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What You Need to Know If You Have Been Fired Because of Your Injury

  There are some unfortunate cases where an injured worker chooses not to seek workers’ compensation out of fear that they might lose their job. In this edition of Law by Dan, Senior Associate Jessica Prasser explores this matter.

Received a Work Capacity Decision and not sure what to do? Read on.

If you have a workers’ compensation claim in NSW, and you’re not an exempt worker, at some point during your claim, you will receive a Work Capacity Decision. A Work Capacity Decision will be sent to you in a letter from the insurer. If you’ve received one of these letters and you aren’t sure what… Read More »Received a Work Capacity Decision and not sure what to do? Read on.

Stuck in the waiting room? How long the Insurer can take to make a decision

It can be concerning and frustrating when you are waiting for your Workers’ Compensation Insurer to make a decision regarding your medical treatment.  You may feel like you’re stuck – you know you need the treatment to assist your recovery, but you cannot obtain it until you receive approval – or can you?  Medical treatment… Read More »Stuck in the waiting room? How long the Insurer can take to make a decision

How long do I have to bring a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

  In this podcast, Associate Melissa Arndell discusses the time limits in a workers’ compensation claim. Q I have heard of people who have been unable to bring a claim for personal injury because they are “out of time”.  What does this mean?  A Dan, NSW legislation refers to certain periods of time, known as… Read More »How long do I have to bring a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

Knees knocking? How hurting one knee can hurt the other knee too

Have you suffered a knee injury at work and now also have pain and discomfort in your other knee? You’re not alone. This is something that happens to many injured people. It’s usually caused by the person favouring or protecting their injured knee, which leads to them walking on a lean (called altered walking gait)… Read More »Knees knocking? How hurting one knee can hurt the other knee too

My Case Is Going to Mediation. What Should I Expect?

When you make a claim for Work Injury Damages, you will need to participate in a compulsory Mediation conference before you can move on to the next stage of your claim. Reaching the Mediation is exciting, but nerve-wracking, we know. It’s often the first real opportunity that you have during the process of making a… Read More »My Case Is Going to Mediation. What Should I Expect?

My Case Is Going to Teleconference. What Should I Expect?

When you have a claim for workers’ compensation, on occasion you will be involved in a dispute with the workers’ compensation insurer. A dispute could be over lots of different things. You and the insurer might disagree about whether the insurer should pay for surgery, or whether you are entitled to claim weekly payments for… Read More »My Case Is Going to Teleconference. What Should I Expect?

How to Prepare for Your First Appointment

  In this podcast, Senior Associate Jessica Prasser discusses how to get the most out of your first consultation with a compensation lawyer. Transcript Intro: You’re listening to a Bourke Legal podcast. Dan Toombs: If you have suffered an injury at work in New South Wales, you undoubtedly will have lots of questions. In today’s podcast,… Read More »How to Prepare for Your First Appointment

How NSW Police Officers Can Claim Compensation for Injuries

In this video, Associate Melissa Arndell talks about how police officers can claim compensation for injuries such as physical and psychological injuries.

How to Prepare for a Medical Examination

In this video, Associate Lisa Robertson talks about medical examinations and how you can prepare for them.

Important NSW Workers’ Compensation Time Limits

In this video, Senior Associate Jessica Prasser talks about the important time limits in your NSW workers’ compensation.

Ugh…paperwork! What records should I keep about my injury?

After you’ve sustained an injury, the last thing you feel like doing is sorting through piles of paperwork. Documents from the Insurer, your medical practitioners, receipts and the like may have you feeling overwhelmed. However, keeping thorough records is extremely important for your claim.   Injury documents You will be required to submit many documents… Read More »Ugh…paperwork! What records should I keep about my injury?

How We Help Injured Police Officers

In this video, Bourke Legal Director and Personal Injury Lawyer Brendan Bourke shares how Bourke Legal can help injured police officers.

How Much Will I Receive from a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

In this podcast, Bourke Legal Associate Melissa Arndell discusses how much can an injured worker receive from a workers’ compensation claim.

