LEGAL HELP FOR ALAEA MEMBERS
The ALAEA, in conjunction with our recommended law firm, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, provide members with legal assistance in a range of legal areas including:
• Workers Compensation
• Hearing Loss
• Road Accident Injuries
Maurice Blackburn offer ALAEA members and their families:
• Free first consultation
• No win – No charge*
• Free standard Will
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If you have suffered an injury in the course of your work, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. The claims process and compensation entitlements vary state by state so you should speak to the ALAEA, or their recommended lawyers Maurice Blackburn, for guidance on the specific process and entitlements in your state.
How can I claim compensation?
If you’re injured at work, to lodge a worker’s compensation claim:
- Notify your employer of your injury as soon as possible. Where possible advise them in writing and ensure it is recorded in the injury log book in your workplace.
- Visit your doctor as soon as possible after incident. Ensure you get the appropriate Medical Certificate to lodge a workers compensation claim if you require time off work.
- Lodge a claim form (along with your Medical Certificate if needed) with your employer and / or the relevant Workers Compensation insurer in your state. The ALAEA or Maurice Blackburn can advise you of who you need to lodge your claim form with in your state.
- If your claim is denied you can dispute the decision. It is important to get advice quickly, you should speak to your ALAEA delegate or Maurice Blackburn Lawyers.
What compensation am I entitled to?
Depending on the state in which you work, if you sustain an injury at work, or while traveling to or from work, you may be entitled to:
- Payment of reasonable necessary medical, rehabilitation and medication expenses. Travel to and from medical and rehabilitation appointments can also be claimed.
- Weekly payments for lost wages when you are totally unable to work or you are unable to work to your pre-injury level due to your injury.
- A lump sum for whole person permanent impairment
- In some states you can make a common law claim for damages if the injury was the employer or someone else’s fault.
Claims for a worker’s dependants
- If a family member has been killed in a work related incident, the dependants of the worker are able to claim compensation. Depending on the state this may include a lump sum, weekly pension and reasonable medical and funeral costs.
When do I need to make a claim?
There are strict time limits for making claims depending upon the state in which the accident occurred. These time limits vary so it is essential that you seek legal advice as soon as possible.
How can I get help?
As part of your union membership Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, the union’s recommended law firm, can help you to make a claim for an injury sustained during the course of your work. Contact the ALAEA on (02) 9554 9399 for a referral to Maurice Blackburn.
Hearing loss claims
Often hearing protection provided to workers by employers isn’t adequate and long term exposure to loud noise can result in hearing loss, even jobs that may not seem ‘noisy’.
If you have suffered hearing loss as a result of your employment you may be entitled to seek lump sum compensation.
Can I claim?
You can claim if you have suffered from permanent hearing loss and if you are working for, or have worked for a noisy employer. The level of hearing loss you must have sustained to make you eligible to claim compensation varies by state so you should seek advice from the ALAEA or Maurice Blackburn.
You may still be able to pursue an industrial deafness claim, even if you are retired, however there are strict time limits from when you stop working within which to make a claim.
In some states you may be able to pursue the reasonable and necessary costs of hearing aids if it is determined that they are needed.
Who should I contact?
As part of your union membership Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, the union’s recommended law firm, can help you to make a hearing loss claim. Contact the ALAEA on (02) 9554 9399 for a referral to Maurice Blackburn.
Road Accident Injuries
Accidents involving motor vehicles of various kinds can happen at work. If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident (whether you were at work or not) you may be able to make a claim for compensation through the relevant motor vehicle accident insurer in your state. This can sometimes be in addition to your workers compensation claim, if the accident occurred in the course of your employment.
What types of accidents are covered?
Claims for motor vehicle accidents are not limited to car accidents. You are entitled to claim for accidents involving motorcycles, trams, trains, trucks, buses, bicycles and heavy work vehicles. You are also entitled to make a claim if you are a pedestrian involved in an accident.
You may be able to make a claim even if you were the driver at fault.
What can I claim?
Depending on the state in which the accident occurred, you may be able to claim a variety of compensation payments including:
• Medical expenses
• Out of pocket expenses
• Loss of wages or salary
• Damages for pain and suffering
• Care and assistance provided to you by your family and friends
You may also make a claim if you were dependent on a person who died as a result of a motor vehicle accident.
These claims can be subject to thresholds and limitations depending on the State in which the accident occurred.
When do I need to make a claim?
There are strict time limits for making depending upon the State in which the accident occurred. These time limits vary from one month to three years so it is essential that you seek legal advice as soon as possible.
How can I get help?
As part of your union membership Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, the union’s recommended law firm, can help you to make a claim for an injury sustained in a road accident. Contact the ALAEA on (02) 9554 9399 for a referral to Maurice Blackburn.