Why Workers’ Compensation Can Be So Difficult For Claimants

Workplaces are required by law to be insured for workers’ compensation so they are financially protected if employees sustain an injury related to their job. These compensation claims operate on a no fault basis, with the insurer (usually WorkCover Queensland) paying medical costs and wages regardless of what caused the injury.

It sounds so straightforward, yet injured workers often experience significant difficulties when making work-related injury claims. These difficulties can arise from their dealings with insurers or from pursuing the more complex common law claims for damages.

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What Does “No Win, No Fee” Really Mean?

“No win, no fee” cost agreements are a unique way to offer legal services to those who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford it. Put simply, a lawyer’s payment is contingent on a successful outcome. The idea is that people who can’t afford to pay legal fees are not deterred from pursuing a claim.

However, these agreements can operate in a variety of ways depending on the firm. You’d be forgiven for thinking that the arrangement simply means that if you don’t win, there is nothing to pay. This isn’t always the case. There are important details and considerations you should be aware of.

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Mining Industry Compensation Claims and Issues

Working in the mining industry is risky, with workers exposed to dangerous situations every day while completing their tasks. Despite training, experience and safety policies, accidents can happen, leaving workers with serious injuries and financially burdened by medical costs.

Fortunately, all workers in the mining industry have the right to claim compensation if they suffer a work-related injury. However, there are a couple of different pathways to making a claim depending on the circumstances of your injury.

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Injured in a Motorcycle Accident? Not Sure If You Can Claim Compensation?

It’s no secret that motorcyclists are in a particularly vulnerable position when it comes to sustaining injuries from accidents on our roads. They are less visible, not as protected and are sometimes treated inconsiderately by other road users.

The result is a far greater chance of a motorcyclist being injured in a road accident, and suffering injuries of a more serious nature. However, motorcyclists are entitled to compensation like any other road user. If you’re a motorcyclist who has been injured in an accident, you may be able to claim compensation.

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Product Safety Claims and Injury Compensation – Explained

When a product doesn’t work properly, it can cause a lot of frustration. However, it’s even worse when a faulty product results in an injury. As consumers, we can reasonably expect our products to be safe and operate according to their intended purpose.

If you are injured by a defective or faulty product, you may be able to make a product liability claim, allowing you to seek compensation from the manufacturer or distributor of the product. You may be able to make a claim regardless of whether the product was manufactured or bought from Australia or overseas.

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What is a “Psychological Injury” And Can You Claim Compensation?

If you experience or witness a serious injury or death during a motor vehicle accident or a workplace accident, the stress, anxiety, grief and trauma that often results can be debilitating. Bullying, discrimination, harassment and day-to-day stress in the workplace can also cause what are called “psychological injuries”.

Fortunately, you may be able to access compensation for your psychological injury. The pathway for doing so depends on the kind of mental harm you have experienced and under what circumstances.

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Why You Must Seek Legal Advice for Any Compensation Claim

Not every legal matter requires the assistance of a lawyer; however, making a compensation claim for a personal injury is a different story. Compensation law can be complex and confusing as there are so many sub-categories with different claim processes and the outcome of each case is largely determined by specific circumstances.

Whether you want to make a claim for a motor vehicle accident, medical negligence or a faulty product, it’s essential to seek advice from an experienced compensation lawyer. This ensures you have the best chance at receiving the compensation you are owed.

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Making a Claim – How Long Have I Got?

When you suffer an injury or unfair treatment, your focus should be on recovering from any emotional distress or disruption to your daily life. Once you are on the road to recovery, it’s important to begin pursuing a dispute settlement or compensation claim as soon as possible. Below, we list some of the most common claims that injury lawyers are presented with and the timeframes within which they must be started.

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Common Law and Statutory Claims – What’s the Difference?

Workers’ Compensation claims fall under two distinct categories; common law and statutory claims. Understanding these two systems can save a lot of confusion in the long run so we’re taking the time to explain these types of claims and the processes they involve.

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What to do if you are not satisfied with WorkCover

If you have been injured due to your working conditions, WorkCover is required to offset all payments for treatment. Occasionally, this is not the case and Australian employees are left out of pocket. If you are unhappy with the financial support you have received, we’ve put together this guide to the process of appealing a workers’ compensation decision.

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Don’t Put Up with Abuse Anymore

For too many years, employees have been coping with workplace abuse without speaking up for their rights. This silent predisposition has been changing in recent years as we begin to understand the types of abuse and the level of harm that can result. Today, we’re highlighting forms of abuse and the options available to you as an Australian employee.

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Does My Case Have to Go to Court?

Going to court can be a costly and stressful procedure, particularly when you’re dealing with a minor claim. However, there are alternative services available that can remove the need to for a formal hearing. In this way, you can often reach a settlement faster, save money, preserve relationships and have your say in a less formal setting. Here are a few of the alternative resolution services we offer at Brisbane Injury Lawyers:

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Settling a Motor Vehicle Accident – What to Expect

Accidents on the road have a devastating effect on vehicles, property and the well-being of those involved. If you choose to go ahead with an accident claim, an injury lawyer can help you navigate the case. We’ve taken an in-depth look at the legal processes and expectations involved in making a motor vehicle accident claim.

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Injured at Work? Know Your Rights

Workplace injuries are exceedingly common as Australian workers put themselves in dangerous situations on behalf of their employer. Be it company negligence, accidental injury or defective equipment, it’s important to know your rights. In this article, we will be explaining the processes involved with workers’ compensation in Queensland and wider Australia.

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