You just suffered an injury while working overtime. You were on the clock, but making more than your normal wage. What do you do and what can you be compensated for?
What Do I Do After a Work Injury?
Whether you were working your normal shift or overtime, you should obtain first aid and whatever medical treatment is needed. Once you are able to do so, alert your employer, so they are aware that the accident happened.
Your employer is also required to inform Work Cover about the accident within 48 hours. You may also have a representative that can do the same. Once notified, the insurer will contact you and your employer as well as your doctor to determine what must happen next.
You will receive a reference number for your claim. This should be printed on all correspondence. Give the claim number to your doctor and any other treatment providers you see.
How Much Will I Be Compensated?
The amount of compensation paid will vary based on your situation and circumstances. Weekly payments may be issued and are calculated based on your earnings. The number of hours you worked each week and how long you have been away from work will be considered.
The court will also consider overtime increases. If an employee was working extra hours regularly or if they would have had the opportunity to work overtime on future projects or jobs, then this amount may be added to the total compensation paid.
Protect Yourself with Legal Advice
It’s difficult to estimate fair compensation without an understanding of the laws and limitations of worker’s compensation claims. If you have questions or would like to learn more, contact Carew Lawyers. Our experts can review your case and provide estimates and advice so you don’t settle for less than you should.