A workplace injury can be a serious matter with expensive consequences. Workers are given certain rights to protect them from negligent employers. Make sure you know the laws when it comes to injuries and compensation, so you know how to get paid after an on-the-job injury.
What Do I Do After the Injury?
Make sure you take the proper steps after an injury. This will create a record of the incident and make it harder for your employer to argue against claims. After medical treatment for the incident, you should:
- Notify your employer of the injury
- Consider lodging a workers’ compensation claim.
Your employer should notify their insurer (usually WorkCover Queensland) within 48 hours of the incident. You or a representative working on your behalf can also do so to ensure that it is reported. The insurer will provide a reference or claim number. Record this number and use it when discussing your case with the insurer, doctors, and other medical professionals.
What If My Employer Won’t Pay My Claim or Dismisses Me?
Seek legal assistance if your employer attempts to hinder your ability to receive compensation for a claim. This also applies in situations where the employer dismisses the employee as a result of the injury. Employers should do all they can to help their employees return to work quickly and safely. There are legal restrictions on employers terminating someone because of their injuries whilst they are on workers’ compensation.
If you feel that you were treated unfairly, denied compensation, or discriminated against due to a workplace injury, contact Carew Lawyers today. We can review your case and provide legal advice that can help you regain control of your life after an accident.