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Workers Compensation Lawyers in Melbourne

Have you sustained a workplace injury or contracted an illness at work? You may be entitled to benefits and compensation under the Victorian Workers Compensation Scheme, WorkCover.

Most Victorian workers are covered by the WorkCover scheme.

Workers who suffer a workplace injury, or an injury or illness as a result of work, may be eligible to make a claim for WorkCover compensation.

Time limits apply for Victorian workers compensation claims so you should lodge your claim as soon as possible after your injury or illness.

Contact us to find out how.

Workers Compensation Entitlements

Under the Workers Compensation Scheme, you may be entitled to the following benefits if you’ve been injured or become ill at work:

  • Weekly payments to partially cover lost income
  • Medical and other health and rehabilitation expenses
  • Ambulance costs
  • Permanent impairment benefits (lump sum payments)
  • Compensation for pain and suffering and future loss of earnings and earning capacity
  • Economic loss if you are assessed as having a ‘serious injury’. This is known as a Common Law claim.
  • Lost superannuation entitlements if you are in receipt of weekly compensation for 52 weeks or more.

When can I lodge a WorkCover claim?

Any injury sustained at work needs to be reported to your employer within 30 days.

A worker’s compensation claim needs to be lodged as soon as possible after your injury; ideally within 30 days of becoming aware of it.

We have seen claims become complicated and even rejected due to the way workers have filled out the claim form. You can get advice from us about completing your claim form before you give it to your employer. 

If it has been more than 30 days since you became aware of your injury, you should seek legal advice straight away.

Workers Compensation Services

Menzies Legal can help with a variety of Workers Compensation issues. Every claim is different and our services are tailored to your specific needs.

We can help if:

  • you’ve been injured at work and don’t know what to do next;
  • you need help submitting a WorkCover claim form;
  • your WorkCover claim has been rejected;
  • your employer is pressuring you to return to work;
  • you’re not being paid correctly;
  • your employer’s insurer (or the employer themselves if they are self-insured) won’t pay for treatment or is taking too long to respond to requests;
  • your payments have been cut off;
  • your employer is suggesting you should not lodge a workers compensation claim;
  • your employer is not providing you with suitable duties if you are able to return to work in a limited capacity;
  • you want to know where you stand with any query about workers compensation.

How much does it cost?

No Win No Fee is generally available for all types of Workers Compensation claims.

This means you don’t pay our professional fees unless your case is successful.

If you win, we’ll charge you based on the work done on your file. This will be clearly explained before you retain us; meaning no nasty surprises at the end.

After your first appointment, you’ll receive a No Win No Fee Disclosure Statement and Costs Agreement clearly explaining how it works. You won’t be committed to anything until you sign and return the document. We’ll ensure you have enough time to understand your options because it’s important to us that you’re happy with your decision.

Additional Costs

You may incur additional costs throughout your case. For example, we may need access to your medical records. This usually attracts a fee from the medical provider. It’s called a ‘disbursement’.

During your first appointment, we’ll explain if additional costs are likely to arise throughout your case. Your lawyer will guide you through step by step, ensuring you feel comfortable with proceeding.

If you are successful, part of your legal costs (both our professional fees and disbursements) will be paid for by Workcover.

The Process for Making a Compensation Claim

Step 1: 

When you contact us, you’ll speak directly with a lawyer. 

Step 2: Ask specific and clear questions

When we speak with you on the phone we will ask some questions about when and where your accident occurred, what injuries you have suffered and what medical treatment you have received.

If you then want to schedule an appointment we can put that into place.

Step 3: Appointment – We understand that a lot of your time is spent going to medical appointments, doing rehab or simply resting and that you need to focus on your recovery.

That’s exactly where your focus should be.

We know that not being well enough to work or travel is frustrating so we can make the process easier.

You may just not want to sit in Melbourne traffic.

If you cannot come to our office in Black Rock we can make a home  visit or we can schedule an online meeting using video chat.

We look after clients from all over metropolitan Melbourne and in country Victoria so distance is simply not an issue for us.

We make regular visits to Bacchus Marsh and Ballarat in particular and can schedule meetings after hours and at weekends.

Step 4: First Meeting:

Your first meeting with us will be with Kiera Menzies who is the Principal Lawyer at Menzies Legal.

Kiera is an experienced personal injury lawyer with in excess of 20 years experience in personal injury law.

Kiera will listen to your story and ask some more detailed questions about how you were injured, learn more about how the injury has affected your everyday life and what medical treatment you have had.

Kiera will then explain what options you may have going forward and explain how legal costs work.

Prior to meeting with Kiera, we ask that you complete our online questionnaire which will mean we can concentrate on the issues which are most important at our meeting.

If after the meeting you do not want to retain Menzies Legal there will be no charge for the appointment.

Step 5:

We will send/email some paperwork to you for signing and then get your claim underway.

You can continue to concentrate on your recovery and let us deal with the insurers and form filling.

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