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Injuries at work

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If you've been injured at work, or because of your work, you may be eligible to claim benefits from WorkCover.

An injury is ‘a personal injury arising out of, or in the course of, employment if the employment is a significant contributing factor to the injury.’

Injuries can happen at work, travelling to and from work or while on a break from work. Injuries can also take place if you are travelling for work, or visiting other workplaces or sites for the purposes of your job.

Examples of different types of injuries covered:

  • physical injuries—such as lacerations, fractures, burns, industrial deafness
  • psychiatric or psychological disorders—such as stress or depression
  • diseases—such as asbestosis or Q-fever
  • aggravation of a pre-existing condition
  • death from an injury or disease.

Employees may be covered while working from home, as long as the injuries arise out of—or in the course of—employment, and the employment is a significant contributing factor to the injury. Employees may be covered for injuries sustained while working from home and on a recess break. WorkCover considers each case on the individual facts at the time. Once you have lodged your claim we will contact your employer for further information and to notify them that a new claim has been lodged on their policy. If you have specific queries, please call us on 1300 362 128.

For guidance on how people can work safely in their homes, go to the Workplace Health and Safety Queensland Website. Information is also available on health and safety for telecommuters.

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Last updated
26 March 2014

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