Can an employer deny a workers compensation claim?

Many people are understandably nervous about the idea of lodging a workers compensation claim with their employer, for fear that it will be denied or they’ll be fired.

The truth is, an employer does not have the right to deny the lodgment of a workers compensation claim, and they cannot fire a worker for lodging one. In fact, they have a duty to pass on a workers compensation claim to the appropriate body.

Lawyer Joseph Ridley explains:


If you have been injured at work in Victoria you will be entitled to compensation under the Victorian WorkCover system. This is a ‘no-fault’ scheme. You can still make a claim even if the accident was your fault.

Compensation is payable to full time, part time and casual workers. Self employed contractors in many cases such as owner-drivers and incorporated small business owners are also entitled to compensation.

Contact us for your workers compensation claim

If you have been injured at work, we’re here to help with your compensation entitlements, and if you don’t win, there’s no fee. To speak to a lawyer for a confidential, no-obligation discussion, call us on 03 9034 8433 or email [email protected]

For more information and further FAQs, visit our Workers Compensation page.