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9 reasons why you need an expert workers compensation lawyer

If you have suffered an injury at work you may be able to make a claim for Workers’ Compensation.

The Workers’ Compensation system deals with injured workers rights, the employers rights, payment of medical treatment, lump sum compensation for permanent impairment, weekly payments, and ongoing compensation payments.

The WorkCover legislation is complex and technical, as it requires claims to be made in a certain way. If you get it wrong this could jeopardise your chance to obtain proper compensation.

1. To Make a Claim Correctly

A lawyer can make sure you have made the claim correctly and within the necessary time frames. You need to make a claim within 6 months from the date of your injury.

2. To Review Your Statements

You need a lawyer to review any statement before you give it to an insurer. Once you have made a claim, an insurer will appoint an investigator. What you say to an investigator can have a big impact on your claim. This is an information gathering exercise for the insurer and they are trying to find any reason to decline your claim.

3. To Ensure You’re Paid Correctly

A lawyer can help you get the correct compensation payment. Once payments commence, you need to know if you are being paid correctly. The amount of compensation for weekly payments is very technical and the insurer often gets it wrong.

4. To Ensure You’re Compensated Correctly

The same for payment of medical expenses, often an insurer will just verbally say they won’t pay for treatment such as physiotherapy. This is not allowed under the legislation and an insurer must give detailed reasons in writing if they dispute payment for any medical treatment. This can then be challenged by a lawyer on your behalf.

5. To Ensure You Recover Fully Before Returning to Work

An expert workers’ compensation lawyer can advise you on how to handle aggressive tactics. The insurer’s favourite tactic is to be very aggressive in getting people back to work as soon as possible after an injury. Sometimes this is a good thing but sometimes people need to properly recover from an injury before they can go back to work. The insurer or the rehabilitation provider can be very pushy with you and your doctor and you need to know how to handle the insurer if this happens to you.

6. To Protect Your Rights

A lawyer can advise you on whether you need to take a medical assessment. The insurer looks to decline claims whenever possible by arranging “independent” medical assessments. These are anything but independent. An insurer can only arrange such assessments under certain circumstances and you need to know if you are required by law to attend the insurers medical assessment.

7. To Make Your Best Claim

A lawyer will also generally advise you on your rights to compensation following a work injury. In certain circumstances, you may be entitled to bring a claim against someone other than your employer. This is often a much better claim than basic workers’ compensation.

8. To Assess Your Percentage WPI

You need a lawyer to help you assess your percentage level of Whole Person impairment (WPI) when your condition is stable. The percentage WPI you obtain has a profound effect on how much compensation you can claim and for how long payments are made. It is critical to any worker’s compensation claim.

9. To Determine Your Claim for Work Injury Damages

A lawyer will also discuss with you whether you may have a claim for Work Injury Damages, this is a claim in negligence against your employer also known as a common law claim. This type of claim can be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars and you need an expert workers’ compensation lawyer to guide you if you make this type of claim.

How to Pick the Right Workers Compensation Lawyer

In almost all cases, your workers’ compensation lawyer will obtain more compensation for you than you can obtain on your own.

There are no legal costs in workers’ compensation claims, all legal fees are payable by SIRA (the new WorkCover). One meeting with a lawyer could save you time, effort, and a lot of money.

There are a few things you need to ask when picking a compensation lawyer:

  • Do they have years of experience?
  • Do they offer a free consultation?
  • Do they offer a no-win no-fee costs agreement?
  • Are they an Accredited Specialist?

If your lawyer is an Accredited Specialist, it means that they are an expert in their profession. In order to gain special accreditation, your lawyer will have passed an independent exam which tests their skills and experiences, they also must undergo a peer interview conducted by other experts. Accredited specialists are highly regarded in the profession and are accredited by the NSW Law Society.

