- December 14, 2018
- Posted by: Seymour Furlong
- Category: Workers’ Compensation
Have you been injured physically at work or have received a psychological/psychiatric injury as a result of your employment? Do these injuries affect your working capabilities significantly? Seymour Furlong Lawyers may be able to assist you with a WorkCover claim to compensate for your time off from work, as well as medical expenses that relate to your injury.
Based in Forest Lake, we
While most of the claims we handle are often physical injuries which may include (but are not limited to) lower back injuries from lifting, we also deal with bullying or any harassment claims that may have affected your ability to work there, as well as any daily activities at your employment.
WorkCover claims, also known as Worker’s Compensation Claims, have a requirement to be lodged within 6 months within the date of injury. If, however, the claim is not lodged within the 6 months, statutory period, it can still be lodged outside this time. However, details and particulars as to why it was not lodged within the earlier period needs to be provided.
If you are looking at lodging outside the period, it can still be accepted, however it is worthwhile getting legal advice so as to ensure your rights are protected.
There is also a limitation period which applies to WorkCover claims. You must issue court proceedings within 3 years of the date of the injury. This period can be extended in certain circumstances, and if you take steps to protect your rights, then you can still proceed with a claim and issue court proceedings if it is outside the 3 year period. Again, it is important to ensure you have legal advice so your rights are fully protected.
As soon as an injury occurs, or upon first knowledge of your injury, we recommend you report it straight-away to your employer and seek medical assistance as soon as possible. This effectively helps the process as your injury can be pinpointed to a specific day and time, and that a medical practitioner has given a diagnosis which therefore provides medical evidence.
If you are unsure as to whether you have a claim, you are more than welcome to contact us. The first consultation/initial claims assessment is free of charge, and our lawyers are happy to help you to the best of their ability.