In most cases, workers who are injured at work or because of their work can seek to claim workers’ compensation from WorkCover Queensland. The types of injuries that can be claimed for include:
- Physical injuries;
- Psychiatric or psychological disorders;
- Aggravation of a pre-existing condition; and
- Death from an injury or disease.
Employers should ensure that they are fully appraised of the basis of the claim raised to assess whether there is a need to object to the claim sought. Generally, when a WorkCover claim is raised, an employer will be provided with a copy of the employee’s Application for Compensation and any supporting information from the employee. These documents effectively set out the basis for the claim brought by the employee against the employer.
It is imperative that employers carefully consider, and where appropriate, seek legal advice regarding claims raised by their workers. In this respect, it is important to note that Employers can submit a response to WorkCover addressing the basis of any objection to the claim, including relevant documentation or evidence in support of the objection. Incorrect handling of these issues may have adverse consequences for your business.
With decades of experience serving the local community and business’ navigate a plethora of various claims, Forge Legal is best placed to assist employers responding to WorkCover Claims brought by workers. Contact our Employment team immediately in the event of a WorkCover claim being raised, as a corrective and strategic action is required to avoid unnecessary heartache for your business.