Areas of Practice
Workers Compensation ClaimsWorkers compensation provides protection to workers in the event of a work related injury or disease. Through the workers compensation system, injured workers may have an entitlement to:
- weekly payments
- lump sums for permanent impairment (and pain and suffering where applicable)
- payment of medical bills
- provision of legal assistance to pursue a claim
Hearing Loss / Industrial Deafness ClaimsNoise induced hearing loss can occur over a number of years and involve more than one employer. If you are concerned about your hearing, you should consult your family doctor. For instance, if you have six per cent (6%) or more binaural (both ears combined) hearing loss as a result of exposure to noise in the workplace, you may be able to make a workers compensation claim for the cost of reasonably necessary hearing aids and certain hearing tests. Depending on your circumstances, you may also be entitled to make a claim for permanent impairment if you are assessed as having a minimum of 20.5 per cent (20.5%) binaural hearing loss - i.e. greater than 10 per cent (10% Whole Person Impairment) A workers compensation claim should be made as soon as you become aware of any noise induced hearing loss. If you are no longer working in a noisy industry you make the claim on the last known noisy employer. If you are concerned about your hearing, you should firstly consult your family doctor who will provide you with a a WorkCover Certificate of Capacity together with a referral to an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Specialist. We can help you with all of those arrangements if required. Call us now for an obligation free chat and further information on incident/injury reporting procedures, making a claim for workers compensation, the benefits an injured worker may be entitled to, and resolving problems and disputes about workers compensation claims.
Motor Vehicle Accident ClaimsWho Can Claim If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident in NSW, there are a number of circumstances in which you may be eligible to make a claim for personal injury compensation. Other driver or owner at fault If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident and you can show that a driver or owner of a vehicle, other than you, was partially or completely at fault you can make a claim for personal injury compensation. Any kind of road user can make a claim including a driver, passenger, pedestrian, cyclist, motorcyclist or pillion passenger. If you were partly at fault in causing your own injuries, you may still be able to make a claim, but the compensation you receive will be less than it would have been if you were not partly at fault. Examples of where you may be partly at fault include:
- not wearing a seatbelt
- driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- travelling in a vehicle where you know the driver to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- driving at an unsafe speed
- not wearing a helmet when riding a motorcycle or bicycle
Superannuation (TPD) Disability ClaimsEvery worker in Australia receives Superannuation. What many people do not know is that they may have additional insurance benefits attached to their policy which provides Insurance Cover for them in the unfortunate event they cannot return to work because of any injury, illness or disability, however or wherever this may have happened It does not matter if you were injured at work or at home! It is effectively a 24 hour cover of insurance You could be covered for: Death Benefit Cover: This is an insurance benefit that provides a lump sum benefit to your beneficiaries nominated in your Superannuation Fund in the event of Death. The way beneficiaries are nominated can effect whether they can or cannot receive a benefit so it is important that youconfirm the position. Total and Permanent Disablement (TPD): The definition of TPD varies from Fund to Fund. Most TPD definitions refer to "any-occupation" definition and usually arises if you satisfy the following:
- A person has been unable to be gainfully employed for acontinuous period of six(6)months; and
- On the balance of the medical evidence, the Trustee of the Superannuation Fund determines that you are unlikely to ever return to gainful employment for which you are reasonably qualified by reason of your education, training and/or experience.