If you have suffered an injury at work, or if your work has contributed to an injury or disease, then you may have a claim under WorkCover for compensation.

Shine Lawyers have expert WorkCover lawyers that can help you determine if you have a claim for compensation. Our WorkCover lawyers operate on a No Win No Fee guarantee, which means you don’t have to pay our legal costs unless we win your claim at the end.

Common questions about WorkCover compensation claims

What is WorkCover?
When should I seek a WorkCover lawyer?
What type of injuries does WorkCover provide compensation for?
How do I make a WorkCover compensation claim?
Who pays the WorkCover compensation to me?
How much will it cost me to make a WorkCover compensation claim?
What can I claim WorkCover compensation for?
How much compensation can I receive if I make a WorkCover claim?
How long does a WorkCover compensation claim take?
Is there a time limit when I can bring forward a WorkCover claim?

What is WorkCover?

WorkCover is the statutory insurer for workers’ compensation across Australia. WorkCover covers most workers injured during the course of their employment and covers all work activities including lunch breaks. Every employer must have workers’ compensation insurance so that all employees will be covered in the event of injury or disease contracted during the course of your employment.

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When should I seek a WorkCover lawyer?

If you have been injured in the workplace, or if your work has contributed to a disease or condition, it’s possible you might have a claim for WorkCover compensation.

WorkCover compensation can typically cover:

  • Injuries suffered at work, as a result of work or during work activities
  • Injuries suffered while travelling for work
  • Injuries suffered while receiving medical treatment for a separate work injury
  • Diseases caused by work
  • Diseases or pre-existing conditions made worse by work

The Injury doesn’t have to be just physical as well, it can be mental and/or stress related such as a heart attack or stroke. It is possible to claim WorkCover compensation for psychological related injuries as well.

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What type of injuries does WorkCover provide compensation for?

The types of injuries or diseases that can arise over the course of employment can vary wildly. Many types of injuries and diseases can be covered, and its best to get expert legal advice following your injury to see if you may have a WorkCover claim for compensation.

Shine Lawyers are expert WorkCover lawyers that can help you understand your rights. As part of our legal service we provide an obligation free first consultation, which means you can get an idea of your rights and propensity to make a claim.

The list below contains a small sample of the types of claims that can be brought forward when it comes to obtaining WorkCover compensation:

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Back injuries
  • hand or finger injuries
  • Torso or Foot injuries
  • Head injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Eye injuries
  • Repetitive strain injuries (RSI)
  • Death dependency claims
  • Cancer conditions resulting from work
  • Heart attacks
  • Strokes
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Chemical and asbestos related injuries or diseases
  • Industrial asthma diseases
  • Infectious conditions claims (eg. Qfever)
  • Psychological conditions

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How do I make a WorkCover compensation claim?

Shine Lawyers are WorkCover lawyers that can advise you of your rights under Queensland law. As part of our service offering we provide all WorkCover legal services on a No Win No Fee guarantee, which means you won’t have to pay our legal costs unless we win your claim at the end.

It’s very important you seek legal help so that you can get a thorough understanding of your rights when it comes to WorkCover. The WorkCover claims process can be very complicated, so it’s important you seek legal help if you are unsure of what to do.

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Who pays the WorkCover compensation to me?

All Queensland employers by law, have to have workers compensation insurance. This insurance is compulsory and covers work related injuries or diseases to employees.

When you make a WorkCover compensation claim it’s not your employer, or the individual that may have caused your injury that pays the compensation. It is the insurer that is responsible for paying the compensation to you.

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How much will it cost me to make a WorkCover compensation claim?

If you bring forward a WorkCover claim with Shine Lawyers, as part of our service offering and No Win No Fee guarantee, you won’t have to pay our legal fees unless we win your claim at the end. All our WorkCover lawyers operate on this No Win No Fee guarantee.

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What can I claim WorkCover compensation for?

Every WorkCover compensation claim is different. If lawyers are successful in proving your employer was negligent, then you can claim for things like:

  • Loss of earnings
  • Travelling expenses
  • Return to work services
  • Medical and hospital expenses
  • Rehabilitation expenses
  • Permanent impairment compensation
  • Death compensation claims

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How much compensation can I receive if I make a WorkCover claim?

It depends on your situation and the facts of your particular case as to how much WorkCover compensation you can receive. Once a lawyer knows the ins and outs of your case they should be able to give a good indication of how much you can expect.

As part of our service offering, Shine Lawyers have an obligation-free first consultation which can help you find out if you have a case.

Depending on the nature of your Workplace injury, in most instances a monetary value is placed on the gap between your predicted life path before the injury, and your actual life path since the injury.

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How long does a WorkCover compensation claim take?

How long a WorkCover claim can take depends so much on your individual situation and the facts of your particular case. Some cases can be quite complex in nature so it can be hard to give an estimate without knowing your individual situation.

Generally speaking, most WorkCover compensation claims can take around 18 months to resolve, but it just depends on your case. A Lawyer should be able to give you a good indication of how long it might take once they know the ins and outs of your case.

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Is there a time limit when I can bring forward a WorkCover claim?

Yes. There are strict time limits when it comes to making a WorkCover claim. In most instances in Queensland, you need to make a claim within three years from the date of the accident.

It’s important you seek legal advice as soon as possible, to avoid any likelihood you will be unable to lodge a claim due to a missed time limit.

Shine lawyers have expert workers compensation lawyers that can help you find out if you have a compensation claim, and help you bring it forward under Queensland law.

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