If you suffer an injury at work, then you have an immediate right to make a WorkCover claim.
Depending on the circumstances of the incident, you could then look at also pursuing a potential common law claim once your statutory claim has finished.
It is important that anyone who has been involved in an incident at work, which is the subject to a WorkCover claim, obtain proper legal advice as to their rights. We offer a service on a No Win-No Fee basis and all initial inquiries are completely free. This enables you to understand what your rights are, and be in a position to be on your front foot in relation to your claim.
In relation to WorkCover matters, it is often the case that a number of documents and records need to be obtained prior to the claim commencing. It is important to engage a lawyer as early as you can, so as to ensure that you are in the best position to make an informed decision and receive proper advice at the appropriate time, as well as be well-informed as to what your options are.
If you engage a lawyer late in a matter, it is sometimes difficult for them to get up to speed in relation to the accident circumstances. It is always good to engage a lawyer as close to the even as possible so that, if necessary, investigations need to take place – this can be done whilst the matter still fresh in peoples’ minds.
Usually after an event, the employer may take steps to correct defective work systems they have in place. It is therefore easier to prove that there was negligence or fault on behalf of the employer once you engage a lawyer at an appropriate time, and that they can then obtain instructions so that your rights are fully protected.
Engaging a lawyer is done quite regularly by numerous people who suffer work-related accidents. Most of the claims which are pursued by injured workers are done so by lawyers because they have the expertise and ability to navigate the provisions of the WorkCover legislation and protect clients’ interests.
Although there are fees that are payable to a lawyer, the overall benefit to the client will greatly exceed any fees which need to be paid.
By failing to engage a lawyer, you may save the costs of legal fees, but you may find that the amount of your claim is substantially reduced, and even allowing for the fees to be taken into account, you will end up in a far better position once you have expert advice.
If you have any questions or queries in relation to this or any other matter, please do not hesitate to contact this office.