HAVE YOU BEEN
INJURED AT WORK?
Let us get you the compensation you deserve
If you’ve suffered an injury or trauma while at work, you may be able to claim workers’ compensation, obtain a lump sum payment, sue for damages or claim against your income protection insurance and superannuation.
A workplace injury can be more than physical harm or trauma. It includes any disease, bullying or other psychological damage that’s linked to your job or your workplace. Even pre-existing injuries or illnesses that are aggravated by your job may count as a work-related injury.
Here are some of the most common workplace injuries:
- Back and neck injuries
- Shoulder and hand injuries
- Bone Breaks and Fractures
- Construction site injuries
- Fire or chemical burns
- Anxiety, depression or other mental health issues
- Bullying and psychological abuse at work
- Loss of hearing from noise exposure at work
- Farm injuries
- Exposure to hazardous materials (i.e. chemicals, asbestos, silica)
- Melanoma and other cancers
- Asthma and respiratory disease
- Stroke, or heart disease worsened by employment
What compensation will cover
If you are a full-time or part-time worker in Victoria, it is compulsory for your employer to have WorkCover insurance for you. In certain circumstances, subcontractors may also be counted as workers. WorkCover will cover costs such as:
- Weekly payment of compensation
- Payment of medical treatment and rehabilitation costs
- Modifications to your home or car
- Ambulance and other transportation costs
- Lump-sum compensation in the event of a serious injury
The workers’ compensation specialists at Carbone Lawyers will help you to submit and pursue your claim for compensation. If your WorkCover claim has been rejected, we can help you appeal the decision.
IMPORTANT: Never sign anything or accept any compensation offer until you’ve received proper legal advice. You may be entitled to a lot more than you’ve been offered. Don’t settle for less.
Legal action against your employer
Suppose your injury was the fault of your employer or another person and is considered “serious” as defined by the Victorian Workers’ compensation legislation. In that case, you might be able to sue for:
- Pain and suffering
- Future loss of earnings and loss of earning capacity
- Loss of superannuation contributions
We will advise you on the likely success of a lawsuit once we understand your circumstances.
If you have an income protection policy as part of your superannuation and you’re forced to stop working due to injury, you may be able to claim against the policy. In some circumstances, you might be entitled to a superannuation lump sum.