I’ve been injured working in a café / restaurant. What should I do?
Café and restaurant workers are susceptible to a range of injuries from working with sharp blades, hot oils, grills, burners and environments prone to spills and slippery floors. Under the workers compensation scheme, anyone who’s injured working in hospitality, whether you’re a waiter, chef or kitchen hand, may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. If you’ve been injured, check that your employer has notified their workers compensation insurer, and see your GP to get a certificate of capacity so that you have medical evidence of your injury or illness. If you’re not sure what to do, one of our specialist work injury compensation lawyers will be able to explain over the phone how we can assist.
What if I’m a casual employee?
Even if you’re a casual employee, you may be entitled to workers compensation. In fact, if you’re working in hospitality as a second job and your injury prevents you from doing both your jobs, we may be able to help you claim compensation for lost wages from both jobs. It’s best to speak to a specialist workers compensation lawyer as soon as possible and get advice. It costs nothing to call Law Partners for advice, and we’ll put you straight through to one of our workers compensation lawyers.
What's the claim process?
We make the claim process easy for you.
We get to know you
We'll get to know you personally, listen to your side of the story and give you free advice on your options.
We ask more questions
We'll look beyond the obvious and see if your injuries have led to other complications, to claim everything you're entitled to.
We build the evidence
Led by your lawyer, your dedicated team including hand-picked medical specialists will build strong evidence to maximise your claim.
We pursue your claim
We win over 99% of our cases and we'll fight until you receive the compensation you're entitled to and deserve.
You receive your compensation
Your compensation will be paid into your bank account.
What will it cost me?
There are no upfront costs. We’ll provide free claim advice, we’ll cover all the costs to prepare and run your case and we only get paid when you receive your compensation. Also, just like a mobile phone bill, we put a cap on our fees so there are no nasty surprises at the end of your claim. You should feel comfortable that you can speak to your lawyer any time, without worrying about the cost getting out of control.
Where can I find a work accident injury expert in my area?
Law Partners is Australia’s largest specialist personal injury firm, and we have 25 local offices.
We have solicitors and legal teams that specialise in workers compensation claims.
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If you don't live close to one of our offices we can provide free advice over the phone, and we can represent you without you having to leave your home. Call 13 15 15 speak to a specialist.
Commonly asked questions.
Can I claim travel expenses?
Once the insurer has admitted liability, it’s required to pay for all reasonable and necessary travel expenses you incur as a result of the injuries from your accident. These expenses can include:
- Travel to and from hospitals and out-patient clinics
- Travel to undergo investigations or scans requested by doctors (for example, x-rays, ultrasounds, CT scans and MRI scans)
- Travel to post-surgery rehabilitation treatment providers
- Travel to appointments with your doctor
- Travel to appointments with your specialist and other treatment providers
- Travel to appointments with physiotherapists and hydrotherapy providers
- Travel to chemists to buy medication
- Travel to the insurer’s medico-legal appointments
- Travel to appointments arranged by the Motor Accidents Authority
How do I claim my travel expenses?
Your lawyer will claim your travel expenses for you. To help with this, we provide a travel claim form at our initial meeting. We ask you to complete the form, including the travel details to your various treatment providers, the dates of travel and the reasons for the travel. We forward this information to the insurer for you, and request reimbursement.