If you’ve been injured at work or have become sick because of your work, you may need workers compensation. The Fair Work Ombudsman says workers compensation is a form of insurance to employees who have been injured or become sick.
This form of compensation includes being paid wages while you can’t work. It can also include payments to cover your medical expenses and rehabilitation.
Workers compensation is a matter for the territory or state you live in. Each jurisdiction has its own regulator. In the ACT that’s WorkSafe ACT and the Workers Compensation Act 1951 (ACT).
Not every injured worker needs a workers compensation lawyer, but some do. You may require a lawyer if you need extensive medical attention, will be off work for a long time or might be permanently disabled.
In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing a workers compensation lawyer, and share where to find the best in Canberra.
What makes a great workers compensation lawyer?
Choosing the right workers compensation lawyer can help fast-track your claim. They can provide you with confidence you have the right advice and support. This is important since the workers compensation legal system can be complex. Also, laws constantly evolve.
It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing a workers compensation lawyer.
- Experience. You’ll want a lawyer who is experienced in workers compensation, including the type of claim you have. This will reassure you that you have the right lawyer by your side.
- Expertise. Choose a lawyer who specialises in workers compensation. This is one who has expertise in this area of law.
- Track record. You’re best to select a lawyer who has won workers compensation cases. You’ll want a lawyer who has a strong track record representing clients in this complex area of law.
- Availability. Check you lawyer’s availability to ensure your claim is handled as quickly as possible. The best workers compensation lawyers are busy, but if yours is too busy your case could drag on.
- Fees. Compare the fees charged by various lawyers. This will help ensure you’re paying a fair price. Some lawyers also offer a “no-win, no-fee” arrangement which might suit.
The best workers compensation lawyers in Canberra
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Handling workers compensation claims is a specialisation of Baker Deane & Nutt (BDN) Lawyers. That includes for clients who have been injured at work or diagnosed with an illness or disease associated with their work. BDN Lawyers’ dedicated workers compensation team focuses on workplace injuries that occur in the ACT. They specialise in helping clients receive the workers compensation benefits they deserve. This includes physical injuries, such as manual handling, equipment failures or accidents like tripping over. It also includes psychological injuries caused from stress, bullying or harassment.
BDN offers “no-win, no-fee” services in ACT Workers Compensation claims. They don’t charge clients any professional fees if their claim doesn’t succeed. Having said that, BDN Lawyers have a high success rate with workers compensation claims in the capital. Most matters they take on succeed.
On Google, Hollie Curtis wrote, “I engaged Baker Deane & Nutt Lawyers to help me with a Workers Compensation claim, and they were beyond helpful and made a daunting process much easier. Richard was incredibly knowledgeable, understanding, and helpful explaining the entire process to me and doing what he does best! ... I could not recommend them enough.”
Snedden Hall & Gallop is a recognised leader in compensation claims in the ACT, offering a free, obligation-free 30-minute claim assessment for those injured at work (physical or psychological). Expert lawyers assist clients to receive the full compensation available, providing effective and compassionate legal representation and answering all questions on a client’s claim.
The lawyers at Snedden Hall & Gallop understand that each workers compensation claim is unique and may entail varying degrees of pain, suffering and loss. They therefore listen carefully to each client’s specific circumstances and provide honest, clear advice on whether there is a potential claim.
Snedden Hall & Gallop was listed as a Recommended Work Injury Compensation Law Firm (Plaintiff) in the 2019 Doyles Guide for the ACT.
As Michel Tremblant wrote on Google, "After being recommended Snedden, Hall & Gallop (SHG) lawyers, I have nothing but good things to say about this highly professional law firm.... From the beginning through to the end...the lawyers were extremely helpful and hardworking."
BAL Lawyers is experienced in handling claims for those who injured at work. The team is experienced at upholding the rights of clients seeking compensation, taking care to explain rights and the steps required in making a claim. BAL’s dedicated Employment Law and Investigations Group is qualified, experienced, compassionate and focused on positive, practical solutions.
David Bibo wrote on Google, “Outstanding, professional, empathetic advice, culminating in a successful outcome.”
Blumers Personal Injury Lawyers are plaintiff personal injury specialists. They operate on a “no-win, no-fee” basis. The team at Blumers has extensive experience in handling work injury claims (including bullying) and are skilled at identifying the best claim. The firm has been operating in Canberra since 2000.
Ross Lawrence wrote on Google, “At the most difficult time of my life, Blumers were able to help me get compensation for a workplace injury. All staff are thorough and attentive and empathetic.”
The team at Slater and Gordon Lawyers is expert at workers compensation and offer a “no-win, no-fee” arrangement for eligible claims. Lawyers work hard to get clients the best possible outcome from the complex workers compensation system. Each client’s initial appointment is free. Lawyers guide clients through the essential steps required for a workers compensation case.
On Google, Jaala Kellam wrote, “Brilliant solicitors here. Could not recommend the Canberra Slater and Gordon team highly enough …”
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Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to pay if I lose my case?
Not all law firms charge if you lose your workers compensation case. Some offer “no-win, no-fee” services. It’s best to check this out before you engage a law firm to represent you.
How do I choose the best workers compensation lawyer?
Think about several factors when selecting a workers compensation lawyer. Certainly, you’ll want to confirm their experience and qualifications. You’ll also want a lawyer who is understanding and compassionate. It’s best to choose a lawyer who communicates well, so you know where you stand at all times. Also check out the firm’s online presence and online reviews.
What type of injuries are covered by workers compensation?
In the capital, the type of injuries is covered by the Workers Compensation ACT 1951 (ACT). This Act covers both physical and psychological injuries. The type of physical injuries can include those relating to manual handling, equipment failures or accidents like tripping and falling. The type of psychological injuries can include stressful environments, including bullying or harassment. The Act also covers what is known as “journey claims”. These injuries or accidents occur when you’re travelling to and from work.
How much will I get paid on workers compensation?
The amount you’ll be paid if your workers compensation claim succeeds depends on your case. This includes the type and extent of your injury. Your lawyer will explain the specifics to you.
What benefits am I entitled to?
If you’ve been injured during your employment, you may be eligible for a range of benefits. You may, for example, receive weekly benefits in place of your lost wages, as well as medical and travel expenses. You might also be eligible for a lump sum compensation for permanent impairment.
For how long can I receive workers compensation?
The length of time you can receive workers compensation depends on factors such as the type and extent of your injury. Talk to your lawyer about the details.