Each state and territory has it’s own governing body which looks after the workers compensation legislation for making and accepting a workers compensation claim. There is also a Federal Workers' Compensation scheme that applies to some workers. In Queensland, if you need to make a workers' compensation claim you will generally deal with WorkCover Queensland. Alternatively, your employer may be self-insured.
There are strict timeframes and steps you must follow to ensure that a claim for your work related injury is accepted and you are awarded the compensation you need to get back on your feet again, ultimately getting back to work as soon as you are well enough to do so.
Workers' compensation claims have strict time limits for when you have to make a viable claim. You must make your statutory claim within six months of the date you sustained your work related injuries, incident or illness or when your doctor first links your injuries to your work. However, if you miss this six month time frame you may still be entitled to a Common Law claim as long as to take the necessary steps within 3 years. If these timeframes are nearing and you haven’t yet made a claim, it is best to get in touch with our team of experienced workers' compensation lawyers to discuss your options and viability of a claim.
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How long your workers' compensation benefits lasts, depends on the severity of your injury and your recovery. However, there are some limits that apply to all claims in Queensland. Under the Workers' Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003, payments can last up to and including five years.
Your weekly payments from WorkCover will stop for the following reasons:
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