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Have you been injured at work?
If you have been injured at work or are suffering from a work-related illness, it is very easy to feel powerless, vulnerable and out of your depth. When it comes to sorting out the legal side of things, though, you should not feel like you need to go it alone… that’s where we come in.
If you have been injured at work, no matter how big or small, you may be eligible to make a claim for workers’ compensation.
At Tindall Gask Bentley (TGB), we work hard to fight in your corner and protect your rights. Our expert team of experienced workers’ compensation lawyers are always on-hand to guide you through the workers’ compensation claim process from beginning to end, helping you take back control over your work and personal life.
Because the laws which govern workers’ compensation differ in the various States and Territories throughout Australia, it is important that you contact lawyers with significant experience in your State, so that your case can move forward quickly.
We are a leading law firm which specialises in personal injury and workers’ compensation in South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Contact us today to talk to us about your work injury. We can then manage your claim while you focus on your recovery.
How we can help you.
Experts with more than 50 years’ experience
We’ve been helping injured people for more than 50 years. When you engage TGB to help you with your workers’ compensation claim, you are in safe hands. TGB is a national leader in workers’ compensation, with experienced specialist teams in Western Australia and the Northern Territory, and the largest team in this area in South Australia. Our depth of expertise in this area means you can concentrate on your recovery while we manage your claim. Our expert and caring lawyers will be there for you when you need us.
First interview free
Not sure if you are entitled to workers’ compensation arising from your injury at work, or work-related illness? Contact us today for an obligation-free chat! We offer a free initial interview, so you have nothing to lose. Usually, after a few simple questions, our workers’ compensation team will be able to tell you if you are eligible for compensation.
No win, no fee*
We understand that everyone’s financial circumstances are different. And often, after an injury at work or work-related illness, people can be under increased financial stress due to the inability to work, medical expenses and more. That is why, at TGB Lawyers, we don’t charge you for our legal fees until after your claim has been finalised. And if you don’t win? We don’t charge. It is as simple as that.
Recovery of legal expenses
In some circumstances, legal costs can be recovered from the insurer or the employer. We always try to recover as much of your legal costs as possible.
Focus on YOU
At TGB, our clients are at the centre of everything we do. We value building genuine relationships with the people we help. Compassionate, caring, cost-effective solutions and advice when you need it most.
Government employee specialist
Although we are experienced in workers’ compensation claims across all employer categories, we specialise in helping State Government and Commonwealth Government employees with their workers’ compensation claims. Our Comcare Claims team of expert lawyers can assist- with your injury or illness obtained at work if you are an injured Commonwealth employee.
Book your first FREE interview with us here. Or, you can call us on (08) 8212 1077 (South Australia), (08) 9211 5800 (Western Australia), (08) 8941 7814 (Northern Territory) or (07) 3373 0200 (Queensland).
Under what circumstances can I make a workers’ compensation claim?
If you are injured at work or have suffered an illness that is related to your work, you may be entitled to compensation.
It is not necessary to prove that someone else was at fault. You do not need to establish negligence to have a claim. The consideration is more about whether your work duties have contributed to your injury.
Do time limits apply to workers’ compensation claims?
Yes! If you are injured at work, or become ill as a result of your work, you should let your employer know immediately. Strict time limits apply to workers’ compensation claims – in most jurisdictions a claim must be made within 6 months of the injury or onset of illness.
How do I make a Workers Compensation claim?
Here are the initial steps to take if you are injured or become ill while at work:
- Notify your employer
- Visit your doctor for a medical assessment – and obtain a medical certificate (which will need to be submitted with your claim form)
- Obtain a claim form from the relevant WorkCover authority in your State or Territory
- Complete and submit your claim form.
- Contacting a lawyer who is an expert in workers compensation claims in your State or Territory will give you the best possible chance of receiving the maximum compensation available to you.
How would TGB Lawyers help?
If you have a claim then we will handle negotiations with your employer, and the third party (if one is involved) or their insurance companies. We will get medical reports from doctors relating to your injury or illness and have your capacity to work assessed. Throughout your claim we will liaise with you, your employer, the third party and the doctors to gather enough information to accurately assess your compensation claim.
What am I entitled to claim for?
There are several categories of payments you may be entitled to when making a workers’ compensation claim:
- Weekly income payments. You may be entitled to weekly payments of workers’ compensation if you are unable to perform any of the tasks that you normally perform at work or if you are able to do some of these duties but your employer cannot find alternative work for you to do. These payments will be similar to what you were earning prior to your injury. Also, if you are unable to perform your usual role, or need to reduce your working hours as a result of your injury, you are likely to be entitled to top-up payments from the insurer or employer as well.
- Medical and rehabilitation expenses. You are entitled to have your reasonable medical and rehabilitation expenses paid for. This includes and medical expenses directly related to your injury such as medical tests, surgeries, doctor consultations, x-rays, physio treatments, psychological expenses, surgery etc. It also includes medical-related costs such a travel and accommodation and any therapeutic aids you might need for your recovery.
- Lump sum payments for permanent physical injuries. If your injuries leave you with a permanent physical disability it may also be possible to negotiate a lump sum compensation payment. This could be a considerable payment, depending on the extent of your injury/ies. It is usually only paid once, so it is important to seek advice in relation to this payment to ensure you maximise your entitlements. We will discuss these entitlements with you.
How long will my claim take?
It is hard to estimate a timeline for finalising workers’ compensation claims, as every work-related injury or illness is different!
The time taken for your workers’ compensation claim to be finalised depends on how long it takes for your injuries to stabilise and for you and your employer (and your employer’s insurance company) to agree on a figure of compensation.
The time taken to finalise a claim against a third party will depend on how long it takes you to recover from your injuries. Your claim cannot be finalised until you have fully recovered or you have recovered as well as can be expected (in the opinion of your doctors). Once your claim has been finalised it can’t be changed, so it is important that your claim not be resolved until we are fully informed about what future problems you may have.
When should I seek legal advice?
Seeking legal advice can usually help you to get the maximum possible amount for your claim, and can often help your claim to be processed faster.
Just some of the reasons you should seek legal advice include:
- you are concerned about the workers’ compensation payments that you are (or are not) receiving,
- you are concerned about the work duties that you are being asked to perform while you are incapacitated,
- you think the weekly payments you are receiving are lower than your usual wage,
- your claim has been denied,
- medical costs you are incurring are not being paid,
- you need assistance with making and receiving a permanent impairment payment,
- suitable duties are not being provided to you at work,
- you are not receiving rehabilitation help.
Really, if you are concerned about any aspect of your claim, an experienced workers compensation lawyer can help you.
Can I make a claim against a third party for a work-related injury?
In some circumstances, an individual may be entitled to a third party claim and may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering. This is usually the case where someone other than your employer has contributed to your injury or illness. These claims can be quite complex and there are very strict time limits that apply to these claims, so if this describes your circumstances, you should seek legal advice as soon as possible.