If you’re injured at work, WorkCover is there to compensate you. You should waste no time starting your statutory WorkCover claim:
- Notify your employer of your injury without delay. You may be required to fill out an incident report.
- See a doctor to get a Workers’ Compensation Medical Certificate.
- Complete a WorkCover Application for Compensation form. Access it here.
- Give your employer a copy of the completed WorkCover Application form and your Workers’ Compensation Medical Certificate.
- Let WorkCover know if your condition changes.
Time limits apply, so you need to lodge your claim as soon as possible to avoid missing out on appropriate compensation.
It’s more important, however, to prioritise your medical treatment if your injuries are severe. The paperwork can wait.
If you need an ambulance, the costs incurred to take you to hospital will be covered by WorkCover.
Your employer is required by law to assist you in lodging your claim. That said, you’re not obligated. If you want to handle the claim yourself, you can lodge with WorkCover directly.
If your employer is self-insured, you can also lodge with the self-insurance team at your workplace. Usually, you would lodge with your employer but you can lodge directly with WorkCover online or by post.
You need all the details to lodge your claim—full information about the incident and the outcome, information about who was involved and any machinery involved, events leading up to the incident, and anything else relevant. The more information you provide, the easier it will be for your claim to move forward.
If for whatever reason, your employer doesn’t want you to make a claim for WorkCover, you should do so regardless. Every Queensland employee is entitled to cover under their employer’s insurance. It’s there to protect.
Seek legal advice to establish your rights if your employer is not helping you with your claim.