If you’ve been injured at work, you may be wondering about the possibility of claiming compensation. We can walk you through that process step by step.
If you’ve been injured in a workplace incident, you may be able to claim for some losses arising out of that injury.
There are many different types of workers’ compensation claims you may be entitled to, including for loss of income and the cost of medical treatment. If you’re considering making a claim, we can guide you through the process. Below is some information to assist you:
Notifying your employer
The first step toward making a workers’ compensation claim in NSW is a crucial one – you need to make sure your injuries are reported as soon as possible after the injury and, in any event, within 6 months of the injury. You immediately should let your employer know about the nature of your injury and exactly how it happened, in as detailed a fashion as possible. With time, memories fade and a detailed explanation recorded helps. (If you’re unable to do this reporting yourself, a representative may do so on your behalf.)
Seeing a doctor
Another crucial step in the process is seeing a doctor and having that doctor complete a “Certificate of Capacity.” After you have this Certificate filled out, you should give a copy to both your employer and the insurer.
Signing a Worker’s Injury Claim Form
At or about the time of injury you should also fill out the Worker’s Injury Claim Form, which is available from the State Insurance website here. This should be completed and provided to the insurer as soon as possible.
Lodging your claim
The cost of reasonably necessary medical expenses is claimable from the insurer, but you may be entitled to claim for additional losses also. You may be owed compensation for any income you’ve lost, as well as any permanent impairment you have suffered as a result of the injury.
To find out whether you have an entitlement to make a workers’ compensation claim, contact us and book in for one of our free preliminary assessments, which involves one of our lawyers assessing the merits of your worker’s compensation claim. At Turnbull Hill Lawyers, we’re happy to assist you with any and all stages in the workers’ compensation process.