Published statistics indicate that 170 Australian workers were killed at work in 2020.
In the previous 15 years 3,751 workers were fatally injured while working.
About 30% of workers killed at work die as a result of vehicle collisions.
The Workers Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 provides for employers in Queensland to be insured through WorkCover Queensland and other private Insurers (eg. XtraCare, BHP Workers Compensation, Queensland Rail).
However, many are unaware of the provisions made under this Act for a deceased worker’s dependent spouse and/or children to apply for and receive payments from the employer’s Workers Compensation insurer irrespective of fault on the part of the deceased worker.
As and from 1 July 2020, the Table of Benefits under the workers compensation regulations provide for the following payments to be made:-
- Section 200(2)(a) – $651,560.00 to dependent spouse and children
- Section 200(2)(aa) – $17,430.00 to a dependent spouse
In the event that the death of a worker is as a result of negligence on the part of the employer and/or in the event of a motor vehicle accident (caused by another insured driver), a claim can also be made for loss of dependency by the spouse and children who were supported by the worker. Claims for loss of dependency also extend to grandchildren who were supported by the worker.
If you require assistance in navigating the process of making a claim for payments or you would like to investigate a claim for loss of dependency, contact one of our experienced Personal Injuries Lawyers today for an appointment.