Workplace Injury Compensation Claim: Expectations Vs. Reality

For those injured at work, it’s one thing to understand that you may be entitled to compensation, it’s another to decipher the difference between expectations, myths and realities. A claim can be an involved process, and this is often made more complicated when you are trying to focus on your recovery.

The Victorian WorkCover system covers all employees, be it full-time, part-time or casual workers along with self-employed contractors, owner-drivers and incorporated small business owners. 

To help give you the correct information in regards to workplace injury compensation, some of the finest workplace injury lawyers inMelbourne,  from Arnold Thomas & Becker, have detailed the essential points. Read on to understand what is involved and give us a call if you need to make a claim.

Understanding the specifics of workers claim compensation

Workers Claim Compensation can provide weekly payments for lost wages while also covering costs for medical, rehabilitation, travel and other expenses. Some cases may be eligible for a lump sum impairment benefit or a common law claim as well.

It is important to note that not all Victorian workers are covered as some employers are insured under the Comcare scheme which differs slightly in what is allowed.

WorkCover in Victoria mandates that employers have a level of insurance that will cover staff in the event of a workplace accident that results in injury, sickness, burns, asbestos-related diseases, psychological or mental illness, and more.

Time limits do apply when it comes to workplace claims, so it is important to lodge as soon as possible. 

The process of making a personal injury claim

We often recommend that anyone who has been injured gets legal advice as soon as possible. In the case of our firm, we assess all claims for then offer advice which outlines the things you can claim for. We also advise each step of how to make a legal claim at no charge.

We do this, as No Win No Fee, to simplify the process, making it as stress-free as possible as we know your primary focus should be on your recovery.

The step-by-step process for making a claim is as follows:

  • Step 1: Speak to an expert personal injury lawyer and answer some questions about your situation. From here, they will advise you on whether or not you can claim compensation and how. Your lawyer will handle pretty much everything and organise a meeting with you quickly to progress to the next step.
  • Step 2: You’ll give all of the necessary details needed to your lawyer so they can properly assess your situation. From here, they will formulate a legal plan and answer any questions you might have. At this point, you should be given some idea of how long your claim might take, the likely outcome and any associated costs.
  • Step 3: You’ll receive an assessment of your claim that maps out the entire legal process. This will give you an in-depth plan of the steps required to get the financial compensation you deserve. This plan should also prepare you for any important decisions you might have to make. There is no need to worry however as your lawyer will be with you every step of the way, helping to ensure you make an informed decision when it comes time to decide whether or not to pursue compensation.
  • Step 4: If you do decide to move forward and seek compensation, you’ll sign an agreement, and your lawyer will get to work. They will handle the bulk of the process, only touching base with you should they need additional information or clarification.

The financial side of a workplace injury claim

From the legal fee side of your claim, you will not be up for any charge unless you are successful in your compensation claim. This is known as a ‘No Win No Fee’ payment system, which means you only have to pay if you win. 

From a compensation side, you may be eligible for reimbursement of lost earnings, medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of quality of life or any costs related to professional care. This will be detailed for you early in the process so you understand exactly what the outcome may look like.

Are you ready to move forward with a claim?

Arnold Thomas & Becker is a well-respected and successful workplace injury lawyers Melbourne can turn to for help to ensure the compensation deserved is attained. Call us on 1300 333 300 for no-cost, obligation-free assessment and advice on what to do next. We’re here to help you today.

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“I would like to say thank you to you and your team on behalf of my mother and me for the positive outcome for Mum’s case.

I know this hasn’t been a straightforward matter, and I appreciate all your efforts and communications over the past couple of years. There were times when I didn’t think we would get anywhere with it, but at least the compensation Mum received will help her out in her day to day life.

I would be more than happy to recommend any friends or relatives to your practice in the future and will contact you if we require your services again.

Once again, many thanks.”

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