If you’ve been involved in a workplace accident in Australia, you may be entitled to workers compensation. Whether you’ve suffered physical or psychological trauma, you can take the right steps to make sure you get back what you deserve.
Workers compensation applies to a number of different circumstances:
- An accident in the workplace that led to a permanent or temporary injury
- Sustained injuries that are caused – or worsened – by occupational activities
As of September 2018, SafeWork reported a total of 95 deaths this year that took place in workplaces across Australia. With fatality rates in the agricultural sector currently standing at 14.6 deaths for every 100,000 workers, it’s important that those affected by workplace negligence understand the steps they need to take.
Accidents aren’t just common in manufacturing, construction and agricultural industries, either. Injuries can occur across just about every sector and each job comes with its own unique health and safety concerns.
The Steps to Take after a Workplace Accident
Step 1: Report the Injury
Report the incident immediately. Many employees neglect this step if the injury seems minor, but even minor injuries can turn out to be more severe if not addressed.
Your report will indicate that there is a hazard that needs to be addressed, and may be used for reference if you later make a claim. Leaving a significant delay before alerting your workplace about the injury may work against you.
Step 2: Seek Medical Attention
See a doctor and let them know your injury was sustained at work. Make sure your doctor specifies this in your records, because insurance companies will want your records to state that the injury was work-related from the first appointment.
Step 3: Inform your Employer in Writing
Present a written notice to your employer that contains all vital details of your accident and injury. This should include a short description of the accident, with the date it occurred and anything else that might be relevant.
Step 4: Keep your Own Record
As soon as the injury occurs, you should start creating a diary to log expenses to you. Things like medical bills, travel expenses and loss of earnings that stem from the incident are all important. This will assist insurance companies when calculating the compensation you deserve.
Step 5: Contact a Lawyer
Navigating the workers compensation law is difficult, so it’s a good idea to have an expert on your side. u-Law can help you file your claim to make sure you’re fairly compensated for any injuries and missed work.