Anyone who is hurt in the course of their employment is entitled to be covered by WorkCover Queensland for medical expenses, rehabilitation expenses and lost wages.
If you bring a damages claim you can claim for:
- Damages for pain and suffering
- Past loss of income
- Future loss of income
- Past and future medical expenses
- Out of pocket expenses
Injured workers are also entitled to ask WorkCover Queensland to assess them for permanent impairment so that a lump sum compensation offer can be made. In our experience WorkCover Queensland will not always volunteer that information to injured workers.
If you bring a damages claim, WorkCover Queensland will almost always have to pay out considerably more than if you simply accept the lump sum offer. We consider this to be a conflict of interest and we believe that WorkCover Queensland in every case should advise injured workers to seek independent legal advice.