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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When Surgical Procedures Go Wrong – Medical Negligence Claims

Medical malpractice is deemed to have occurred when treatment from a medical professional falls below an acceptable standard in their duty of care. Unfortunately, accidents can happen during surgery; illnesses can be misdiagnosed and warning signs can be missed during consultation. When you have suffered harm as a direct result of medical negligence, proceeding with a legal claim can provide financial and emotional relief from the trauma.

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Common Reasons Why Plaintiffs Make Claims

Legal claims often result in financial compensation being awarded but this is not always the first priority of the plaintiff. Court cases are pursued for a variety of reasons, all of which demonstrate valid motivation to put in the work required to successfully win a legal battle. A few common reasons our clients make legal claims are listed below.

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Should I Accept an Out of Court Settlement?

There are a variety of ways to resolve a personal injury claim after an accident. Insurance could cover medical expenses or a case could go to trial, resulting in a verdict and monetary award. However the majority of cases are settled out of court (at or before compulsory conferences).

These settlements are often negotiated by personal injury lawyers from both sides. But this isn’t necessarily the quickest, cheapest or best option for the injured party. Accepting a settlement directly from the other party without consulting a lawyer can be especially risky.

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A Guide to Claiming Workplace Injuries

What Kind of Injuries Can I Apply for?

Workplace injuries can range from serious illness, injury or damage (including amputations, fractures and brain injuries) through to less severe injuries such as strains and sprains (e.g. repetitive strain injury).

Examples of injuries include:

  • Injuries suffered at work, as a result of work or during work activities
  • Diseases caused by work
  • Diseases or pre-existing conditions made worse by work
  • Injuries suffered while travelling for work
  • Injuries suffered while receiving medical treatment for a separate work injury

A work injury doesn’t have to be purely physical. Mental injuries such as those driven by stress, or leading to events such as a heart attack or worsening of a pre-existing condition can also be eligible for workplace injury compensation.

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Australia’s Biggest Compensation Payouts

While not all workplace compensation cases are front page news, certain shocking injuries have seen compensation payouts soaring into the millions.

While they may seem excessive, these payments are often awarded to compensate for horrific injuries which will last the rest of one’s natural life.

Here are some of Australia’s biggest compensation payouts.

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Beware of Wombat: Pet Bite Injuries – Can You Get Compensated?

 

Stories of someone’s pet suddenly biting or attacking someone are surprising but common.

While some people like to keep exotic pets such as snakes and spiders, bites from man’s best friends are by far the most common and the wounds caused by a bite can cause permanent personal injury, damage and scarring.

In some Australian states, the law regarding pet and dog attacks has become part of legislation, but this has not yet happened in Queensland. Instead, a common law claim applies in relation to personal injury law, following a bite injury.

If you are bitten by an animal, you should immediately seek medical attention. In addition to being potentially serious injuries, animal bites (even from ‘clean’, domesticated pets) can be susceptible to infection.

 

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