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If you have suffered injury, loss or damage as a result of an accident on the road, at work or a public place you may be entitled to compensation. Find out how we can help you, contact us today.
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The workplace compensation laws in Queensland provide injured workers with an avenue to receive fair and reasonable compensation. The trouble is that the law in this area is quite complex and can be difficult to negotiate successfully without specific knowledge and experience. One wrong turn in this area of law can be fatal to your claim for workers' compensation benefits and also for a claim for damages against your employer. If you have suffered a workplace injury, you have rights and entitlements that you are probably not aware of.
There are many potential traps and pitfalls along the path of a Workcover claim. Employees who are unsuspecting and don’t know any better, without guidance on their workers' compensation claims, may miss out on a benefit or an entitlement.
There are many things that they need to know to ensure they receive all of the entitlements
When someone has suffered an injury at work, there are many things that they need to know to ensure they receive all of the entitlements provided for them in the legislation. If this is you, there are many things which you should do and equally many things that you should not do to ensure you receive your maximum entitlements. We ensure that each of our clients get the advice they need and take all of the steps necessary to protect their interests.
Where an injury has occurred as a result of an unsafe workplace accident, you may have the right to make a workers' compensation claim for benefits (“statutory benefits”) and/or bring a common law claim (damages).
To successfully claim statutory benefits, you will need to establish that you are a worker and have suffered an injury as defined in the legislation and that your employment was a significant contributing factor to your suffering the injury.
You have only 20 business days to lodge an appeal to the Industrial Relations Commission
If your application for statutory benefits is rejected, you have only 3 months to make an application to the regulator for a review of the decision. If your application for review is unsuccessful, you have only 20 business days to lodge an appeal to the Industrial Relations Commission. These time limits are strict and by and large cannot be overcome if they are missed.
If you are successful in applying for statutory benefits, you are entitled at the end of the claim to receive a Notice of Assessment (NOA).
The NOA will set out the Degree of Permanent Impairment (DPI) attributed to the injury and will set out a corresponding offer of lump sum compensation.
The worker will have only 20 business days to advise the workers' compensation insurer that they disagree with the DPI. Failure to challenge the DPI in that time frame will cause the DPI as assessed to remain. Should the DPI be assessed at less than 20% and the worker accept the corresponding offer of lump sum compensation, lost forever is the right or entitlement for the worker to pursue common law damages.
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Terree and Vincent were just amazing to deal with and I cannot thank them enough for transforming a very difficult situation for me, into one that was calm, easy flowing and stress-free. Their professionalism, empathy and attention to detail is second to none. So thank you..... from the bottom of my heart to the whole team over there.
Took the stress out of a stressful situation and made the whole process much easier to deal with. Very professional and punctual with all the communications. Big thanks to Vince and the team!
Vince, you have looked after myself twice now ( unfortunately ). But I would not have had anyone else look after my case. You show compassion, Respect and Support, that I feel I wouldn't have gotten elsewhere. Honestly I appreciate what you have done and would HIGHLY RECOMMEND you to anyone. Thank you so much again for everything you did.
Vince especially was very compassionate and caring with our Daughters sensitive claim. Nothing was too much of an effort and every request was met with no hesitation. Will always recommend Vince for anyone who needs this type of Lawyer and service.
They put you at ease, they manage to mix competence and simplicity of communication at the same time. Stress disappears because they are there to make this possible. Vince is amazing, and Terree is extraordinary! They are a very strong team!
For someone who has never been confronted with this kind of situation before, I was completely out of my depth. Vince Kartelo and Terree made me feel right at ease from the get-go, and gave me full confidence in their approach to ensuring me a resolution. Truly grateful for their professionalism, compassion and expertise in their field. I will be recommending them to any friends or family who need assistance!
The team work together well and provide professional legal service. I feel like they look deep and at every angle to fight for the outcome you deserve and they do it respectfully.
This firm and its people are amazing in every possible aspect. At no stage did I feel uncomfortable or uneasy about anything to do with the case. Vince was unbelievable and so professional. He guided me through the process flawlessly and had my interests as a priority. I highly recommend anyone that is looking for trustworthiness, honesty, integrity in practice to give your case to Kartelo Law. You will not regret it.
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