Workers’ Compensation Claims Brisbane – No Win No Fee WorkCover Lawyers

Workplace Injury Claims with WorkCover QLD

vbr – WorkCover Lawyers are experts in all work injury and workers compensation claims.

We offer no obligation initial advice to our clients regarding all work injury and workers compensation claims in Brisbane, Queensland. Our advice is confidential and can be provided over the phone, at your home, at our office and we also offer hospital visits if the matter is urgent.

Unlike all of our competitors, our highly competitive and client friendly fee structure and hourly rates are published on our website which is part of our client care model.

We offer our clients a 30% fee cap on professional costs and unlike most of our competitors we do not charge any uplift fees on our professional costs from acting on a “No Win – No Fee” basis. We are only paid a reasonable fee at the end of your work accident injury claim and only if your WorkCover claim is successful.

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    If you have been injured at work and need legal advice, we would be delighted to assist if possible. Its always a good idea to know your rights and options and to know where you stand. The first step involves contacting one of our experienced WorkCover lawyers by phone or via email so we can discuss what happen and we will answer your questions and provide you with preliminary advice at no costs and at no obligation to you. We also offer home and hospital visits if required.

    Once we have discussed the matter with you and when we have enough information to provide you with our preliminary advice, we will then advise you on all aspects of your potential claim including advice regarding your prospects of success and the economic viability of the claim. We will also advise you how long it is likely to take for the claim to proceed and settle together with reliable and realistic estimates of fees and your likely “in-hand” outcome. We provide all of this advice prior to the claim commencing which is when we would provide you with our Client Agreement or proposal if we consider your proposed claim has reasonable prospects of success and is economically viable to proceed.

    If but only if our written advice and Client Agreement or proposal is acceptable to you, you can then retain us to act on your behalf and on a “no win- no fee” basis. Our “no win- no fee” offer simply means that if your claim is unsuccessful you will not need to pay us anything.

    If we have offered to take on your case and on a “no win – no fee” basis, we will then prepare the necessary claim forms or legal documents or court documents to start your claim. Careful and thorough preparation of every claim is essential to achieve the best result. We prepare our client’s claims in the most time and cost effective way possible. Our focus is on resolving matters at the earliest opportunity while trying to keep the legal costs as low as possible. This is our main objective in every case.

    Once we have collected all of the factual and medical evidence needed to commence your claim, the claim is then submitted to the appropriate Respondent or Defendant or Insurance Company and we then deal with the relevant parties or their legal representatives and move the case towards a settlement conference or mediation.

    Once we have been retained and started your claim, it usually takes in the order of six (6) to twelve (12) months for a settlement conference or mediation to take place. This is a very good opportunity to resolve your claim although not all claims resolve at the first opportunity of settlement conference/mediation. In some cases, court proceedings are necessary but even in those cases there is usually a mediation prior to trial and there is a very high prospects of your claim resolving either at the first settlement conference/mediation or a mediation prior to trial. In the cases that we pursue for our clients, at least 98-99% of all our client’s claims are capable of resolution prior to trial.

    Prior to attending any settlement conference or mediation, we will provide you with clear and transparent written advice regarding the likely settlement that we feel is achievable together with reliable estimates at to any and all refunds and legal costs together with a projection of your likely “in hand” figure from the proposed settlement sum and you will have this advice prior to or well before attending any settlement conference or mediation.

    Once your case has settled, it usually takes eight (8) to twelve (12) weeks from the date that your claim is settled before you’ll receive the settlement monies in your bank account. In some cases, the payment of the settlement monies to you can be earlier than eight (8) to twelve (12) weeks but this is the estimate we usually provide to all clients. We do all that we can to expedite the payment of settlement monies and once we have received the settlement monies in our Trust Account, we are able to transfer the balance of the settlement monies into your bank account promptly and usually within twenty-four (24) hours of receiving cleared settlement monies in our Trust Account when we have been authorised to disburse the monies to you. We are only paid for the work that we have done at the conclusion of your claim and only if it is successful.

    If you have been injured at work, you are entitled to receive workcover compensation. This can include your wages, medical treatment and rehabilitation costs, travel, pharmaceutical expenses for any type of injury including physical and psychological trauma. If your workplace injury has ongoing effects, you may also be entitled to receive a significant lump sum compensation payment even if you return to work.
    You will probably only have one chance to secure compensation for your work related injury so it is important that you are fully aware of your rights and workcover claim options and we can assist you in this regard.

