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What is a workplace related injury?

The types of injuries a worker can sustain as a result of their employment are wide and varied.

A worker can apply for compensation if their injury was sustained arising out of, or in the course of, their employment. Thus, to apply for compensation injuries sustained by the worker could be sustained either:

  • at work
  • travelling to or from work
  • visiting another work site or place for a matter relating to your employment
  • while on a lunch break or
  • because of their role

A worker may also apply for compensation in the event of a worker’s pre-existing condition being aggravated because of their work.

The examples below of workplace injuries are not intended to be an exhaustive list but rather a guide of some of the injuries that workers have been compensated for.

  • Physical injuries: muscular strains or sprains, fractured bones, cuts or burns.
  • Psychiatric or psychological disorders: stress, anxiety or depression.
  • Diseases: Q-fever or asbestos.
  • Aggravated pre-existing condition: an aggravation of a previous neck, shoulder and back injury or illness.
  • Death: of the worker. In this unfortunate circumstance, the appropriate family member can claim for compensation.

In the event of a workplace injury or illness, you should , as soon as possible:

  • Report this injury or illness to your employer.
  • Obtain a WorkCover medical certificate from your doctor.
  • Complete a WorkCover claim form or self-insurance claim form.

We recommend that you keep a copy of any correspondence and documentation.

Time limitations

There are strict time limits that do apply in relation to the compensation process. If you do not submit the required documentation by the set deadlines you may be denied your application for compensation.

East Coast Injury Lawyers offers a no obligation, free initial consultation for anyone wishing to make an enquiry. In this initial consultation, we will advise you with regard to the time limits that are applicable to your circumstance, the likelihood of your application being successful and what steps need to be taken . We are able to do this in an expeditious and professional manner as we have accredited personal injury law specialists on staff. Contact East Coast Injury Lawyers now to ensure that your rights are protected.

How to Lodge a Work Injury Compensation Claim

If your role fits the definition of a worker, as outlined in section 11 of the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 (Qld), and have sustained an injury or illness as a result of your employment, you may need to lodge a work injury compensation claim with WorkCover Queensland.

We recommend that you document any correspondence, including phone calls or text messages, to your employer or fellow employees in relation to your injury or illness.

To lodge a workplace injury compensation claim with WorkCover Queensland, you should:

Step 1: Notify your employer of your injury or illness. You should also take note of the date, time and manner in which you reported your injury or illness to your employer. We recommend that although you may have, for example, reported your injury to your employer via a phone call, we recommend that you fill out and submit to your employer an Incident Report form as soon as possible.

Step 2: Obtain a WorkCover medical certificate from a doctor as soon as possible. Before you arrive at your appointment be clear in your mind about how you will describe your symptoms and how you were injured.

Step 3: Complete a WorkCover claim form or self-insurance claim form.

Step 4: Submit this claim form to WorkCover Queensland. You can also fill out, online, a WorkCover claim form.

Step 5: WorkCover will contact you as soon as possible to discuss:

the details of your injury or illness; and

how WorkCover may assist with regard to the assessment of your injury or illness and the payment of some or all of your wages.