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    What Evidence is Needed for a Successful Workers’ Compensation Claim in Queensland?

    What Evidence is Needed for a Successful Workers’ Compensation Claim in Queensland?

    There are two elements in a workers’ compensation claim that your lawyer will gather evidence in relation to, that is:

      • Liability – whose fault it is; and
      • Quantum – the dollar value of the claim.

    When you make a workers’ compensation claim in relation to a workplace accident, it is up to you, with the help of your legal team, to provide the evidence to prove the claim. A good workers’ compensation injury lawyer is highly skilled at knowing what evidence is required for a successful workers’ compensation claim.

    Who is at fault for your accident at work?

    The first of the issues is liability. This is the who is at fault question and will determine if you win or lose your claim. To win, you must establish that the other party or parties are at fault. Evidence as to liability could include things like:

      • Workplace Health & Safety Investigations;
      • Accident report;
      • Witness statements;
      • Your statement;
      • Accident reports; 
      • Damage caused;
      • Photos of the scene; and
      • CCTV footage.

    How much is your workers’ compensation claim worth?

    The second issue of quantum, that is how much your claim is worth, can be supported by a variety of evidence like:

      • Medical treatment notes;
      • Hospital records;
      • Ambulance notes;
      • Specialist reports and medico-legal opinion;
      • Income tax returns before and after the accident;
      • Witness statements;
      • Receipts for expenses; 
      • Records of assistance received;
      • Injury photos; and
      • X-ray and medical imaging reports.

    When you are gathering evidence for your lawyer or responding to a request for information for your lawyer, by promptly providing the information you allow your legal team to progress your claim without delay.

    By providing the information in a neat well set out format you also allow your legal team focus on the legal matters of the workers’ compensation claim and save unnecessary costs in them sifting through documents searching for what they need.

    Further information about making a workers’ compensation claim

    https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/claims-and-insurance/compensation-claims/claim-process

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