If you are a worker who is injured in Queensland as a result of your work duties, you will likely be covered by workers' compensation insurance. The insurer will vary depending on your employer, but is usually WorkCover Queensland.
There are two distinct arms of workers' compensation insurance in Queensland being statutory claims and common law claims.
A statutory claim will cover your wages and rehabilitation in the immediate aftermath of your injury. You, your employer and the insurer all have rights and responsibilities in relation to your treatment and rehabilitation. There are time limits in which to lodge your statutory claim and we are happy to talk you through the process and what to expect when under a claims management process.
If your injury was not your fault, and you can establish that someone else caused or contributed to your injury, then you may be able to pursue a common law claim. These claims aim to compensate you for pain and suffering, past and future loss of earnings, any medical treatment you may require into the future and any care you may need. Each claim is paid on its own circumstances and we encourage you to speak with us so that we can explain your options.
Injuries in Public Places
Sometimes injuries occur outside of work or road situations. Where you suffer an injury in a public space or as part of an activity, there may be an avenue to pursue compensation for your losses.
These types of claims are known as "public liability" claims and often can be quite complex. In order to pursue a claim, you must show that you have suffered an injury, and that injury was caused through someone else's negligence - that is that someone's actions or, in some cases, inactions, caused you injury.
Compensation that can be claimed includes pain and suffering, loss of earnings, treatment and any care and assistance that has been required and that may be required in the future.
As with other injury claims, there are time limits that a claim must be lodged. For this reason, we encourage you to contact our office to walk through the circumstances of your injury and to ascertain whether your claim is one that is likely to be successful.
All vehicles in Queensland are covered by Compulsory Third Party insurance which is included within the vehicles registration.
If you have been injured in a road accident that was not your fault, you may be able to claim treatment and rehabilitation expenses from the insurer, and, if you have sustained significant losses, then you may also be able to pursue a common law claim. These losses include any loss of earnings, treatment and other out of pocket expenses not covered initially by the insurer, future treatment along with care and assistance and your pain and suffering.
There are strict time limits that are imposed with bringing a motor vehicle claim and we encourage you to contact us at the earliest opportunity so that we can provide you with personalised advice.
Even if a vehicle hasn't been registered, there are still avenues to pursue a claim, although there are even tighter time limits if a vehicle is unregistered or a vehicle cannot be identified.
Workplace and Employment Law
Often we find ourselves in employment situations that don't make us comfortable and are detrimental to our mental health.
Sometimes we just don't 'click' with the team, the culture of the workplace may not quite be the right fit, or there are just general workplace hostilities that cannot be resolved.
For many of us, we need our job to make ends meet and the thought of rocking the boat, or losing our job can be terrifying. Employees are often fearful of what they think their employer can do and often are not aware of their rights in the workplace.
Our office handles all manner of workplace and industrial issues. This extends to not just unfair dismissal, or bullying and harassment, it includes discrimination, workplace investigations, post employment restraints, and many other areas.
It is important that you don't wait until it's too late to obtain advice on your workplace issue. There are very strict time limits for certain employment claims that can see you lose your entitlements if you miss the limitation.
If you are uncomfortable at work, or suspect that things may be going in the wrong direction, contact us for an obligation free initial chat.