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Builders and construction workers, by nature, work in a very hazardous industry, and injuries from a construction accident or building accident are a common occurrence.

At Garling, our construction accident lawyers, have dealt with hundreds of workers compensation claims involving a construction site injury and have extensive experience in managing construction industry claims.

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Injuries on construction sites are common

What should I do if I am injured on a construction site?

You should immediately seek medical assistance if you are involved in construction accidents. You are also likely to be entitled to claim workers compensation. You need to obtain a medical Certificate of Capacity from your general practitioner or the hospital you attended and provide it to your employer as soon as possible.

This certificate is medical evidence of your injury and or illness. Your employer is required to forward the medical certificate to the workers compensation insurer to commence your claim.

Previous claims from a construction accident have included;

  • falls from and collapsing of scaffolding
  • heavy lifting injuries
  • trips and falls
  • lacerations, amputations and crush injuries caused by equipment and power tools
  • electrocution or electric shock caused by faulty machinery switches or overhead power lines
  • being hit by falling objects
  • exposure to chemicals that may result in burns, poisoning or respiratory illness
  • injuries caused by other trades on-site or being struck by machinery, including forklifts and cranes.

We have a team of experienced construction compensation lawyers who can assist you with your construction accident claim.

Can I sue for negligence?

If you have sustained an injury on a construction site as a worker, then you may have a right to claim common law damages against your employer. This claim is a Work Injury Damages claim. A Work Injury Damages claim is made when an injured worker sues their employer for damages due to negligence. This claim is to cover past and future loss of income.

To claim Work Injury Damages, your injury must be as a result of the negligence of your employer, and you must have a whole person impairment of at least 15%. You will need the assistance of an experienced lawyer to make this type of claim.

Your construction accident injury could also be the fault of another trade or builder on-site. You can sue the company responsible for your injury; this is a public liability claim.

What is the claim process for a construction site injury?

  1. If you think you may have a claim from a construction accident, then please contact us by email or phone to discuss your matter. Our building accident lawyers provide you with free advice on your options.
  2. If we believe you have a claim for workers compensation, on will assist in ensuring you obtain appropriate compensation for your injuries.
  3. We obtain the necessary evidence to win your claim. This is done by one of our experienced construction accident lawyers.
  4. We pursue your claim and fight until you receive the compensation you deserve.
  5. You receive your compensation in your bank account.

What types of workers are covered under construction site workers compensation claims?

NSW Workers Compensation covers injured construction workers who are employees including part-time and casual workers and, in many cases, sub-contractors are also entitled to receive workers compensation for injuries sustained whilst on a construction site. If you work for one contractor, you can be deemed to be an employee and able to recover workers compensation.

How long do I have to make a construction site workers compensation claim?

You should report any injury sustained to your employer and the head builder as soon as possible following your injury.

You should then consult your general practitioner and obtain a medical certificate of capacity which outlines the injuries you have sustained, the treatment you require and your capacity for work. This should be provided to your employer as soon as possible following your injury. Any substantial delay, usually over six months, may prevent you from making a claim.

What type of compensation can I receive if I am injured on a construction site?

If you make a claim for workers compensation, you are entitled to receive money for loss of income and payment of medical expenses.

You are also entitled to receive a lump sum amount of compensation if you have sustained a permanent impairment because of your injuries. This is known as a claim for whole person impairment. A percentage of whole person impairment is determined by a doctor. You are entitled to a lump sum amount of money depending on the level of your impairment (it must exceed 10% whole person impairment) and the date of your injury.

Lump-sum compensation for impairment is usually somewhere between $30,000.00 and $60,000.00 depending on the nature and extent of your injury.

Payment of lump-sum compensation for whole person impairment is paid in addition to receiving the weekly payments and medical expenses.

Do workers compensation entitlements vary between states and territories?

Yes, workers compensation laws and entitlements vary between states and territories in Australia. Each state has its own worker’s compensation scheme, and the compensation payable varies greatly depending on which state your injury was sustained.

At Garling & Co our building accident lawyers only act for people who have sustained an injury in NSW.

Why Garling & Co Lawyers?

At Garling & Co Lawyers, your claim will be handled by an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law who have at least 10 years plus experience in Workers Compensation Law. You will be looked after by an expert in construction workplace injury law.

We also offer no win no fee arrangements for these types of claims which means that you do not have to pay for our legal services if you do not win.

Please contact us today to book a free consultation with our personal injury lawyers and find out how we can help you.

Would you like assistance with your construction accident claims?

Complete our free, no obligation confidential case assessment form and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours.

Alternatively, we are available to talk by phone and email. Please contact our experienced accredited specialist personal injury lawyers to find out how we can help.

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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

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What will it cost me?

Working in the construction industry and need to speak with a construction accident attorney? Luckily, there are no upfront legal fees payable in workers compensation matters. We provide a free consultation to see if you have a claim from a construction accident or building accident. If you do have a claim, then workers compensation costs are covered by a Government scheme, like legal aid, known as ILARS. This scheme will fund the payment of your legal costs and disbursements with a construction accident lawyer.

2. Why Garling & Co Lawyers?

Garling & Co Lawyers are one of NSW’s leading work-related injury law firms and have experienced lawyers acting on behalf of construction workers. We have a 98% success rate and are here to help you through the entire claims process for construction accidents and building accidents. Reach out to a Garling & Co construction accident lawyer today!

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