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At Monaco Compensation Lawyers (MCL) we have an exclusive team of workers compensation lawyers who deal only with workers compensation claims.
This practice group is supervised by senior lawyers who are accredited as specialists in personal injury law and have many years of experience in this field. Our lawyers are widely known in the industry due to their track record of success. Over the years, we have finalized thousands of claims on behalf of our clients. We are dedicated to supporting our clients at every stage of the process. As part of our service, we provide Free Initial Advice and a No Win No Fee Guarantee.
We will now provide answers to the most common questions regarding Motor Vehicle Accidents
Do I have a claim?
If you have been injured at work, as a result of work or during work activities, you will likely be eligible to make a workers compensation claim.
Employers in New South Wales are required to have compulsory workers compensation insurance for employees in their workplace. Benefits are available under this scheme regardless of who was at fault.
The benefits extend to:
- Casual employees;
- Full time and part time employees;
- Self employed individuals in some cases; and
- People who may be deemed to be workers.
If you are unsure or just want to find out about your rights, contact Monaco Compensation Lawyers ('MCL') for a free consultation on 1300 769 665 or use this contact form.
What do I do if I have been hurt at work or during work hours?
There are several steps you should take if you have been hurt at work, including:
- Getting medical attention right away, even if your injuries appear to be minor;
- Notifying your employer as soon as possible of your workplace accident and/or injury;
- Ask your treating doctor for a WorkCover Medical Certificate; and
- Completing a workers compensation claim form which the employer is required to provide on request.
To avoid losing your right to claim compensation, it is important to seek prompt legal advice sooner rather than later. Call us for a free consultation today to see how we can help you on 1300 769 665.
How can MCL help me?
MCL specialises in workers compensation. Over the years, we have finalised thousands of claims on behalf of our clients. (See our recent wins) Our specialist legal team is in constant contact with our panel of medical and other experts, who assist us in investigating and preparing our clients’ claims.
Following the initial conference, our lawyers will:
- Evaluate your potential entitlements, including statutory and/or common law claims;
- Gather necessary evidence, such as records relating to your employment, vocational history;
- Help you prepare the necessary documents to put the insurer on notice of your claim;
- Liaise with the WorkCover Independent Review Office (WIRO) through which funding for your legal costs can be obtained (Our lawyers are approved legal services providers by WIRO).
- Obtain all the necessary medical and other expert evidence in support of your claim;
- Lodge a claim with the Workers Compensation Commission ('WCC') in the event of a dispute with the insurer;
- Ensure that you receive thorough and comprehensive advice at every stage of your claim, including settlement conferences, mediations, court hearings; and
- Ensure you obtain the maximum compensation you deserve to ease your pain and suffering; and
- Advise you on a potential ‘Work Injury Damages' claim
It is therefore important to speak with one of our workers compensation lawyers early on. Call us on 1300 769 665 today for a free consultation on your rights.
Can I get free advice over the phone?
At MCL, our lawyers are more than happy to provide you with free initial advice over the phone. In fact, you will be able to speak to one of our specialists the very first time you call our offices.
After your free initial phone consultation with one of our lawyers, we can arrange an appointment with you at any of our offices.
In some cases, we understand that it may be difficult for you to travel. In this situation, we can always arrange a home or hospital visit.
Things you need to know about the claim process
In New South Wales, there are a number of independent bodies that together manage the no-fault scheme for compensation. Disputes are managed by the Workers Compensation Commission (WCC), an independent statutory tribunal. Disputes do not go through the Courts. Some key points about the scheme are:
- Workers Compensation scheme operates under a no-fault scheme meaning you may be entitled to compensation even if you were at fault;
- Legal funding for preparing your claim can be obtained from the Workers Compensation Independent Review Office (WIRO). This means that WIRO pays your legal costs and expenses directly to your lawyer and you bear no liability for legal costs;
- You may have a further claim against your employer if negligence was involved.
No matter what your case is, we have the resources and dedication to ensure that you get the best possible result. Call us on 1300 769 665 for a free consultation with one of our lawyers to discuss your options.
What sort of compensation am I entitled to under the law?
The law allows you to recover compensation with respect to the following:
- Weekly compensation for loss of earnings;
- Medical expenses;
- Travelling expenses;
- Rehabilitation expenses;
- Permanent impairment in certain circumstances; and
- Further compensation where there was negligence involved
The aim of the law is to put a monetary value on the losses suffered by an injured person. Call us for a free consultation today to discuss your possible entitlements on 1300 769 665.
What it will cost - No Win No Fee Guarantee
Work-related injuries can often leave scars both physical and psychological. They can also lead to financial hardship. Add to this the pressures and uncertainty of litigation, and it can all be a bit too much. It is for these reasons, that:
- We offer No Win No Fee Guarantee;
- We offer free advice at your initial consultation;
- We do not charge for any expenses and will cover all expenses including medical reports and court filing fees, unless we successfully resolve your case;
- Unlike other firms, you do not have to pay us back the money we have spent on your case if you do not win;
- We provide you with a simple and easy to understand contract before we begin the work; and
We provide a clear estimate of our legal fees before we begin the work.
Experiencing financial hardship while your claim is ongoing?
Under some circumstances, claimants can apply for an interim payment. To qualify, they need to demonstrate that they have suffered financial hardship as a result of the accident. At MCL, we have over the years assisted thousands of our clients to apply for such payments. The applications need to be carefully prepared and usually involve a detailed statement by the claimant and documents in support of the application.
The amount of the interim payment depends, to some extent, on the depth of financial hardship as well as the seriousness of injury. While a typical interim payment would be in the range of $20,000 to $40,000, we have also been successful in attaining interim relief to the value of $100,000 in some cases.
In most cases, insurers will look favorably at such applications, especially those that are well prepared and documented. Sometimes however, an application for an interim payment may be declined. The claimant then has the option to challenge this decision by making a further application to the District Court of Western Australia.
The flexibility, which the interim payment option provides, allows us to help our clients to meet their financial obligation and avoid financial hardship whilst we continue working on their claim.
What else can I claim – Superannuation/Total and Permanent Disability
Many superannuation policies provide cover for those who are totally and permanently disabled due to an incident. This cover will usually be in the form of a lump sum payment that is provided on top of any claims, such as a claim for compensation.
Further, you may be able to receive some funds through a personal insurance policy. For example, this may be the case if you have life insurance, income protection insurance, or sickness and accident insurance, which may include provisions for compensation should you be injured in an accident.
At MCL, we have a senior team of lawyers that are specialised in Superannuation/Total and Permanent Disability who can determine whether you are covered under policy. For more information about superannuation claims, please visit superannuation page. Call us today to talk to one of our experts at 1300 769 665.
Why choose MCL?
MCL is one of Australia’s premier medical negligence law firms. We are confident in our abilities. That is why we provide a ‘No Win No Fee Guarantee’ to all of our clients. This means that you will only need to pay us for our work if and when your claim is successfully finalised.
Our lawyers have the expertise and experience to take on the big insurance companies, which usually represent medical service providers in these claims. We have the financial muscle to go the distance against the limitless resources that can be deployed by these insurance companies.
At MCL you will have your own lawyer, who will always be available to answer your questions and provide advice in relation to your medical negligence claim.