    For a confidential and obligation free initial WorkCover Claim advice, contact Greg or John

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    If you have been injured at work you are entitled to lodge a workers’ compensation claim. You can lodge the claim with WorkCover Queensland by phone, online, with your treating GP or with your employer. You must lodge the claim with WorkCover within 6 months of the date of the work event or work injury. If your injury has occurred over a period of time, you need to lodge the claim with WorkCover within 6 months of your first visit to a medical practitioner regarding the injury.

    If you have already lodged your claim with WorkCover Queensland, a decision to accept or reject your claim must be made within 2 weeks.

    If your WorkCover claim has been accepted, you are entitled to receive:-

    • Weekly benefits or replacement wages;
    • Medical Expenses including surgery;
    • Rehabilitation;
    • Travel;
    • Pharmaceutical

    Your WorkCover claim is a no fault type of claim. You do not need to prove legal fault for the claim to be accepted. Your WorkCover claim will continue until WorkCover is satisfied that you are fit to return to work or when your injuries have reached maximum medical improvement. If you have suffered a permanent injury, you are entitled to receive a lump sum payment of compensation.

    It is extremely important that you seek legal advice from an experienced personal injury lawyer when you receive an offer of lump sum compensation from WorkCover. If you receive a Notice of Assessment from WorkCover with an offer of lump sum compensation, this can open the gate for you to access common law damages. For most injured workers, if you accept the offer of lump sum compensation, this will destroy your right to pursue or make a common law claim for damages. This is why it is extremely important for you to seek legal advice immediately if you receive a Notice of Assessment from WorkCover. At vbr Lawyers, we are happy to provide you with some preliminary legal advice at no obligation whatsoever and from the very start of your WorkCover claim so that you know your rights and options.

    If you are injured during the course of your employment or injured travelling to or from work, your injury or injuries should be accepted by the workers compensation insurer such as WorkCover Queensland. Some employers but not many are self-insured and the law applies exactly the same to self-insurers as it does to WorkCover Queensland.

    No injuries or diseases are excluded from being accepted by your workers’ compensation insurer.

    Some of the work related injuries that we have experience and expertise in acting for injured people include:-

      • Traumatic Brain Injuries;
      • Head Injuries;
      • Hearing Loss or Industrial Deafness Claims;
      • Eye Injuries;
      • Facial Injuries;
      • All upper Limb Injuries;
      • All lower Limb Injuries;
      • Work Related Dust Diseases Injury Claims such as asbestos related lung diseases such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, asbestos related lung cancer, asbestos related kidney and oesophageal cancer, work related silicosis including progressive massive fibrosis, accelerated silicosis, simple silicosis and silicosis related rheumatoid arthritis, polyarthritis;
      • Fatal Injury or Dependency Claims for family members of a deceased worker

    Seek urgent legal advice. There are strict time limits which apply to lodging an appeal or review against a decision by WorkCover to reject your claim. You have 3 months from the date of receiving the decision from WorkCover to lodge the appeal with the Workers Compensation Regulator. We are happy to consider your claim and the reasons why WorkCover have rejected your claim. We have successfully appealed a significant number of decisions by WorkCover to reject claims. Our initial advice is at no upfront cost and at no obligation. If we consider an appeal against WorkCover’s decision has reasonable prospects of success, we will advise you accordingly and you can retain us to run the appeal on your behalf.

    WorkCover Queensland is the major workers compensation insurer in Queensland. If you have been injured at work, the workers compensation insurer is likely to be WorkCover Queensland. For your ease of reference, here are the links and contact details for WorkCover Queensland:-

    www.worksafe.qld.gov.au
    Ph: 1300 362 128

    WorkCover Queensland can assist you by accepting your claim, paying your medical expenses and replacement wages while you are recovering from a workplace injury.

    While most employers are not self-insured, some are, including:-

    • Qantas
    • Aged Care Employers Self Insurance Group [RSL Care]
    • Woolworths
    • Queensland Rail Ltd
    • Myer
    • Arnotts
    • Wilmar Sugar
    • Arrium Ltd
    • Townsville City Council
    • Aurizon
    • Toll
    • ANZ
    • University of Queensland
    • BHP
    • Teys
    • BCC
    • Redlands City Council
    • CSR
    • Local Government WorkCare
    • Coles
    • Jupiters Casino
    • Gold Coast City Counil
    • Glencore [Mount Isa Mines]

    If you have been injured at work with any of these self-insurer employers, the same law and same claims process applies as if you claim was lodged with WorkCover Queensland, only your claim needs to be lodged with your employer rather than WorkCover Queensland.

