In Queensland, workers compensation claims for an injury or illness that arises in the workplace, either in the course of your employment or in connection with the duties of employment, are made under the relevant workers’ compensation legislation. WorkCover Queensland is the statutory governing body that provides oversight and management of workplace accidents, and requires that all employer organisations ensure they have workers compensation insurance.
Workers compensation claims are generally categorised into two types of claims:
- Statutory Claims – which are claims based on a no-fault scheme through WorkCover Queensland, and provide among other elements a supplementation wages and payments for approved medical and allied health treatment; and
- Common Law Claims – these claims are fault based, and often follow on from the completion of the statutory claim process should you be entitled to make such a claim.
In addition to claims that occur in and around the workplace itself, workers’ compensation covers injuries sustained when travelling between your home and your workplace or travelling specifically for the purpose of your employment.
If you have sustained a workplace injury, it is important to ensure that you:
- Advise your employer immediately of your injury, and the circumstances of your injury;
- Attend upon a medical practitioner and discuss your injury with them, preferably as soon as possible after the incident occurs;
- Complete and lodge a workers compensation claim form with WorkCover Queensland.
After you have lodged a claim with WorkCover Queensland, it is advisable to seek advice from a lawyer regarding the remainder of the statutory claims process and in some cases, if available, the common law claim process.
There are complicated laws and strict time limits associated with making injury law compensation claims in Queensland.
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