If you've suffered a wrist injury in Queensland following a road, work or public place accident, you may feel overwhelmed and unsure of what steps to take next.
The impact of such an injury can be immense, affecting your ability to work, enjoy your free time and even carry out everyday tasks.
Here, you'll find information on your rights to wrist injury compensation, common causes of wrist injuries, the process for lodging a claim, frequently asked questions and time limits for making a claim in Queensland.
Smith's Lawyers team of personal injury claim experts offer free initial advice and no-obligation appointments at home, in hospital, in-office or via phone. All claims have no upfront costs or risks of being left out of pocket under our No Win, No Fee, No Catch® promise. We operate Queensland-wide.
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Understanding Your Rights After A Wrist Injury In Queensland
Injuries to the wrist or hand were one of the major causes of hospitalisation in 2021-22. While they may seem like a milder type of injury, an incapacitated hand can make life and employment incredibly difficult.
If you've suffered a wrist injury while on the road, at work or just as you're out and about in Queensland, and someone else is to blame, you're entitled to pursue a claim.
In Queensland, there are several compensation schemes you can use:
- Workplace Accidents: If your injury occurred at the workplace, you may be entitled to make a statutory claim via WorkCover Queensland or your employer's own workers compensation policy if they are ‘self-insured’ - regardless of who is at fault. Common law claims are also an option if your employer was negligent and this has resulted in your injury.
- Car or Road Accidents: Queensland's Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance covers personal injuries sustained while on the road, where another road user was at fault. This is the insurance included as part of your registration (rego) fees.
- Public Liability Claims: If your wrist injury occurred in a public place, you may be entitled to submit a common law claim against the public liability insurer for the area. This could cover injuries sustained in public spaces or commercial premises.
Making a claim, whether through a scheme or in court, can be daunting. That's why seeking legal advice can help put you at ease and help guide you through the process.
Understanding The Compensation Claims Process
What Evidence Do I Need To Support My Wrist Injury Claim?
Time Limits For Wrist Injuries
Frequently Asked Questions
If you're unsure about whether you have a wrist injury, it's essential to get professional medical advice as soon as possible.
Symptoms such as pain, swelling or difficulty moving your wrist may indicate injury. Early diagnosis and treatment not only increase the chances of a full recovery but also serve as documented evidence if you choose to claim compensation later.
Retaliation by an employer is a valid concern for many. However, it's important to understand that it's illegal for an employer to take adverse action against you because you've filed a claim or are considering pursuing one. If you do face such reprisal, legal remedies are available.
Keep in mind the aim of the compensation claim is not to blame or hurt anyone but to offer financial aid during recuperation and to cover loss of income and treatment costs. This may be too heavy a burden to bear on your own, particularly when the injury was not your fault.
A wrist injury can significantly impact your ability to carry out routine tasks at your workplace effectively. The degree of impact, of course, largely depends on the nature of the job you perform and the severity of the injury.
Tasks that require manual dexterity and strength, such as typewriting, operating machinery, lifting heavy objects or even simple ones like holding a pen can become a challenge. This could lead to a reduction in your productivity and, on a more personal level, cause a significant amount of distress and frustration.
Depending on how long your injury lasts, it may mean you need extended periods off from work for treatment and recovery. This, in turn, could lead to a constant worry about finances. Furthermore, people who want to progress up the company ladder may find their chances to do so are impeded.
No; our No Win, No Fee, No Catch® promise at Smith’s Lawyers means there are no upfront costs, and you can never be left out of pocket as a result of the claim. Typically with ‘no win, no fee’ agreements, you could still be liable for the other side's legal costs if your case goes to court and is unsuccessful. In the unlikely event that your case goes to court and you are unsuccessful, we'll cover the costs - so you won't pay a cent to us or anyone else.
Get expert advice today
To check your compensation entitlements, request a free case review with our expert lawyers. We can explain your options for wrist injury compensation claims so you are clear on your rights during this difficult time.
Disclaimer: This information is designed for general information in relation to Queensland compensation law. It does not constitute legal advice. We strongly recommend you seek legal advice in regards to your specific situation. For help understanding your rights, please call 1800 960 482 or request a free case review to talk to one of our lawyers today.