If you have been injured in a work-related accident, in Queensland or elsewhere, you may be entitled to compensation. This could be an injury at work, a disease or condition which is aggravated or contributed to by work, an accident on your way to or from work, or a psychological injury.
We can advise you in detail about your right to claim and your prospects of success.
All employers in Australia must hold workers’ compensation insurance or be licensed as a self-insurer. A claim is also possible if you are in a labour-hire arrangement.
Your claim will be handled by the insurer, with some involvement by the employer. It is the insurer who will pay any damages.
In Queensland, there are two separate stages to a workers’ compensation claim – the statutory claim phase and the common law claim for damages. Disputes regularly arise with the insurer during the statutory phase, particularly if an application for compensation is not accepted or a claim is closed prematurely. MurphySchmidt can assist with both stages of the claim.
You may be offered a lump sum payment at the conclusion of the statutory claim. If you accept this offer, you may affect your right to pursue a common law claim. It is vital you consult a lawyer before you accept any offer. Different rules apply in other states and overseas – we can advise you about that.
We can also assist you if you have a Comcare claim.