    Firstly, it may well be that you are still covered by WorkCover. Persons who are described as “contractors” often turn out after further legal analysis to be covered by WorkCover. It is a matter of getting an experienced lawyer to review the situation carefully, which we at vbr lawyers will do for you at no obligation as part of our initial advice.

    If you truly fall outside the WorkCover scheme, then as long as your injury has been caused by negligence or a breach of duty owed to you by someone (eg, the principal contractor or developer of a building site who causes or allows a safety risk to arise), you will be entitled to valuable compensation via a common law claim – see our content about Public Liability claims for information about this process.

    A common law claim for damages is designed to put you in the same or very similar financial position you would have been in had the work accident or injury never occurred.

    A common law claim should provide you with a financial buffer or nest egg that the WorkCover claim will not provide.

    To be able to bring a common law claim for damages, your WorkCover claim needs to be accepted and you need to be able to prove negligence or legal fault to recover any damages or compensation.

    We can assist you by considering the facts and circumstances giving rise to your work accident/injury and advise if your claim has reasonable prospects of success. We are experts in providing this very important advice.

    If your common law claim is successful, you can recover the following:-
    (a) Pain and Suffering;
    (b) Loss of Wages or Income;
    (c) Future Loss of Wages or Income;
    (d) Past and Future Loss of Superannuation Benefits;
    (e) Out of Pocket Expenses;
    (f) Past and Future Medical Treatment Costs;
    (g) In some cases, a healthy contribution towards your legal costs which at vbr Lawyers will equate to at least 50% of your total legal bill being paid by the insurer.

    The claim process involves the preparation of a Notice of Claim for Damages. We prepare this document for you. It is a comprehensive document that explains how the accident occurred, why your employer breached their duty of care and each and every component or head of damage. After the claim has been prepared and lodged with WorkCover, there is a period of six months for medical examinations, disclosure of discovery of documents by both sides regarding the claim and then the convening of a settlement conference.

    The claims process has proven highly effective for early resolution of claims, particularly if you are represented by a high quality personal injury law expert. It is highly likely that your claim will settle out of court. Approximately 99% of all of our past cases have resolved or settled without needing to go to court or conduct a trial. Your claim will be subject to a mandatory “pre-court” process that is designed to try and resolve claims before court proceedings are necessary. This process is commenced by delivering a claim form to the negligent or responsible party, followed by the provision of medical evidence in support of the claim and, once your injuries are stable enough, an assessment of damages and offer to settle. We will handle this entire process. Once that is completed the parties and their legal representatives are required to attend a settlement conference to see if an agreement can be reached. Only if that conference is unsuccessful in resolving the matter can a court claim be commenced.

    The commencement of a claim in court does not mean that the matter will proceed to a hearing in front of a judge. There may be many more opportunities to negotiate a settlement before that occurs. We will guide you through the court process and ensure your matter is resolved at the earliest opportunity.

    Based on our collective 45 year experience in running and resolving this type of claim it usually takes 6 to 18 months for your claim to resolve from the date your WorkCover statutory benefits cease.

    We will explain the likely legal fees upfront and from day one. We provide industry leading transparency regarding our fee structure and fee policy.

    No matter what happens or at what stage your case settles, the professional costs will not under any circumstances exceed 30% of the value of the claim.

    Example
    If your case settles for $100,000.00 clear of any and all statutory refunds and legal disbursements/expenses, we will not charge more than $30,000.00 for professional costs.
    Even if we had incurred say $50,000.00 worth of professional costs to achieve the settlement and to win the case, your bill for our professional costs will not exceed $30,000.00.
    Using the same example, if we incurred only $15,000.00 worth of professional costs to achieve the settlement, you would of course be charged $15,000.00, not $30,000.00.
    We are confident you will find our fees and charges to be extremely reasonable.

    Yes. We offer our services to our clients on a “No Win – No Fee” basis.

    At vbr Lawyers, our No Win – No fee policy is this:-
    (a) You will only ever pay legal fees for the work we do at the end of your claim and if and only if you win;
    (b) We will fund and run the case for you and the legal costs will come out of your settlement monies which are paid by the insurer;
    (c) In the very, very unlikely event that your claim goes to court and in the even more unlikely event that a trial is required and you lose, you would still pay us nothing but you are likely to be ordered by the court to pay the other side’s legal costs.

