If you have received an offer from WorkCover, we strongly recommend you get legal advice before accepting it.
If you have been in an accident at work in Cairns or anywhere else in Queensland, or whilst travelling to and from work, you are entitled to compensation in almost every case. WorkCover (the Queensland Government-owned insurer) provides insurance to almost every employer in Queensland. It is designed to provide compensation for workers, employees, contractors, and labour hire personnel in circumstances where they are injured at work, in connection with their work, or travelling to and from work in QLD.
Workers compensation QLD is generally broken into two categories, these being:
Statutory compensation is payable irrespective of whether the injured employee was at fault for the accident and covers things such as a percentage of your wages whilst you are off work receiving medical treatment or recovering and/or your treatment associated with an injury.
Lump sum or common law compensation is only payable by WorkCover in circumstances where it can be demonstrated that the employer, or one of the employer’s employees (other than the injured employee) caused or contributed to the incident which resulted in injury to the employee.
Like most areas of injury compensation law, there is a strict and complicated regime which dictates the manner in which a claim for workers compensation must be made. If you have been injured, or know of someone who has been injured at or travelling to and from work, we strongly recommend that you contact us for a no-obligation free initial claim assessment.
If you have been unable to work due to illness, disability, or an injury you may be entitled to claim compensation through your superannuation fund via a total and permanent disability (“TPD”) claim.
For more information please see our frequently asked questions below.
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