Workplace injuries can happen at any time and in any industry, posing significant challenges for both your personal and professional life. If you have recently been injured at work, then it’s important to understand the next steps to take in order to initiate a workers compensation claim. This guide outlines five crucial steps that can help you navigate the process effectively and access the compensation you may be entitled to.
Step 1: Report Your Injury Promptly
Reporting your injury to your employer as soon as it occurs is vital. Whether you work on a construction site or remotely, promptly inform your employer about the incident. If possible, take a photo of the injury as evidence. Rest assured that in NSW, you are protected by unfair dismissal laws if you fear repercussions for reporting the injury.
Step 2: Inform Your Doctor About the Work-Related Injury
After notifying your employer, it’s crucial to visit your local doctor for a thorough medical examination. Inform your doctor that the injury is work-related, ensuring that they take detailed notes regarding the incident. Keep these notes for future reference. Additionally, maintain a record of subsequent visits to the doctor, ensuring comprehensive documentation. Keeping a good record is important as this may be used as part of your workers compensation claim materials.
Step 3: Provide a Written Notice to Your Employer
Put your injury in writing and provide a formal notice to your employer, clearly stating the nature, time, and circumstances of the injury. If you need to take time off work due to the injury, communicate this to your employer immediately. Written documentation helps establish a clear record of the incident and your subsequent actions.
Step 4: Maintain an Accurate Diary of Expenses
To ensure you receive the compensation you may be entitled to, it is crucial to document all missed workdays, travel expenses, medical bills and other costs you have incurred as a result of your injury. Even minor medical expenses and travel costs, including accommodation expenses when seeking treatment outside your area should be documented. Keep all relevant paperwork organised and easily accessible as this will streamline the process for you when sharing the documents with your compensation lawyer.
Step 5: Seek the Guidance of a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
Navigating the complex workers compensation process can be an overwhelming experience for many individuals. Seeking the assistance of a workers compensation lawyer you can trust is a highly recommended final step. An experienced workers compensation lawyer will provide expert guidance on the necessary steps to advance your claim through the legal system. Delaying or waiting too long may jeopardise your claim and the potential compensation you may receive, so it’s paramount to seek legal advice at the earliest opportunity.
Reach Out to Somerville Laundry Lomax Solicitors
The team at Somerville Laundry Lomax Solicitors are experts in compensation law and ready to provide friendly, professional advice helping to alleviate what can be a stressful situation. If you have any further questions, contact our team of workers compensation injury lawyers today on 02 6621 2481.
Strict limitation periods may apply to your claim.