Workers compensation

Help when you need it most.

The last thing you expect as you leave the house for work is that you might end up injured while doing your job. Even worse, is the thought of a loved one getting hurt while they are at work. But the reality is, a lot of people end up in this situation – and understandably it can be quite stressful.

How we can help you:

If you have been injured at work or become sick because of your job, our expert lawyers can help you access compensation, on a no win, no fee basis. That means no stress or burden of up-front legal fees to worry about.

Why trust us to help you?

Our principal lawyer Rachel Schutze talks about why every case is personal.

What kind of compensation you may be entitled to:

  • Weekly payments (or your wages on WorkCover)
  • Medical and related expenses
  • Lump sum benefit for permanent impairment
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Loss of wages
  • A death benefits or dependency claim.

If you are a worker and you are injured on the job, it is essential that you understand what compensation is available to you.

Some compensation in the WorkCover system can be accessed on a no-fault basis, so it doesn’t matter who caused or contributed to your injury.

Your employer has a duty of care to provide you with a safe workplace. If that is breached, and you have sustained a serious injury, you may be entitled to pursue compensation for your pain and suffering, and loss of income.

Remember, WorkCover provides umbrella protection for all workers in Victoria. You don’t need special insurance or private arrangements to access this safety net.

You can read our lawyer, Rachel Schutze explaining some of the myths surrounding the WorkCover system.

What kind of injuries are covered?

Some of the most common injuries we see are from lifting, bending, twisting or manual handling. But injuries don’t always happen in an instant, with many workers becoming injured over a period of time, with either physical or psychological injuries.

For us every case is personal.

Our lawyers have decades of experience in handling difficult cases and understand the unique nature of this kind of work. We also know Workplace accidents can be deeply traumatic for those involved – our lawyers won’t bombard you with paperwork or process.

How much will it cost?

We can help you get the compensation you deserve on a no win, no fee basis.

That means you don’t have the added burden or stress of up-front legal fees. You simply focus on you your family and your health and leave the fight to us.

Call us on 1800 21 22 23 for a free initial discussion with one of our lawyers today.

The fine print:

It is important you know that there are strict time limits under the WorkCover legislation.

If you suffer an injury at work, you must report your injury to your employer within 30 days and you should lodge your WorkCover claim as soon as practicable after your injury – we can help with this.

If the WorkCover insurer makes a decision that you do not agree with, you are entitled to dispute that decision by lodging a Request for Conciliation within 60 days of the date of the decision – our expert lawyers can assist you with this process.

A common law claim for damages must be brought within 6 years of the date of injury. In some circumstances the time limits can be extended, so it is important to obtain legal advice as soon as possible – another reason why you need an excellent lawyer on your side.

Read more about WorkCover

Workers compensation experts

Rachel Schutze
Rachel Schutze
Principal Lawyer
Rachel Schutze
Principal Lawyer

Rachel is one of Victoria’s leading plaintiff personal injury lawyers. She has achieved significant financial outcomes for plaintiffs in WorkCover actions, and is also experienced in acting for people with injuries that occur in public places or on private property, as well as general insurance claims.
 
Rachel holds a Masters of Law.  She has a personal and professional commitment to South West Victoria, has served on community Boards for more than a decade and understands the legal needs of injured people.

Jenny Forti
Jenny Forti
Principal Lawyer
Jenny Forti
Principal Lawyer

Jenny is an accredited specialist in personal injury law. She is dedicated to representing injured people in their fight to access compensation.

Jenny is committed to upholding the values of the union movement and applies her legal skills to the wider community through her role as a volunteer lawyer at the Western Community Legal Centre, West Justice.

Victoria Keays
Victoria Keays
Principal Lawyer
Victoria Keays
Principal Lawyer

Victoria is an accredited specialist in personal injury law with a particular interest in asbestos litigation. Victoria has over 10 years’ experience in representing those suffering from all forms of asbestos diseases; including mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis and asbestos related pleural disease. Victoria is also passionate about achieving compensation for those afflicted by other occupational diseases, such as silicosis and occupational lung cancer.

Victoria has represented clients in a number of jurisdictions around Australia and has been recognised by Doyle’s Guide as a leading lawyer in the area of Dust Diseases.

Anastasia Eleftheriou
Anastasia Eleftheriou
Principal Lawyer
Anastasia Eleftheriou
Principal Lawyer

Anastasia is an accredited specialist in personal injury law. She has 10 years’ experience in Workers’ Compensation fighting for the rights of injured workers against large companies and insurers. She has also acted for people injured in motor vehicle accidents as well as in public and private premises.
 
Anastasia has served as a committee member of the Victorian Branch for the Australian Lawyers Alliance.

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