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Workplace injury is not uncommon in Western Australia. What do you do after your workplace injury could make a big difference in your future prospects. Some people choose to do nothing and suffer the consequences later in life, and some people who take a proactive approach and can move on with their lives quickly.
Once you are hurt, most people often worry about their ability to earn income while they are recovering. In western Australia, workplace injury is covered by a no-fault compensation system. This means, you should expect your income to continue while you are off work due to workplace injury. If you are unsure how to apply for your weekly payments of compensation while on workers compensation claim, a good workers compensation claims lawyer should be able to advise you ways to get your entitlement.
Some injury maybe more severe than others. The workers compensation weekly payment only covers injured workers up to a maximum amount called the prescribed amount. For some more severe injuries which is due to the negligence of their employer, a common law action may be possible. In the case of a common law proceeding in Western Australia, the injured worker will need to prove negligence and prove their level of whole person impairment is not less than 15%. Before going to trial workers in this type of workers compensation cases will often go through lengthy negotiation with their employer or lawyers acting for the employer or the employer’s insurance company. The purpose of the negotiation is to reach a settlement amount which satisfy both the injured worker and the employer. For this type of cases, an experienced compensation lawyer will often be necessary to assist with your claim. Otherwise, an injured worker will often have to face lawyers who have spent significant amount of the career in negotiation against workers.
Many people often worry that making a workers compensation claim will impact their future career prospect with an existing employer. This maybe the case for some employers, but not necessarily true for some other employers. In the end of the day, whether or not to make a workers compensation claim is a personal decision, and it should be considered with a balanced approach.
If you have doubt on whether or not to make a workers compensation claim in Western Australia, you should talk to an experienced compensation lawyer. The best compensation lawyer should be able to talk to you about what is going to happen if you make a claim, so that you can decide based on full understanding on what you are going to be facing if you made a claim. In addition, if you are consulted with an experienced lawyer, they can often tell you what your likely payout, so that you can evaluate if going through the exercise of workers compensation claim is worthwhile process for you.
The key take away is that the worst thing to do after a workplace injury is doing nothing. The smart thing to is to consult an experienced workers compensation lawyer to get a better understanding of your options, so that you could make an informed decision.
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