If you would like to know more about hiring an expert workers’ compensation lawyer, how to pick a lawyer, or any legal advice in relation to an injury claim please do not hesitate to contact us as follows;

  1. Complete our FREE case assessment form HERE
  2. Email us at info@garlingandco.com.au
  3. Give us a call on (02) 8518 1120 and talk to our specialised lawyers

Insurance companies and their employees won’t tell you everything you need to know to get all the compensation you’re entitled to. You need to fight back by arming yourself with all the knowledge you can. Read this 6-point guide which will help you understand your rights and entitlements under Workers’ Compensation legislation when making a successful claim for work injury compensation or damages.

Garling & Co Lawyers

Matthew Garling

Matthew Garling is an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law approved by New South Wales Law Society. He is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of NSW and the High Court of Australia. Matthew is also a member of...
Kimberly B.
23:14 14 Feb 24
Mathew is very knowledgable and has been of great assistance to me. All the staff are friendly and helpful. I'm so happy I found this firm.Thank you Mathew and team for your great work in my case.... I am 100% happy with what you achieved for me.read more
Julie M.
10:16 16 Jan 24
My last stage of Workers compensation claim was managed by Emma Perkins, Natasha Stojanovic, Rebecca Dunshea and Kelli Robinson at Garling and Co. Lawyers who went the extra mile with their service... from the beginning to the end of 3 years of my case. I have become very anxious with almost everything after a workplace injury and a lot of times I probably ask more questions than I need to, but Emma Perkins always finds clear answers to my questions in a short time and explains to me patiently even using her mealtime or between her meeting and make me feel that I have been very well take care and supported. I am so grateful and extremely satisfied. The excellent service, attitude, and culture of Metthew Garling and his team are second to none with a very high success rate. If you going to battle with your workplace injury for a short or long period, you are better off with Garling and Co. lawyers who are able back you up every step of the way. I strongly recommend it to anybody who needs their service like me. Julieread more
patrick P.
01:46 19 Dec 23
I like to say that I had a very wonderful experience,And the support, and also understanding with all my requests,I could not ask for a better team!Thank you Emma and also her assistant Rebecca... thank youread more
Kazi H.
13:38 13 Dec 23
Work cover fund is GOVT’S money but insurer think that it is from their 14th generation. So only they can have it. Not only that, people from the work, IME doctor from insurer, back to work... coordinator from work, Rehab provider from any side push the worker as hard as possible that the worker (doesn’t matter how the workers mental or psychical condition) either go back to his pre injury duty or leave the job.More over on that very bumpy any difficult journey some of them only treat the worker as a MONEY MAKING MECHINE .in some point worker feels like, no rooms to breath. On that moment need someone to support legally, someone to care, someone to relive.On my case I believe that, somehow, I manage to make my God happy. That’s why God sends me to Matthew Gerling and his team Allison, Rebecca and Nathan, and all of GARLING & co Lawyers.I am not good enough in English, can’t express my gratitude.Matthew, Allison, Rebecca and Nathan, please accept my appreciation and pass it to others.read more
Carol L.
01:32 29 Nov 23
Professional, understanding and friendly
Sean G.
23:21 14 Nov 23
Matthew Garling and everyone I spoke to at Garling and Co were kind, caring and compassionate. They were sensitive to my psychological condition and were patient in explaining everything to me, so... that I clearly understood the legal process. I am exceptionally grateful for the settlement outcome that Garling and Co obtained for me. Many thanks.read more
waqas A.
08:33 13 Nov 23
Great Experience with Garling & Co. Matthew explained everything in detail during the first appointment. Allison, Nathan, Rebecca and the staff have been extremely helpful. Thank You to the team and... lawyers at Garling & Co. for making the long process easy for me and getting an excellent outcome for my compensation claim.I would highly recommend Garling & Co. Lawyersread more
Saskia L.
21:42 08 Nov 23
The world of workers compensation is long, hard and confusing, but Emma and Rebecca at Garling & Co always treated my case with kindness, respect and understanding. No question was ever silly and... they always had time to make sure I knew what would happen next and how we could best prepare. I am so thankful for their expertise and could not have chosen anyone better to represent me.read more
Antonio P.
08:46 06 Nov 23
