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; and A 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. Client success stories Our clients share their successful compensation stories after coming to Arnold Thomas & Becker for help pursuing their WorkCover claims: A life changing fall: Ricardo’s story The dangers of asbestos: David’s story Former graffiti removalist receives compo payout from council contractor Workers Compensation FAQs What makes Arnold Thomas & Becker the ideal law firm for a Workers Compensation case? Our firm specialises in personal injury compensation, which has been our focus for over 50 years. We are the fifth-largest plaintiff personal injury law firm in Victoria. What will this cost me? We offer a ‘no win no fee’ policy and fund our clients’ claims with no interest. This means if we do not win your case, there will be no out of pocket expenses for you. Our ‘no win, no fee’ structure is in place to provide a no-risk situation for our clients. Can we claim on behalf of a deceased family member? Yes, relatives of a family member who has passed away from a work injury or asbestos-related disease are able to make asbestos claims for reparations on the deceased’s behalf. How long will be process take? The settlement of work injury or asbestos compensation payout claims rarely sticks to a specific timeline. We understand that asbestos-related impairments have particular circumstances and urgency; however, settlement times will vary based on the legal process. In some cases, we can expedite settlements in as little as a few months under necessary circumstances. What will be required from me during this process? Arnold Thomas & Becker work to make this complicated situation much simpler for you. We will visit you at home or the hospital, or via video call if you are too unwell to travel. What is involved in making an asbestos compensation claim? Our claims process is tailored for simplicity. We work efficiently and autonomously to achieve the best result. Simply contact us on 1300 333 300 or email [email protected], and you will speak with a senior partner personal injury lawyer for a free no-obligation consultation. We acquire all the necessary details and assess your situation accurately, then map out the entire legal process and inform you of the next required steps. Our team will investigate your asbestos exposure and submit your claim with a primary goal of settling out of court. If we feel the offer you receive is not fair, we will fight for you in court. What has been the result of your previous asbestos cases? One past example of an asbestos case handled by our team saw a client who suffered asbestos exposure at his work diagnosed with Mesothelioma at age 78. He worked on Government projects for large scale domestic builders from 1955 until 1986 using numerous types of asbestos products. We were able to obtain a settlement of $1.05 million-plus costs for his family. Another client who undertook home renovations in the early ’80s demolished a garage and granny flat on his property in suburban Melbourne. Unaware of the dangers of asbestos, our client did not wear a mask as he worked demolishing the cement sheet of the building. This led to asbestos exposure. Unfortunately, decades later, at the age of 73, our client was diagnosed with Mesothelioma. A claim was made against the manufacturer of the cement sheet and settled for $425,000 plus costs. If you have been exposed to asbestos and as a result suffer from an asbestos-related illness, you could be eligible for compensation. Call Arnold Thomas & Becker today to assess your case.