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Claiming compensation with a fly in-fly out job

Making a workers’ compensation claim when you’re in a fly in-fly out (FIFO) job can be an additional level of legal red tape, so it pays to seek legal advice as soon as possible.

Maurice Blackburn is a national law firm, so we have a local lawyer who can help you look at the big picture and ensure you make a claim under the compensation scheme that will get you the best outcome.

Why Maurice Blackburn?

Workers' compensation schemes vary considerably, so talk with us about your legal rights. We’re experienced in representing workers in the mining industry and we can accommodate the unusual hours you work.

So if you’re still working but you’re injured, or if you have another legal issue, contact us today to talk about your situation with a workplace injury expert.

Maurice Blackburn Lawyers has offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin and throughout Australia. Contact Maurice Blackburn for more information.

All you need to know about workers' compensation

If you've had an accident or if your health and wellbeing have been affected in the workplace, you may be eligible to make a claim for workers’ compensation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible for fly in fly out workers’ compensation?

You may be eligible to claim FIFO workers injury compensation if you've been injured at work or suffered from illness or disease as a result - or in the course of - your employment.

What types of workers are covered for FIFO compensation?

Workers' compensation schemes cover injured employees, including part-time and casual workers. In many cases subcontractors are also eligible to receive work injury compensation.

If you are an injured Commonwealth Government employee, or an injured employee of a large national company, you can claim under the Federal Comcare scheme.

If you’re under a state scheme, you may have different entitlements depending on:

  • the state where you usually work
  • the state where you are usually based for that employment
  • the state where your employer’s head office is located.

What types of injuries can I claim for fly in-fly out workers compensation?

The benefits you may receive under FIFO compensation vary greatly depending on the seriousness of your injury and the law under which you're covered.

As well as workplace accidents, you may also be able to claim work injury compensation for a recurrence, aggravation, acceleration, exacerbation or deterioration of any pre-existing injury or disease impacted by your work.

Injuries including cancers, strokes, asthmas, heart conditions and degenerative conditions are often made worse by employment. In some states you may be able to claim for injuries sustained during a normal recess, such as lunchtime or morning and afternoon tea breaks.

How long do I have to make a FIFO claim?

Time limits vary under different state and federal laws.

It's important to report your workplace accident or aggravated injury to your work and workers' compensation authority that covers you as soon as possible - usually within 30 days - once you've become aware of your injury.

The actual legal process may take up to several years, especially if you have to wait for injuries to stabilise.

It's important you talk to a workplace injury lawyer to understand your rights.

What kind of sum can I expect to receive for my FIFO compensation claim?

It’s our mission to ensure you get your full compensation payout to help you get back to being you as soon as possible after your FIFO injury. The amount will depend on your impairment level, date of injury, and the law that covers your worker's compensation.

You may receive payments that are equal to a percentage of your weekly earnings, along with payment for all reasonable medical and associated expenses. You can claim a lump sum in cases where the injury has caused permanent impairment.

A workers injury lawyer can help you assess your claim, based on the details surrounding your injury.

What expenses are covered and benefits am I entitled to under FIFO compensation?

All 'reasonable' expenses are covered by workers' compensation for services related to:

  • medical, hospital and nursing
  • personal and household
  • occupational
  • rehabilitation
  • ambulance services.

Expenses such as doctors, chemists, physiotherapy and chiropractic bills are also covered. Your workers' compensation authority may also approve payment for attendant care, modifications to a home or car, home help and transportation costs.

Do fly in-fly out workers' compensation entitlements vary between states and territories?

Yes, workers’ compensation laws and entitlements vary between states and territories and may be known as WorkCover, CTP or WorkSafe. Employees of the Commonwealth and ACT governments—and of some large national employers—are covered by the Comcare system.

The compensation and benefits can vary greatly depending on your injury and on the law you’re covered by.

Whichever system you’re covered by, if you’ve been injured at work, our expert work injury compensation lawyers will fight to protect your legal rights.

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