Thank you Matthew and his team for taking care of my case couldn’t ask for a better results and couldn’t have better team to do that thank you
Julie M.
00:40 06 Nov 23
Garlic & Co Lawyers have been wonderful, supporting me through some difficult times. With their assistance, positive outcomes were achieved. Many thanks to the Team.Julie
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Kimberly B.
23:14 14 Feb 24
Mathew is very knowledgable and has been of great assistance to me. All the staff are friendly and helpful. I'm so happy I found this firm.Thank you Mathew and team for your great work in my case.... I am 100% happy with what you achieved for me.read more
Julie M.
10:16 16 Jan 24
My last stage of Workers compensation claim was managed by Emma Perkins, Natasha Stojanovic, Rebecca Dunshea and Kelli Robinson at Garling and Co. Lawyers who went the extra mile with their service... from the beginning to the end of 3 years of my case. I have become very anxious with almost everything after a workplace injury and a lot of times I probably ask more questions than I need to, but Emma Perkins always finds clear answers to my questions in a short time and explains to me patiently even using her mealtime or between her meeting and make me feel that I have been very well take care and supported. I am so grateful and extremely satisfied. The excellent service, attitude, and culture of Metthew Garling and his team are second to none with a very high success rate. If you going to battle with your workplace injury for a short or long period, you are better off with Garling and Co. lawyers who are able back you up every step of the way. I strongly recommend it to anybody who needs their service like me. Julieread more
patrick P.
01:46 19 Dec 23
I like to say that I had a very wonderful experience,And the support, and also understanding with all my requests,I could not ask for a better team!Thank you Emma and also her assistant Rebecca... thank youread more
Kazi H.
13:38 13 Dec 23
Work cover fund is GOVT’S money but insurer think that it is from their 14th generation. So only they can have it. Not only that, people from the work, IME doctor from insurer, back to work... coordinator from work, Rehab provider from any side push the worker as hard as possible that the worker (doesn’t matter how the workers mental or psychical condition) either go back to his pre injury duty or leave the job.More over on that very bumpy any difficult journey some of them only treat the worker as a MONEY MAKING MECHINE .in some point worker feels like, no rooms to breath. On that moment need someone to support legally, someone to care, someone to relive.On my case I believe that, somehow, I manage to make my God happy. That’s why God sends me to Matthew Gerling and his team Allison, Rebecca and Nathan, and all of GARLING & co Lawyers.I am not good enough in English, can’t express my gratitude.Matthew, Allison, Rebecca and Nathan, please accept my appreciation and pass it to others.read more
Carol L.
01:32 29 Nov 23
Professional, understanding and friendly
Sean G.
23:21 14 Nov 23
Matthew Garling and everyone I spoke to at Garling and Co were kind, caring and compassionate. They were sensitive to my psychological condition and were patient in explaining everything to me, so... that I clearly understood the legal process. I am exceptionally grateful for the settlement outcome that Garling and Co obtained for me. Many thanks.read more
waqas A.
08:33 13 Nov 23
Great Experience with Garling & Co. Matthew explained everything in detail during the first appointment. Allison, Nathan, Rebecca and the staff have been extremely helpful. Thank You to the team and... lawyers at Garling & Co. for making the long process easy for me and getting an excellent outcome for my compensation claim.I would highly recommend Garling & Co. Lawyersread more
Saskia L.
21:42 08 Nov 23
The world of workers compensation is long, hard and confusing, but Emma and Rebecca at Garling & Co always treated my case with kindness, respect and understanding. No question was ever silly and... they always had time to make sure I knew what would happen next and how we could best prepare. I am so thankful for their expertise and could not have chosen anyone better to represent me.read more
Antonio P.
08:46 06 Nov 23
Thank you Matthew and his team for taking care of my case couldn’t ask for a better results and couldn’t have better team to do that thank you
Julie M.
00:40 06 Nov 23
Garlic & Co Lawyers have been wonderful, supporting me through some difficult times. With their assistance, positive outcomes were achieved. Many thanks to the Team.Julie
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Member of Law Society of New South Wales
Law Society of NSW Specialist Accreditation
University of Sydney
Legal Profession Admission Board of New South Wales
The law society of nsw professional standards scheme logo.
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