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;
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.