What does my workers’ compensation claim cover?
Workers’ compensation can take many forms, including:
- Wage replacements while you are unable to work
- Costs of medical treatment, equipment, and rehabilitation
- Associated out of pocket costs including travel
- Lump-sum payments in case of permanent disability or death
- Damages for pain and suffering as a result of injury or illness
These payments can be made for expenses or losses already incurred, and those yet to be incurred (including future lost income).
The nature of the compensation available to you can depend on pursuing the right kind of claim or legal avenue, so it’s best to seek legal advice before beginning to ensure you receive what you’re entitled to.
How much is my compensation claim worth?
A claim can vary depending on the type of claim and the factors surrounding it. As no one case is the same, it can be helpful to receive advice from a legal professional. What’s My Claim Worth’s expert advisors can help you assess your situation and provide a range of estimates from high- to low-value. What’s My Claim Worth can use that information to connect you with a lawyer specialised in your area, so you can discuss your options and the value of compensation you’re entitled to.
What does the workers’ compensation process involve?
Many injured workers choose to lodge a claim through the workers’ compensation authority in their state, which is designed to facilitate the process but can be difficult to understand, particularly when recovering from an injury or dealing with financial distress.
Depending on the nature of your injury or illness, the state it occurred in, and your personal circumstances, it may be more appropriate to seek legal support, either to ensure your claim is successful or to pursue another avenue of compensation. A What’s My Claim Worth lawyer can help you understand your options, guide you through the process and empower you to achieve a better result.
When should I lodge my workers’ compensation claim?
In most cases, you must lodge a workers’ compensation claim within six months of the injury or illness, or becoming aware of the injury or illness. A What’s My Claim Worth can help you collect your documentation and prepare your claim within that limit, or may be able to seek an extension or help you find another legal avenue if more than six months have passed.
Who do I report my workplace injury to?
You should report your injury or illness to your employer as soon as it occurs, or as soon as you become aware of it. You should also attend a doctor as soon as possible for treatment and a diagnosis.
Most claims will be lodged with the workers’ compensation body in your state, but depending on the particulars of your case it may be more appropriate to seek compensation through insurance, litigation or another avenue. A What’s My Claim Worth lawyer can help you understand your options and pursue the one that’s right for you.
Who is responsible for workers’ compensation in my state?
Although the organisation responsible for workers’ compensation is different in each state, and the rules they apply are different, the fundamental principles behind workers’ compensation, and workplace health and safety, are the same across Australia.
Depending on the nature of your work, your employer, and your claim, the state in which you reside, or where the injury occurred, may not be the state in which you lodge a compensation claim. What’s My Claim Worth’s recommended lawyers can help you understand the rules which apply to you, and the options available to you.
Workers’ compensation is administered by:
- NSW: icare
- VIC: WorkSafe Victoria
- QLD: WorkSafe Queensland
- WA: WorkCover
- SA: Return to Work SA
- TAS: WorkSafe Tasmania
- NT: NT WorkSafe
Workers in the ACT, and most of those employed by the Commonwealth government or self-insured corporations, are administered by ComCare. The Department of Veterans’ Affairs administers compensation claims for Australian Defense Force personnel.
What is your No Win, No Fee guarantee?
Our No Win, No Fee guarantee means exactly what it says: if your case doesn’t result in a successful compensation claim, you won’t pay any out-of-pocket expenses. You’ll only be charged legal fees if you win. That’s because What’s My Claim Worth lawyers will back you fully, so you can focus on recuperation instead of worrying about whether you can afford justice.