Melbourne’s trusted Workers’ Compensation Lawyers We can help you get compensation you deserve. 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. What can workers’ compensation lawyers help you make a claim for? Weekly payments for lost wages;Medical, rehabilitation, travel and associated expenses;A lump sum impairment benefit; andA common law claim If we believe the case is likely to be successful, in most circumstances we will pursue your claim on a ‘no win no fee’ basis. This includes paying for out-of-pocket expenses. Not all Victorian employees will be covered by this scheme. Some employers are insured under the Comcare scheme. For more information please see our Comcare section. What is WorkCover? In Victoria, these claims are managed under WorkCover. All Victorian employers must have this insurance for their staff whether they are full time, part time or casual. It also covers self employed contractors and workplace accidents such as back and neck injuries, burns, asbestos-related diseases, construction site accidents, falls, psychological/mental illness, hearing loss and RSI (repetitive strain). As time limits apply, it’s important to lodge your claim as soon as possible. We can help you prepare your claim and guide you through the whole process. Finding the best Workers Compensation lawyers in Melbourne At Arnold Thomas & Becker you will find a team of highly experienced, dedicated, personal injury lawyers in Melbourne who know what it takes to win cases, which is exactly what we have been doing for over 50 years. We know that suffering an injury at work can have a catastrophic effect on your health, emotional well-being, quality of life and financial security. We also know that dealing with large government agencies can be challenging, which is not what you need when you should be focusing on your recovery. With Arnold Thomas & Becker WorkCover lawyers on your side, you can be sure you will get the maximum compensation you are entitled to, including lump sums, medical expenses and weekly payments. Let us eliminate the stress and frustration while you get better. How do we help you? We don’t just look at your condition but the total effect it has had on your life, including related health issues and complications. We ask lots of questions. We get to know the whole person. Only then, can we fight for the full compensation you deserve. When you need WorkCover lawyers who strive for nothing short of excellence, come and talk to us. No win, no fee – that’s our WorkCover lawyers’ promise to you The legal system can be expensive, but that shouldn’t mean people should be locked out of getting the outcomes, benefits or justice they deserve. At Arnold, Thomas and Becker Lawyers, our WorkCover pre-existing injury lawyers also offer true, 100 percent no win no pay fee policies, unlike some other firms. If you have a legitimate case for receiving benefits, you will not be billed for our time or any other fees unless there is a positive outcome in your favour. Everyone deserves their day in court and we want to ensure that anyone that has been injured or otherwise wronged has the opportunity to access the support they are entitled to. Superannuation claims for injury and illness Major injuries, illnesses and conditions can be a real challenge in our lives. Aside from the obvious pain and discomfort, we have to contend with not being able to work, potentially modifications to our homes and vehicles and other large-scale disruptions to our lives. Many people are not aware that there is legislation that allows us to tap into our superannuation to help cover for these circumstances including insurance like Income Protection (IP) and Total and Permanent Disablement (TPD) benefits. Speak to our expert team of superannuation lawyers about your rights and we can get the wheels in motion to make a claim for you. Road accidents Car accidents can cause all sorts of trauma, including injuries, vehicle damage or destruction, property damage or destruction, loss of ability to work and much more. Fortunately, Transport Accident Commission (TAC) provisions mean you can be eligible for compensation even if you caused the accident. Speak to our team and we will assist you with claims for medical expenses, lost wages and other lump sum amounts to assist you in your recovery. For more information on our WorkCover lawyers, or any of our other legal services including superannuation and road accident claims, call into one of our offices in Melbourne or phone us on 03 9626 9541. Workers Compensation FAQs Why do I need expert work injury lawyers to represent me? WorkCover will not give you independent legal advice regarding your WorkCover claim. In our experience, WorkCover often does not pay to you your maximum entitlement to compensation to weekly payments, medical expenses and lump sums. In order to claim damages for pain and suffering and lost wages, you will need work injury lawyers in Melbourne to represent you. What should I do if I am injured at work? You should report your injury to your employer as soon as possible. You normally must notify your employer within 30 days of your accident. You should arrange an appointment to see your doctor as soon as possible. In order to claim compensation for weekly payments or medical expenses you should complete a Worker’s Injury Claim Form and give it to your employer together with a Certificate of Capacity from your doctor. You should also contact one of our compensation lawyers on 1300 333 300 to obtain advice to protect your rights. What if I have developed skin cancer as a result of outdoor work? Sadly, two thirds of Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70. This includes cancers such as; basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Your chances of developing a melanoma or non-melanoma skin cancer are increased significantly if you work, or have worked outside and have been exposed to ultra violet light (UV) on an extended basis. If you, or a loved one who has passed away, have developed skin cancer as a result of outdoor work, you may be eligible for financial compensation. There are strict time frames which apply to secure compensation, so you are best to enquire with one of our personal injury lawyers as soon as you can. There are no out of pocket expenses for to you explore whether you have a viable claim, and if you don’t win, there’s no fee. What if I am unhappy with a decision made by my WorkCover insurer? If the insurer refuses or ceases to pay you compensation, you should refer the dispute to the Accident Compensation and Conciliation Service (ACCS). This is a free service. You normally only have 60 days from the date of the decision to refer your dispute to the ACCS. However extension are available. If the matter does not resolve after the conciliation, you should seek legal advice from a compensation lawyer at our office concerning referring the matter to court. What if I am injured travelling to work? If you are injured on your way to or from work, your injury will not usually be covered under the WorkCover system. However you may be entitled to compensation from the Transport Accident Commission (TAC).