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Workplace injuries compensation

There are many different types of work injuries that can occur in almost any workplace throughout Australia. It does not matter whether you work in a factory, shop, building site or in an office. Work injuries can occur anywhere and at anytime.

If you have been injured at work and would like to know whether you can make a claim for compensation, then we can help you at absolutely no cost to you! By completing our fast and easy FREE online Injuries Compensation Enquiry Form, we will assess your case and put you in touch with compensation legal specialists who will advise you of your compensation entitlements.

You could be entitled to substantial compensation for your work injuries. Our service is completely free and there is no obligation. So why not take advantage and complete our FREE online Injuries Compensation Enquiry Form – today!
There are a lot of dangers in the workplace which could cause many different types of injuries to a worker. There are four main types of workplace injury affecting most Australian workers. These include:

  • Back injuries
  • Being hit or struck
  • Slip, trip and falls
  • Machine accidents
  • Repetitve Strain (RSI)
  • Industrial deafness
  • Hand-arm vibration
  • Tenosynovitis & Tendonitis
  • Industrial diseases
  • Stress at work
  • Other work injuries

Back Injuries.

Physical overload is the single main cause of workplace injuries and can be caused by lifting, straining, bending and other physical work. You can also pick up a back injury from having incorrect posture, especially if your job primarily involves sitting at a desk all day, as do many jobs nowadays.

Being hit or struck

Another common injury at work is when workers are struck or hit by one of the number of hazards in the workplace. In most cases, there are no specific precautions that can be taken because there are a variety of hazards that fall into this category. Injuries or accidents can occur when there is not enough space between objects and equipment. Injuries can also occur when passing under equipment and materials and whilst also passing through walkways.

Slip, trip and falls

A lot of workers suffer injury through falling off ladders and other raised platforms, such as when stacking shelves or doing construction work. Your employer must ensure that the equipment you are using is secure and all appropriate safety checks have been carried out regularly. Often slip, trip and fall injuries occur in the workplace due to a myriad of hazards often present on the surface of workplaces, such misplaced objects and equipment and hazardous materials such as oil or water.

Machine Accidents

Machinery-related accidents are also quite common and because of the new and complicated methods of production constantly being introduced, lack of knowledge about operation leads to injuries. Your employer must ensure that you always wear appropriate safety equipment when working with machinery, such as goggles, gloves, protective shoes and coveralls.  There are many different types of injuries that can occur from operating machinery and tools. Often injuries occur due to inadequate training and/or lack of experience.

Repetitive Strain (RSI)

With the huge rise in the number of computers used by firms nationwide it was inevitable that the number of RSI (repetitive strain injury) compensation claims would rise with it. The largest contributor to the repetitive strain section of work compensation claims is poor research into counter-measures by employers. As an employee it is your right to work in a safe environment and it is the duty of your employers to provide that safety. If an employer requires you to spend eight hours a day sat at a desk working on a computer then it is their responsibility to ensure that all possible measures are taken to avoid repetitive strain injuries.

A common example of repetitive strain disorder in relation to computers is that of pain in the wrist due to repeatedly typing on a keyboard or the continued use of a mouse. Some even find that this spreads up to the shoulder and back. This syndrome can be avoided through the use of ergonomic chairs, keyboards, mice and other ergonomic equipment, all of which are readily available in many stores throughout Australia. It is in an employer's interests to provide such items to vulnerable staff as the liability for the resulting repetitive stress on the muscles and joints will be on them and their insurance policies. Injuries involving repetition in the workplace often result in the individual being unable to work for some time after the strain and stress first sets in which is where the loss of earnings and future loss of earnings part of the RSI compensation claim has to be taken into consideration.

If you have been injured from RSI, please complete our FREE online Injuries Compensation Enquiry Form.

Industrial Deafness

Exposure to excessive or sustained noise at work can cause permanent hearing loss.

It does not matter whether you are young or old because anyone can suffer hearing loss caused by noise in the work place. The hearing loss may take many years before you notice it, or can happen more quickly. It will probably come on gradually, and people often first notice it when friends or family comment that they have the television on loud, or that they fail to hear what they are saying.

As well as suffering hearing loss noise at work may also cause tinnitus, that is a ringing or other sound in their ears. This can be a very severe and aggravating condition that affects people 24 hours a day.

People suffer hearing loss whilst doing many different kinds of job, from working in a night club to working on a farm.

In most jobs the risk of suffering hearing loss depends on the noise levels in the work place and the length of time that the noise continues. However, the higher the noise levels the less time it takes to cause hearing loss.

If you are suffering from industrial deafness, please complete our FREE online Injuries Compensation Enquiry Form.

Hand-arm Vibration

Hand-arm vibration is vibration transmitted into your hands and arms when you use some types of power tool. Exposure can cause hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) which affects the nerves, blood vessels, muscles and joints of the hand, wrist and arm and can become severely disabling if ignored. Other injuries resulting from vibration includes carpal tunnel syndrome which is a nerve disorder which may involve pain, tingling, numbness and weakness in the hand.
Tenosynovitis and Tendonitis

Symptoms  include strain and pain, tenderness and swelling of the affected part of the tendon. The skin over and around the area may be warm and you may have reduced movement of that part of your body. In some cases the inflammation lasts just a few days and then goes away on it's own but in some cases it can last weeks or months if not treated properly. Any tendon of the body can be affected with some areas of the body being more prone to these problems such as tendons over the wrist and hand

Industrial Diseases

There are many other different types of industrial diseases that can be suffered from the workplace. Some of these industrial diseases include:

  • Diseases caused by working with Asbestos
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Asthma
  • Pneumoconiosis
  • Silicosis
  • Asbestosis
  • Mesothelioma

If you have, or are suffering from, any industrial disease, please complete our FREE online Injuries Compensation Enquiry Form. We will help you find out whether you have a case to claim compensation.
Stress at work

Stress can be a major problem in the workplace and can affect anyone. Some of the conditions which may lead to stress include:

  • Too much, or too little work to do;
  • Boring or repetitive work;
  • Role confusion;
  • Lack of control;
  • Lack of communication;
  • Blame culture;
  • Lack of support for individuals to develop their skills;
  • Inflexible work schedules;
  • Poor working relationships with other members of staff;
  • Bullying;
  • racial or sexual harassment;
  • Physical danger (such as risk of violence);
  • and Poor working conditions (such as noise).

Other work injuries

There are many different types of work injuries and accidents that can occur in the workplace.  As stated above, work injuries often include: slips, trips, being hit by a moving or falling object, falling from a height, or being injured while handling, lifting or carrying objects.

Our service deals with all possible causes of work accidents or injuries in the workplace, including:
Lifting or manual-handling operations

  • Driving
  • Using equipment
  • Using machinery
  • Inadequate training
  • Unsafe premises or work site
  • The actions of your work colleagues

Your employer has a legal requirement to protect you from injuries in the workplace and must, by law, have an insurance policy to cover compensation for injuries and loss of earnings when work accidents do arise.

If you feel you have suffered an injury at work or suffered from any loss, damages or personal injuries, as a result of the work you do or the work you have done in the past, then you should consider making a claim for workers compensation. We can help you decide whether to make a claim for compensation. All you have to do is complete our FREE Injuries Compensation Enquiry Form, available online, 24 hours, 7 days per week.

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