What Steps Should I Take If I Am Injured At Work?
If you are injured in the course of your work, there are SIX IMPORTANT STEPS to remember:
STEP 1 - Report the Work Injury to your employer
Report the injury to your employer as soon as possible and ensure that details of the incident of injury are accurately recorded by your employer.
If possible, try to take photographs of the accident scene, any defective equipment (including make, model and the defect), or anything else you consider contributed to your injury occurring.
Also, take down the names and contact details of any witnesses to the event.
Additionally any workplace health and safety issues (ie. unsafe work system, workplace or equipment) which you consider caused or contributed to your work injury occurring, retain copies of all reports and accident records.
STEP 2 - seek medical treatment for your work injury
You should also seek medical treatment for your work injury as soon as possible, so that your doctor can record your injuries and also, record how your injuries occurred.
Be aware that you are quite entitled to see your own doctor - you are under no obligation to see a doctor at your employer's direction.
Also, you will need a special Medical Certificate from your doctor to provide to Workcover Queensland for your Workers' Compensation claim, which your doctor should be aware of.
STEP 3 - Tell your doctor all of the injuries you sustained in the work incident
When you see your doctor, ensure you tell them all of the injuries you sustained in the work incident, no matter how minor, as well as how your injuries occurred.
Try to be as accurate as possible so there is no confusion as to the cause of your injuries and what injuries you sustained, when you wish to later bring a claim.
But be aware, doctors usually record what you tell them, so keep your comments to your doctor concise and accurate.
Don't confuse them with information which may compromise any claim you may wish to make in the future.
STEP 4 - record all the injuries sustained in the work even
If you are making an application for workers' compensation claim for your work injury, you need to be careful to record all the injuries sustained in the work event and what caused those injuries.
The workers' compensation insurer will rely on this document when assessing your entitlements to workers' compensation, and also in any future Common Law claim, so you need to be concise and accurate in what you record in this document.
Provide sufficient information to advise of all injuries sustained in the event, and for the insurer to understand how those injuries were sustained, but don't confuse the insurer with unnecessary or irrelevant information which may end up compromising your claim.
STEP 5 - Strict Time Limits Apply
Remember, strict time limits apply to both making a claim for workers' compensation and damages in cases of work injury.
STEP 6 - Contact your Lawyer About Your Work Injury
We would recommend that you contact The Personal Injury Lawyers as soon as possible to ensure any claims you have as a result of your work injury are protected.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How much compensation will I receive for my injuries?
- How is past and future economic loss compensation calculated?
- What injury compensation or damages am I entitled to claim for?
- If I go back to work after my injury will this hurt my claim?
- When does my workers' compensation claim come to an end and what happens then?
- How can I find out quickly if I can make a compensation claim?
- What are emotional distress damages in personal injury cases?
- Are there time limits for bringing a claim for injury compensation in Queensland?
- How will my common law claim run and how long will it take?
- Is my compensation or damages payment taxable?
- What care and assistance can be claimed for in a personal injury claim in Queensland?
- Did you know that if you engage a domestic worker in your home, you could be liable to pay compensation if they are injured?
- What if I don't receive a 6% DPI in my Notice of Assessment but I want to sue my employer for my work injuries?
- What's the difference between workers' compensation claim & a common law claim for damages?
- What is a common law claim for damages for work injury in Queensland?
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