If you have been injured at work, or suffered a disease or condition caused by your work, you will be eligible to make a claim for workers compensation.
This includes claims for psychological injuries, for example, if you have been bullied at work.
The ACT workers compensation scheme covers you for your time off work and treatment expenses. There is also a provision for a small lump sum if you have suffered permanent impairment.
The ACT workers compensation scheme also allows for wider compensation if your injury was caused by your employer’s negligence. This is called a common law claim. If you are successful in your common law claim, you will be entitled to any damages you have incurred for:
- Pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life;
- Past and future medical, rehabilitation, and care expenses;
- Past and future loss of income and earning capacity; and
- Past and future loss of superannuation contributions.
What to do?
- See your doctor and obtain a workers compensation medical certificate.
- Call Blumers or book an appointment.
Blue collar workers are the backbone of Australia but suffer the most injuries at work.
Blumers Personal Injury Lawyers have acted in all kinds of workplace accident claims from concrete screeding to roof tiling to working with scaffolds.
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