Many superannuation and insurance policies come with benefits to protect you if you are unable to work due to illness or disability. Unfortunately, accessing these benefits can sometimes be a long and complex process.
Restaurants, cafes, clubs, hotels and events are all part of the hospitality sector, an industry full of hazards for both workers and customers. Sharp objects, open flames and large, congested crowds are common features of these places, capable of causing serious injury.
Both workers and customers injured in a hospitality venue or workplace may be eligible to claim compensation to cover medical costs, lost earnings and loss and suffering. There are different processes for making a claim, depending on whether the claimant is a worker or a guest. We’ll explain hospitality compensation processes and issues below for workers, guests and businesses.
Labour hire companies are emerging as a dominant force in the Australian labour market, with many businesses displacing their directly employed and permanent staff with hire-in personnel.
Businesses benefit from the reduced risk and responsibility to offer continued work for employees. However, many labour hire workers are left wondering what their rights are, particularly if they sustain a work-related injury. The good news is that labour hire workers still have rights in these circumstances and are just as entitled to compensation as other workers.
Despite everyone’s best efforts, workplace disputes and conflicts between employees and employers can be impossible to avoid. Aside from causing a lot of stress, disputes can have serious legal and financial consequences for both parties.
Disputes can arise from a number of situations, including conflicts over terms and conditions of employment, workers’ compensation, unfair dismissal, discrimination and harassment. If you are an employee thinking about taking action against your employer over a workplace dispute, it is crucial that you get legal advice.
The majority of personal injury claims are resolved through settlement. But how do you know when to accept an injury claim settlement offer? While it’s a bit more straightforward to determine an appropriate amount of compensation to cover medical expenses and wages, things get more complex when you’re trying to put a monetary value on loss and suffering
For many claimants, an appropriate settlement offer is a matter of opinion. In some cases, they rightfully believe their claim is worth more than is being offered and, other times, they believe it’s worth more than it actually is.
Dog attacks can be frightening experiences that often lead to serious physical or psychological injuries. If you have suffered a dog bite or injury, it’s essential you receive appropriate medical treatment immediately after the attack.
In some cases, the owner of the attacking dog can be held liable. The kind of compensation owed to the victim and whether the owner is fined or prosecuted for an offence depends on the circumstances of the attack.
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.
“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.
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.
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.