Making a workers compensation claim might be important for your long term health and benefit, but at the time it can also be stressful and confusing. Knowing the facts, your rights and what to do next is the first step in resolving a difficult situation.
Below are few things to keep in mind when thinking about making a workers compensation claim:
1. Giving an accurate and detailed account to your GP is crucial
When you see your GP for treatment of your injuries, they will record a history of the incident and details of your injuries.
In a workers compensation claim, this record is likely to be checked by the insurer as to the nature or cause of your injuries, so it is important this it is as accurate and detailed as possible.
If you need time off work because of your injuries, you should ask your doctor to complete a WorkCover certificate.
2. Be careful about signing statements
A signed statement is a powerful piece of evidence in any compensation law claim. If you are asked to provide a statement to a WorkCover investigator, it is always best to read it, check it is correct and obtain advice from a compensation lawyer before signing it.
3. Know your rights and remember that your employer is insured for these incidents
Your employer is required to obtain insurance for the kinds of circumstances in which you find yourself. NSW workers compensation law provides a no-fault scheme and this means your employer does not have to pay for your expenses. A claim does not lay blame; it simply ensures that you have the time and resources to recover from your injuries sufficiently to get back to work.
It is illegal for an employer to discriminate against an employee because they have made a work-related claim. If you have been injured at work, you are entitled to make a claim without any cause for anxiety or other detriment to you.
If you have sustained injuries in a work-related incident, speaking to a compensation lawyer can be an important step forward towards recovery and successful resolution.
Our compensation lawyers can provide practical solutions and exceptional results in relation to your compensation claim, on a No Win, No Fee basis. Call 1300 773 529 or email a compensation lawyer at email@example.com. We can then arrange an initial telephone conference to discuss.
Matthews Folbigg has over 50 years’ experience protecting personal injury and compensation rights of people living in Parramatta and the Hills.