Have you been injured at work? Ask us for advice now about your rights and entitlements.
Return to Work Act Claims
The Return to Work Act 2014 came in to effect on 1 July 2015. It marked the biggest change to workers’ compensation law in this State for nearly 30 years.
While many injured workers’ entitlements were drastically cut by the new law, the Act continues to provide compensation to injured workers for income, medical expenses and, in some cases, permanent impairment.
Our specialist workers’ compensation lawyers have advised hundreds of injured workers over many years: under the old law and the new. We have helped those workers to receive their maximum entitlements – no more, no less – in a timely and cost-effective way.
We enjoy a solid reputation in this area of law for fighting hard but fair for workers’ rights and for ensuring their best outcome financially.
If you have been injured at work, you should seek advice before submitting your claim. While it is not cost effective for us to be involved along every step of the way, it is crucial that the claim is ‘set up’ properly. Call us for a free, no obligation telephone interview if you are considering lodging a claim.
In most cases, we will be prepared to act for you on the basis that there will be no charge to you until your matter is finalised. Unlike many firms, we will pay out-of-pocket expenses (called disbursements) out of our own pocket, not yours, and then seek reimbursement from the insurer. This means that you can focus on recovering from your work injury without the added stress of legal costs.
If you have suffered a physical injury, you may in time be entitled under sections 56 & 58 of the Act to a lump sum payment for economic & non-economic loss. While you will need to wait until you condition has completely stabilised before being assessed for eligibility for those payments, you should seek advice as soon as practicable after you are injured.
It is also important to get advice early about your rights at work following a work injury. Do not agree to resign from your employment, agree to any change in your contract or accept duties with another employer without first obtaining legal advice.
We are among Adelaide’s leading Public Sector employment lawyers. Few lawyers understand the complex relationship between Workers’ compensation and public sector employment like we do.
Call us for a free telephone interview if you are a public servant and have suffered a work related injury. Our team of specialist lawyers can assist State employees with claims under the Return to Work Act. If you are Commonwealth public servant, contact our Comcare specialist, Ian Milsom.