What kinds of workers are covered?
Full-time, part-time and casual workers are all covered by Workers’ compensation schemes. In some circumstances, volunteers and subcontractors are also covered.
Are there any time limits for making a claim?
Strict time limits do apply to lodging a worker’s compensation claim in Queensland. Time limits vary between each state and territory. It is therefore important that you contact an experienced lawyer to discuss your eligibility to make a claim and ensure your entitlements are protected.
Can I sue my employer for negligence?
Depending on the nature of your claim, you may be able to sue your employer in a claim for negligence, this is known as a common law claim.
In order to make a common law claim, a statutory claim must also be made and accepted by WorkCover Queensland or the relevant self-insurer.
Whether you are able to make a common law claim depends on a number of factors, including when your injury occurred, the seriousness of your injury and whether your injury was caused by your employer’s negligence. This is a complex area of law so it’s important you seek legal advice as soon as possible.
What can I receive compensation for?
Depending on the nature of your claim, you may have either a statutory claim or a statutory claim and a common law claim.
In a statutory claim, you may be able to receive compensation for the following:
- Loss of wages/earnings;
- Medical, hospital and rehabilitation expenses;
- Travel expenses;
- Lump sum compensation for Permanent impairment (in some circumstances).
In a common law claim, you may be entitled to receive the following:
- Pain and suffering and loss of amenities of life;
- Past and future loss of earning capacity;
- Past and future medical expenses;
- Care costs both past and future;
Our lawyers will review the circumstances of your injury, advise you on your employer’s liability (often with the assistance of an expert witness), and the type of compensation you may be entitled to receive.