Injured at work?

If you are injured while working, we are here to take the stress out of navigating this complex area of law, and get you the compensation you deserve. It is important you understand your rights and know what entitlements are available for you to pursue.

With a proven track record of success and a dedicated team of experienced lawyers, we are committed to securing the best possible outcome for our clients. Whether you’ve been injured on the job or are navigating a dispute with your employer, trust Whitelaw McDonald Lawyers to fight tirelessly on your behalf. Contact us today to learn how we can help you with your workers’ compensation needs.

We will answer for you:

  • Do I have a claim?
  • How much am I likely to be able to claim?
  • How long will the process take?

You will receive:

  • Personalised attention and care
  • Empathy and understanding
  • A tailored approach just for you.

Meet Mario Bechelli

A strong advocate with 40 years of expertise, Mario will relentlessly help you get what you deserve.

Mario Bechelli is a seasoned Senior Associate at Whitelaw McDonald Lawyers with nearly four decades of expertise in personal injury litigation, with special expertise in workers’ compensation claims. Mario has a distinguished record of representing clients in various legal forums, including the Supreme Court, Personal Injury Commission, and the coal mining list of the District Court, consistently securing significant compensation for his clients.

Mario is renowned for his commitment to providing top-tier legal counsel, ensuring his clients remain well-informed throughout the progression of their cases. With a steadfast dedication to achieving optimal outcomes for all his clients, Mario Bechelli is your trusted ally in navigating complex legal matters.

Ready to take the first step? Don’t settle for anything less than the best representation. Contact Mario Bechelli today on (02) 4941 8970 for a free no-obligation consultation and let him fight for the compensation you rightfully deserve.

We have the specialist expertise to help you in areas such as:

  • Workplace injuries
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Slip and fall accidents, including in public places
  • Medical malpractice
  • Product liability caused by defective products

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Am I covered by workers compensation?

    Generally, workers who are considered employees under NSW legislation and who sustain injuries or illnesses arising out of or in the course of their employment are covered. This includes:

    • full-time employees
    • part-time employees
    • casual employees: (if certain criteria need to be met, like regularity and integration of work)
    • seasonal workers (if they meet the criteria for being engaged as employees)
    • temporary workers (if they meet the requirements for employee status)
    • apprentices and trainees
    • contractors and subcontractors (if deemed workers rather than independent contractors)
    • some volunteers (i.e. firefighters and rescue workers)

    For a free no-obligation chat about your unique circumstances, call Mario today on (02) 4941 8970, or contact us.

    How do I make a workers compensation claim?

    To make a workers compensation claim in NSW, follow these steps:

    • Report your work-related injury or illness to your employer as soon as possible. This should be done within 30 days of the injury occurring, but as soon as possible is best.
    • Seek medical treatment from an approved healthcare provider. Your employer may have a list of these you should use.
    • Seek legal advice to understand whether you have a claim and to guide you through the rest of the process.
    • Complete a workers compensation claim form from your employer, your employer’s insurer, or the Workers Compensation Commission (WCC) website. Make sure it is complete and accurate, and includes all the details about your injury, how it occurred, and any medical treatment received.
    • Submit the completed claim form to your employer’s insurer. Keep a copy of the completed form for your records.
    • Stay in contact with your employer and their insurer regarding the progress of your claim. They may request more information or documentation to process your claim.

    You will then find out whether your claim is successful and either start receiving benefits or can appeal the decision if it is denied. Your legal team will advise you the best way to do this. Contact Mario today on (02) 4941 8970 or contact us for an obligation-free consultation.

    Are there any time limits to make a workers compensation claim?

    You must notify your employer of a work-related injury or illness as soon as possible, ideally immediately or within 30 days of the incident occurring.

    You must lodge your workers’ compensation claim with your employer’s insurer within 6 months from the date of the injury or diagnosis of the work-related illness. If you do not do this it could lead to delays or your claim being rejected.

    It is best not to leave it to chance, so contact Mario today on (02) 4941 8970 or contact us for an obligation-free consultation to find out where you stand.

    What happens if the employer disputes my claim?

    If your employer disputes your workers compensation claim their insurer they will let you know in writing, the reasons why and what to do next. It is best to have specialist lawyers to support you through this process and give you the best chance possible for a successful outcome.

    If the internal review does not resolve the dispute, you can apply for conciliation through the Workers Compensation Commission (WCC) Conciliation.

    If conciliation does not lead to an agreement, you may proceed to a formal arbitration hearing before a Workers Compensation Commission arbitrator.

    If there is still dissatisfaction on behalf of you or the employer’s insurer, your case may go to a higher court, such as the District Court of New South Wales.

    Our specialist lawyers work with you every step of the way and will prepare you for all scenarios, so contact Mario today on (02) 4941 8970 or contact us for an obligation-free consultation.

    What if I am injured working from home?

    If you are injured working from home you may be eligible for workers compensation for injuries or illnesses that arise out of or in the course of your employment, subject to certain conditions and limitations.

    You may be entitled to claim if you are injured performing work-related duties, regardless of whether you are working from home or at a traditional workplace. It must have arisen out of or in the course of your employment.

    A workers compensation claim may also cover injuries or illnesses that result from hazards or risks associated with your home-based work environment, such as ergonomic issues, slips, trips, and falls or accidents while using work equipment.

    Like any claim, it is important to report the incident to your employer as soon as possible and seek any medical attention.

    If you have been injured working from home and you are not sure if you have a case, contact Mario today on (02) 4941 8970 or contact us for an obligation-free consultation.

    How can we help?

    Whitelaw McDonald has a dedicated, professional and experienced team of solicitors and support staff.