How to Take Care of Yourself and Your Compensation Claim

In this video, Bourke Legal Director and Personal Injury Lawyer, Pania Watt talks about how you can take care of yourself and your compensation claim.

How Long Will Your NSW Workers’ Compensation Claim Take?

In this video, Senior Associate Jessica Prasser discusses how long will your workers’ compensation claim take in New South Wales.

Why You Need to Keep Records to Recover Out-of-Pocket Expenses in Workers Compensation Matters (NSW)

If you’re injured at work, it’s likely you’ll not only need immediate medical attention but also ongoing treatment to aid in your recovery and rehabilitation. Medical consultations can be expensive, particularly if your injury requires specialist treatment. It’s easy to quickly find yourself significantly out-of-pocket, despite the fact your injury may be covered under a… Read More »Why You Need to Keep Records to Recover Out-of-Pocket Expenses in Workers Compensation Matters (NSW)

How Can an Injured Worker in NSW Afford Legal Advice?

In this podcast, Bourke Legal Associate Melissa Arndell answers the commonly asked question, “How Can an Injured Worker in NSW Afford Legal Advice?”

IRO and NSW Workers’ Compensation

The NSW workers’ compensation scheme – and the legislation which supports it – is difficult to navigate at the best of times.  Not only is the legislation itself difficult to navigate, but different legislation applies to different classes of workers.  For example, Police officers, paramedics and firefighters are subject to different legislation to most. For… Read More »IRO and NSW Workers’ Compensation

Been Injured, Considering Compensation? Time May Be Running

If you’ve been injured in an accident and believe you may be entitled to compensation, it’s important you act as soon as possible. Each Australian state and territory has laws governing how long a person has to make a compensation claim. Generally, the time limit on action for compensation is three years from the date… Read More »Been Injured, Considering Compensation? Time May Be Running

What Should You Do If You’re Injured in a Public Place in NSW?

Every year thousands of people experience a mishap in a public place that leads to injury, serious or otherwise. In many cases, compensation may be available to the injured person to cover the costs of medical treatment, lost income, pain and suffering, domestic assistance and other expenses. Such claims are called public liability claims. Some… Read More »What Should You Do If You’re Injured in a Public Place in NSW?

The Basics of Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) Insurance Claims

For many of us, a serious workplace injury is one of the nightmare scenarios we dread most. Not only are you trying to recover from an injury, but you’re also losing income while you do so. How do you support your family and pay your medical bills if you can no longer work? TPD insurance… Read More »The Basics of Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) Insurance Claims

My Claim Has Been Approved! Now What? How Workers’ Compensation Claims Work in NSW

You were injured at work, you filed a workers’ compensation claim, and your claim has been approved. This is an important first step towards getting the compensation you deserve for your injury; but once your claim is approved, your work has only just begun. Workers’ compensation claims require ongoing management throughout your recovery process. Read on… Read More »My Claim Has Been Approved! Now What? How Workers’ Compensation Claims Work in NSW

What To Do If You Have a Slip and Fall

A slip and fall can happen anywhere, but often occurs in a public place like a shopping centre, supermarket, a restaurant, a pub, or a café. It’s easy to think that a slip and fall won’t cause significant injury, but that is often not the case. A slip and fall generally occurs when the person… Read More »What To Do If You Have a Slip and Fall

What Does Exempt Worker mean?

In NSW, major changes were made to the workers compensation scheme in amendments to the Workers Compensation Act 1987 in 2012, and again in 2015. An “exempt worker” describes those classes of worker to whom these changes do not apply. An exempt worker, being a worker who is exempt from the amendments, is a person who is employed… Read More »What Does Exempt Worker mean?

Returning to work after a work related injury? Here’s 5 hot tips to ensure you get the most out of your claim.

The NSW workers compensation scheme is complicated, particularly if you fall within the class of workers affected by the 2012 amendments to the Workers Compensation Act 1987. If you’re not sure whether this is you (a work related injury) or not, you will be in that class if you are not a Paramedic, a Firefighter or a Police Officer.… Read More »Returning to work after a work related injury? Here’s 5 hot tips to ensure you get the most out of your claim.

