tool, you have the option to pass your details onto our network of compensation lawyers, specialising in workers compensation claims. Our network provides a free case assessment. If you decide to engage that workers compensation lawyer to represent you on a claim, they will act on a no win-no fee basis (excluding defendant costs if the claim is litigated).
Frequently asked questions
Who pays workers compensation?
Workers compensation is typically paid by the insurer that an employer has taken out a workers compensation policy with. It may be paid to the claimant directly by the insurer, via the employer or through a workers compensation regulator.
Does workers compensation pay your full salary?
Workers compensation isn’t a wage or salary, but is instead a form of insurance payment that is paid to a claimant by an insurer or a workers compensation regulator. As such, the amount paid won’t necessarily equal the claimant’s full salary. Learn more about how workers compensation payments are calculated.
How long will workers compensation last?
The length of time that workers compensation payments will continue to be paid depends on the degree of the injury or illness experienced, as determined by a medical professional, and the age of the claimant. Learn more about workers compensation payouts in NSW.