Workers’ compensation is an insurance scheme that provides compensation to those who suffer an injury as a result of their work.
Whether or not a sole trader is entitled to access benefits under the Victorian workers’ compensation scheme will depend on their particular circumstances.
What needs to be considered is whether the sole trader is covered by a Workcover insurance policy. This might be a policy taken out by the sole trader themselves or a policy held by the company that the sole trader is contracting their services to.
What also needs to be taken into account, is the nature of the relationship between the sole trader and the company they are performing work for. Relevant considerations include the proportion of work done by the sole trader for that company, who provides the equipment to be used to complete the work, who sets the hours of work and who directs the manner in which the work is to be performed.
If a sole trader has an accepted workers’ compensation claim they might be able to claim the following expenses and entitlements:
A worker who has an accepted workers compensation claim, will be entitled to access compensation by way of weekly payments and medical expenses within approximately 6 weeks of lodging their claim.
Lump sum compensation can be obtained after 12 months has passed from the date of the worker’s injury depending on whether their injury has stabilised.
However, each case is different. The time taken to resolve a compensation claim will be influenced by many factors including the ongoing need for significant treatment required by the worker.
Gordon Legal’s workers’ compensation lawyers have extensive experience in representing injured workers across any industry.
We are able to meet you in person, speak to you on the telephone or by video call.
We pride ourselves on our ability to support you and keep you informed throughout the workers’ compensation claim process and will take all the steps required to ensure that your entitlements are maximised.
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