    If your work related injury results in level of permanent impairment less than a 20% whole person impairment, you make an irrevocable election between accepting the lump sum offer of compensation or pursuing a common law claim for damages. If your work related impairment or WRI is equal to or greater than 20% then you have a certificate injury. The assessment of permanent impairment is undertaken by a medical practitioner, usually a medical specialist at the cost of WorkCover or the insurer and they perform what is known as a GEPI assessment. If you are dissatisfied with the GEPI assessment and work related impairment in the Notice of Assessment, you can request a fresh medical assessment with another medical specialist at no cost to you or you can request the Medical Assessment Tribunal to determine the level of whole person impairment.

    If you are financially dependent on a parent or spouse who has died in work related accident, you will be entitled to lodge a claim for dependency which is also known as a fatal injury claim. You do not need to prove legal fault to be entitled to receive lump sum compensation as well as the payment of funeral expenses. When the death has been caused due to the employer’s negligence you and others who were also financially dependent and/or also relied on services provided by the deceased person will also be entitled to pursue a damages claim or a common law claim for damages which can provide for additional or further compensation than what is provided for by WorkCover Queensland or the insurer. There is a three year time limit which applies to the commencement of court proceedings from the date of death unless the death is caused by a dust disease. We strongly recommend that you seek legal advice in the event of a work related death of a parent, spouse or partner.

    While all cases vary in terms of quantum [or the full value of the claim] for a range of reasons including the age of the injured person, their wage or earnings history, nature and severity of the injury with more severe injuries resulting in larger awards of damages, the statistics published by the Workers’ Compensation Regulator has demonstrated that over the past several years, the average common law damages payout for work injury claims is approximately or about $150,000.00 with some cases achieving less and some achieving much higher outcomes.

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    Karen Lilley (Tilly)
    04:11 12 Mar 21
    Nice secure office & friendly staff.
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    Jaons Vi
    05:30 20 Jan 21
    I’m very pleased with the vbr team on the Gold Coast. Beth and her team did an excellent job getting all my insurances... sorted out for me. Fast and prompt and professional service from start to finish.Would definitely recommend them to anyone who needs help with a workplace injury or TPD.Thank you very muchread more
    Brad Alexander
    Brad Alexander
    11:25 25 Nov 20
    Greg, Emma and the team did a fantastic job, very professional & thorough. They were happy to explain each stage of the... process and break down the jargon. I would highly recommend the team at VBR Lawyers.read more
    Caroline Neves da costa
    Caroline Neves da costa
    12:55 08 Oct 20
    I can not recommend Beth and the rest of the team at VBR Lawyers enough. They showed authentic care for me and made me... feel comfortable at all times.read more
    adam thomas
    adam thomas
    19:52 03 Sep 20
    Very professional team went above and beyond would highly recommend them to anyone who needs an injury lawyer!!!
    William Crick
    William Crick
    12:32 08 Jul 20
    I highly recommend Greg and the team from vbr lawyers, for the great professional and personal service, they went above... and beyond all expectationsWill definitely use them the next time they’re neededread more
    Cath Beavis
    Cath Beavis
    23:13 16 Jun 20
    A very smooth process - a big thank you to Zach, Beth and the team. Very professional service and I would highly... recommend vbr lawyersread more
    William priest
    William priest
    04:50 29 May 20
    You will not find a more professional ,caring and supportive law firm anywhere. Many thanks to Greg , Ray and the team... at VBR law for everything you have done. I cannot thank you enough for your support.read more
    Kate Barrell
    Kate Barrell
    23:42 19 Mar 20
    I can’t speak highly enough of Zach and the team at VBR. They took on my case after another law firm stuffed it up, and... I had been turned away by other firms as a result. They were professional, caring and supportive throughout, keeping me up to date the entire journey. They achieved a result that far exceeded our expectations. These guys care about what is ‘right’. They put their heart and soul into it for me. Completely grateful to have them on my side. .I thoroughly recommend them.read more
    Michael Amadio
    Michael Amadio
    06:29 14 Nov 19
    Greg and Ray were very professional and thorough with handling of my claim. Staff, Eleanor and Caitlin, were very... helpful with handling and redirecting my queries both over the phone and via email. Highly recommended.read more
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