What is life insurance?

Life insurance is a policy of insurance intended to protect you, and your family, from suffering financial difficulty after a certain event – for example, if you get sick, suffer an injury, or pass away. Types of Life Insurance 1. Total and Permanent Disablement (TPD) insurance is to provide financial support to you if you suffer an injury… Read More »What is life insurance?

What is whole person impairment?

If you have a claim for workers compensation, during your claim you may be asked to submit to an independent Medical Examination for the purpose of assessing your level of whole person impairment. Whole person impairment (“WPI”), is also referred to as permanent impairment. A whole person impairment assessment is an assessment of the degree… Read More »What is whole person impairment?

What does an Independent Medical Examination (IME) mean

If you have a workers compensation claim, at some point it is very likely that the workers compensation insurer, or your solicitor, will ask you to submit to an Independent Medical Examination, or IME. At Bourke Legal, we see a lot of workers injured in NSW who tell us in their initial appointment, when asked… Read More »What does an Independent Medical Examination (IME) mean

Total and Permanent Disability Claims – Beware! Beware of non-legally trained organisations offering help with your Income Protection or TPD claim.

Recently, our firm has become aware of organisations offering assistance to people suffering an injury or illness and seeking to claim on a policy of insurance they hold for Income Protection, Total and Permanent Disablement claims or Critical Illness/Trauma. These organisations will often describe themselves using terms like “advocate” or an “expert”, and will offer their… Read More »Total and Permanent Disability Claims – Beware! Beware of non-legally trained organisations offering help with your Income Protection or TPD claim.

Can You Sue Your Employer For Negligence?

We often receive enquiries from injured workers asking whether they can sue their former employer in relation to their work related injuries. The short answer is yes, you can – but there are certain restrictions which apply. This type of claim is called a claim for Work Injury Damages. A claim for Work Injury Damages… Read More »Can You Sue Your Employer For Negligence?

My Case Is Going to Teleconference. What Should I Expect?

When you have a claim for workers’ compensation, on occasion you will be involved in a dispute with the workers’ compensation insurer. A dispute could be over lots of different things. You and the insurer might disagree about whether the insurer should pay for surgery, or whether you are entitled to claim weekly payments for… Read More »My Case Is Going to Teleconference. What Should I Expect?

How to Prepare for a Medical Examination

In this video, Associate Lisa Robertson talks about medical examinations and how you can prepare for them.

Ugh…paperwork! What records should I keep about my injury?

After you’ve sustained an injury, the last thing you feel like doing is sorting through piles of paperwork. Documents from the Insurer, your medical practitioners, receipts and the like may have you feeling overwhelmed. However, keeping thorough records is extremely important for your claim.   Injury documents You will be required to submit many documents… Read More »Ugh…paperwork! What records should I keep about my injury?

How to Take Care of Yourself and Your Compensation Claim

In this video, Bourke Legal Director and Personal Injury Lawyer, Pania Watt talks about how you can take care of yourself and your compensation claim.

Been Injured, Considering Compensation? Time May Be Running

If you’ve been injured in an accident and believe you may be entitled to compensation, it’s important you act as soon as possible. Each Australian state and territory has laws governing how long a person has to make a compensation claim. Generally, the time limit on action for compensation is three years from the date… Read More »Been Injured, Considering Compensation? Time May Be Running

What You Need to Know About Workers’ Compensation in QLD

Any worker who is injured in the course of doing their job is protected by Queensland’s workers’ compensation scheme. Administered by WorkSafe Queensland, the no-fault scheme provides support for a worker to help them recover from their injury and return to work as soon as possible. Workers’ compensation can provide weekly payments to cover lost… Read More »What You Need to Know About Workers’ Compensation in QLD

The Basics of Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) Insurance Claims

For many of us, a serious workplace injury is one of the nightmare scenarios we dread most. Not only are you trying to recover from an injury, but you’re also losing income while you do so. How do you support your family and pay your medical bills if you can no longer work? TPD insurance… Read More »The Basics of Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) Insurance Claims

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