Our specialist personal injury solicitor's deal with compensation claims for injury caused at work or connected with the workplace including locations outside the official workplace when going about company business including motor accidents whilst travelling on behalf of an employer. There are time limits and you should contact a workers compensation solicitor as soon as possible after any accident. There are several categories of workplace injury for which an employer may be liable including :-
Accidental injury encompasses all manner of personal injury caused in the workplace and includes faulty machinery, unsafe premises and inadequate work system. It is an employer's duty to look after the Health & Safety of employees and an employer is liable not only for their own acts and omissions but also for the behaviour of fellow employees whose conduct may cause injury to another employee because of carelessness or negligence, inadequate training or lack of knowledge. Machinery accidents are common place and are usually caused by equipment failure or inadequate training on the use of the particular machine. Employers are expected to carry out a risk assessment of any hazardous procedure and in particular are expected to reduce manual handling to a minimum except where practicalities make it unreasonable or impossible. Workers compensation solicitors are able to pursue many of these accidental injury cases with success.
Industrial disease includes hazards such as asbestos which causes mesothelioma, dust which causes silicosis, pneumoconiosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and hazardous chemicals including liquids and gasses many of which are carcinogenic. An employer is expected to provide adequate protection for employees including barrier creams, hazard suits and ventilation for handling these dangerous materials. Failure to do so will ensure that a workers compensation solicitor can make a claim for compensation.
Employees exposed to repetitive practices without adequate rest periods may suffer from repetitive strain injury (RSI) which occurs throughout the world of work and is not restricted to factory assembly worker employees with office staff just as vulnerable to RSI particularly typists and those inputting data at a workstation.
Vibration is another hazard that employers are expected remove so far as is reasonably possible. Exposure to vibrating hand held tools may cause Vibration White Finger (VWF) and Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) whereas Whole Body Vibration Syndrome (WBVS) is caused by an employee sitting for long periods of time on vibrating machinery such as agricultural implements, speedboats and trucks.
If you are injured in a car accident whilst carry out company business there are circumstances where the employer is liable to pay compensation for negligence. For example if you are a passenger in a vehicle driven by a co-worker whilst at work, under the vicarious liability rules, the employer is responsible for the negligence of the driver. Contact a firm of workers compensation solicitors for further information.
In addition if you are injured in the workplace by a company motor vehicle which includes commercial vehicles and fork lift trucks, the employer is vicariously liable for careless driving by a co-worker.
The law on recovery of workers compensation differs from state to state across Australia. Our workers compensation solicitors are able to advise you on the steps you must take to make a success workers compensation claim. For advise at no cost and with no further obligation, just call the helpline.LAWYER HELPLINE: ☎ 1800 339 958