10 things you need to know if injured at work

An injury sustained at work can be a stressful time. Recovering from the injury, getting back to work and dealing with the workers compensation insurer is difficult. There are so many unknowns.

An injury that puts you off work is not something most people think about but when it happens to you it can be a terrible time. Having to deal with the injury is one thing but making sure you have income coming in to pay the rent and feed the family is a major concern.

If you have an injury at work you should;

  1. Tell your employer as soon as possible that you have sustained an injury.
  2. Record the injury in your employers Register of Injuries, if no such register send the employer an email outlining how the injury occurred.
  3. If you need time off work, see your Doctor and have the doctor complete a WorkCover certificate of capacity.
  4. Give the certificate of capacity to your employer and a copy to the insurer.
  5. Give your employer and the insurer a copy of any bills or accounts for medical treatment so they can be paid or reimbursed to you.
  6. When you consult your Doctor make sure the doctor records in his/her notes that;
    1. The injury occurred at work;
    2. How the injury occurred and;
    3. What area of the body was injured
  7. Take photos, if you can, of where and how you hurt yourself at work.
  8. Record the names and contact details of any witnesses to your injury in case it is disputed later.
  9. Co-operate with the insurer who is required to respond to your claim within 7 days.
  10. Speak to a lawyer who is an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law if your injury does not resolve completely within a few months.


The Workers compensation laws are complex and you should seek legal advice about your situation as soon as you can, even if it’s just a chat to satisfy yourself ever thing has been done correctly.

There are no legal costs in Workers compensation claims as legal costs are paid on your behalf by Workcover so it won’t costs you anything.

If you would like to discuss your circumstances you can;

  1. Call us on (02) 85181120
  2. Email us at
  3. Complete our no obligation FREE CASE ASSESSMENT FORM online.

Matthew Garling

Matthew Garling, Founder of Garling & Co is an NSW Law Society Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law. He specialises in compensation law and has acted on behalf of thousands of injured people in work accidents, motor vehicle accidents and negligence cases over the last 20 years.

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