It is difficult when you have sustained an injury from your work, be it physical or psychological, to have the strength and motivation to fight for what you believe is your right to legal compensation.
Time and time again I have heard of friends who have been so traumatised by their employment, bullying by their colleagues or the oppressive behaviour of their management, that the only remedy they have sought is to remove themselves from the employment. In short to walk away and not even contemplate embarking upon a process of seeking comcare claims, or securing the services of a compensation lawyer.
What is important to remember, is that you do have some time to lodge your comcare claim. For this reason, we advise that you seek out the services of compensation lawyers who understand comcare claims and are able to provide you with independent advice on the law and determine whether or not you have a case for workplace compensation.
Legal Aid Western Australia provides some very sound advice and guidance, and while noting that generally you have 12 months from the time you notice your injury or illness that:
“Different time limits will apply depending when your cause of action arose. It is vital if you believe that your disability was the result of your employer’s negligence that you get legal advice at the earliest opportunity.”
Legal Aid WA
If you are a member of union, you may be able to get support and guidance in securing a workers compensation lawyer. The Public Service Association for example has a number of resources which include horror stories of injuries sustained by their members at work. Sometimes even reading the journeys that others have gone through in securing a comcare claim, finding a compensation lawyer or personal injury lawyer or securing compensation can assist you in deciding on the approach you are going to take to get justice under the law.
If you are fortunate and you have a friend of the family who is a claims lawyer or compensation lawyer, we also advise speaking with them so that if you choose to use our services you feel entirely comfortable, knowing that what happened to you at work needs to be addressed and that our compensation lawyers are the appropriate professionals to assist you through this difficult process.