Fighting to get an injury claim settlement along with all your entitlements

fall workplace accidentSometimes when we suffer an injury we can be more vulnerable than normal. The last thing we feel like doing is reporting the incident, filling out claim paperwork and making phone calls explaining how the injury occurred and why we should receive compensation. One important thing to remember is that you don’t have to go it alone and feel the stress on top of the pain and discomfort of your injury. Dealing with the aftermath of an accident or injury can be quite overwhelming.

To make things a bit easier, you or a relative can call an independent helpline who will provide free information, send out forms and arrange free legal advice if required. Call 1800 006 766 for free support today. One call may help you in many ways and you can get all your questions answered.

It is really important to write down everything you can remember about the events leading up to your injury. If there has been negligence from any party then that negligence must be clearly proven in order to receive injury compensation under common law.

It’s all too easy to forget things and so keeping all the details written down early on as over time it can be easy to forget. Gathering as much as you can like photos, statements and other written information will help support your claim.

It is not your job to prove negligence as that is the job of a lawyer. However, if you can gather as much information as you can to support your claim this will help you a great deal and will help the lawyer too.

Never assume an accident is your fault or partly your fault you might be completely wrong. Sometimes there are things occurring behind the scenes that you do not know about like a previous similar incident caused by the same reasons. It is the job of an employer to make sure injuries are prevented wherever possible. If your injury could have been prevented in any way, someone was likely to be negligent.

Negligence is an area of the law that is very complex and a lawyer will ask all the right questions to find out if your injury could have been prevented in any way. If an injury was preventable then you may be entitled to a common law injury compensation claim. This is a separate claim oufall workplace accidenttside of statutory work compensation entitlements and may be worth much more to you. Strict time limits do apply so contacting a work compensation helpline sooner rather than later is recommended.

Get the advice you need today call 1800 006 766 for free advice today.

What to do if WorkCover cuts off your work compensation

Copy of work comp home slider 950x270If you have been receiving WorkCover benefits for a work related injury then your injury may be serious or permanent.

When an injury happens at work your employer fills out the necessary paperwork to the work compensation insurer I.e. WorkCover. Work cover will assign an officer to you and monitor your progress. Their priority is to support your rehabilitation and get you back to work.

In the cases of serious injuries it can take time to settle. When an injury has settled it means it is unlikely to get any better or any worse. At this point WorkCover will send you to s doctor to have the permanent injury measured. The doctor will make a recommendation as to what they believe the level of impairment is. They suggest this by way of percentage I.e. The left leg is impaired by 15%. Once the doctor’s report is received they may cut off your Work Cover payments. You may be offered a lump sum payment based on the level of impairment and you might think it’s a good deal. At this point it is vital you get the right advice from a work compensation helpline who can talk you through some legal options. Call: 1800 006 766 for free advice today.

In some States and Territories you may have to request or arrange a medical legal assessment yourself and if you do have a permanent impairment you really should get legal advice regarding your entitlements and the appropriate procedures to make sure your receive an appropriate lump sum payout.

You may either accept the offer of a lump sum payment or you can proceed to common law for a lump sum payment that could be worth much more to you. You will need to reject the offer to proceed with a common law work compensation claim.

If you reject the offer, the upside is you will most likely get a much better payout. The downside is your WorkCover benefits (or other work compensation benefits) are cut off and you may have to take up CentreLink benefits until you are awarded you’d claim for work injury compensation.

Always seem the advice of a work compensation helpline of a work cover lawyer before you accept or reject an offer of a lump sum payment. Accepting an offer may mean you sign away your rights to a further claim and it is extremely important you get advice at this stage. You may be signing away your right to a common law or negligence claim and this could be detrimental.

Always get the right advice so you can make the right decisions. You don’t have to understand the law but you need to understand how the law relates to your situation. Get the right work compensation advice today as strict time limits do apply. Call: 1800 006 766 for free advice today.