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Coal Miner Employee Injuries

Coal Miner Employee Injuries

A coal miner or any person who works in or around a coal mine and suffers injury has an entitlement to make a compensation claim. Coal miners workers compensation claims generally not subject to reforms made to the workers compensation system in 2002 and 2012. Coal miners also retain valuable common law rights.

ARE YOU ELIGIBLE
TO MAKE A CLAIM?

Yes. Any coal miner or person injured while working at a mine site is entitled to make a workers compensation claim.

WHAT IS YOUR
NEXT STEP?

Simply telephone our office and make an appointment to consult with one of our workers compensation specialist in person or over the telephone.

WHAT ARE YOU
ABLE TO CLAIM?

An injured coal miner has rights to statutory compensation which include the following:

  • Weekly compensation payments for partial or totally incapacity which can be paid up until one year after the age of retirement;
  • Medical treatment expenses which last for the worker’s life time;
  • A payment for permanent impairment and pain and suffering arising from impairment or restriction of the injured part of the body.

Additionally, as an alternative to statutory compensation, an injured coal miner can make a claim at common law for damages including past and future wage loss, past and future medical treatment expenses, loss of superannuation, pain and suffering and domestic care.  An election must be made to pursue a claim for statutory compensation for impairment and pain and suffering or alternatively for common law damages.

WHEN SHOULD YOU CONSULT A LAWYER ABOUT MAKING A CLAIM?

You should consult a lawyer as soon as possible after suffering injury so that we are able to fully explain to you your rights and entitlements.  Time limits apply in relation to making workers compensation claims.

WHY ARE BRYDEN’S LAWYERS THE RIGHT REPRESENTATION FOR YOU?

Brydens Lawyers have for over 40 years been representing Workers Compensation claims on behalf of Coal Miners. Brydens Laywers have a dedicated team of professionals that specialise in Workers Compensation matters ensuring our clients receive the compensation to which they are entitled.

For over 40 years now Brydens Lawyers has been operating a ‘No Win – No Fee’ policy which, simply put, provides that if a personal injury or compensation client is unsuccessful in their claim then Brydens Lawyers will not raise a tax invoice for having acted on behalf of the client. That is, if the claim is unsuccessful we do not get paid. More information about how this works can be found on our No Win – No Fee page.

 

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