Worker’s Compensation Lawyers Brisbane:

Understanding what worker’s compensation really is.

Workers compensation is a form of payment that can be made when an employee sustains an injury in the course of their job.  It’s sometimes abbreviated to “workers comp” and people often assume it refers to physical injuries. Our workers compensation lawyers Brisbane team will help define is term more.

However, the definition is broader than it appears at first glance.  Workers compensation can be claimed for the obvious injuries (think a chef cutting their hand with a knife), but also applies to injuries that develop slowly over time, such as a repetitive strain injury, and to psychological injuries. Our experienced workers compensation lawyers in Brisbane can assist in all of these circumstances.

Psychological injuries cause a negative impact on a person’s mental health and might include:

  • Stress
  • Burnout
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

These issues could develop as a result of a clearly identifiable instance (eg. a cashier held up in a robbery) or as a slow accumulation of stress (eg. from workplace bullying, excessive workload or inappropriate working conditions).

A worker may be able to make a workers compensation claim if:

  • The issue developed as a result of their work
  • The issue is as a result of workplace stress or;
  • Have a pre-existing mental health condition that was worsened by work.
Workers compensation lawyers in Brisbane can assist in all of these circumstances.
Of course, there are requirements that need to be met in order to be successful with the claim.

According to Safe Work Australia a worker might be able to receive compensation if “the worker meets the scheme’s definition of worker or deemed worker; and work is a significant contributing factor to the psychological injury”.

Our workers compensation lawyers Brisbane can advise

Before going ahead with a claim, it may be beneficial to discuss your case with our experienced workers compensation lawyers Brisbane based.  We know the ins and outs of workers compensation and can offer advice on the process and the likelihood of your claim being successful.  This can be especially useful when your psychological issue is likely to prevent you working for a significant length of time, as we have workers compensation lawyers in the  Brisbane North who are able to liaise with the insurer and make the process less stressful.

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