It is but normal to expect for your workplace environment to be safe and in turn, it is the employer’s responsibility to make sure that the workplace is free of any dangers and hazards. However, it is a sad fact that accidents do happen and that workers do get injured in their own workplace or while doing their duties. So, if you have been the victim of a work related injury you should know that you have a legal right to file for compensation and the best people to give you advice on those rights and ensure they are upheld are Compensation Lawyers Brisbane that specialize in workers compensation.
All employers across Australia are required by law to have workers compensation insurance; this not only protects the company against large compensation claims but also enables them to provide for their employees. This insurance cover should provide for;
- Medical expenses
- Pain and Suffering
- Loss of income
- All and any bodily injuries
Injuries in the workplace will vary in their nature and severity. Fortunately, most injuries are minor and require little attention, but some can be quite serious leaving the victim with a critical injury, a permanent impairment and in extreme cases being fatally injured. Some of the more common types of injury are;
- A slip or fall
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Diseases from exposure to harmful chemicals or substances (asbestos)
- Injuries caused by faulty machinery or equipment
Specialist compensation lawyers can handle your workers compensation claim and you don’t even have to prove that the injury was caused by negligence on the part of your employer or a third party to be able to make a claim. They have the knowledge about today’s modern procedures and are up to date on the latest legislations that can help you receive the benefits and the maximum compensation awards possible, all of which are done as quickly as possible. These lawyers understand that if you cannot go to work then you cannot earn and support your family. Be aware though that your employer or your employer’s insurance company may have your claim dismissed if you are found to have been;
- Conducting yourself in a manner that is in direct violation of company regulations or State and/or Government laws.
- Involved in the act of committing a crime.
- Were under the influence of alcohol or any illegal substance.
- Dishonesty or Deception.
Remember you should never sign or agree to any compensation offers made by the company insurers regarding your claim. Speak to a lawyer before agreeing to anything so they can make sure that your claim is filed correctly and that any award is fair and just. It is in your best interest to not take any insurers word for it or accept any offer of settlement from them. Insurers will usually place their own profits first, then the company they’re representing and lastly you. Compensation claims are also governed by time limits and recovering from an injury at work can distract a worker especially with a serious injury. So it’s always advisable to seek legal help as soon as you can and not run the risk of losing out because of bad timing. You will no doubt have other things on your mind like paying the mortgage or rent plus your utility bills, be smart and let your professional lawyer take the strain.