Workers compensation lawyers in Sydney are kept very busy, as the most recent statistical bulletin provided by WorkCover New South Wales shows. The data within the statistical bulletin refers to the time period of 2008 to 2009, and though it may be a few years old, the data is still relevant in revealing exactly what it is compensation lawyers in Sydney, and throughout New South Wales, are dealing with. If you are considering making a workers compensation claim you may find the following statistics useful:
- Reported Injuries and Fatalities: In the year-long time period the statistical bulletin covers, WorkCover New South Wales dealt with a total of 42,858 employment injuries, including, tragically, 139 fatalities. These almost 43,000 employment injuries included occupational diseases, road traffic accidents at work, incidents during work, incidents during work breaks, commuting accidents, and incidents that occurred away from work during a recess period. As you can see, the scope of these claims is incredibly vast.
- Payouts: As is the worker’s right, they are entitled to compensation. Sometimes the services of workers compensation lawyers may need to be employed to ensure this occurs, but not always. In total, $449 million was paid out for employment injuries. The average cost of a workers compensation claim was almost $21,000, but outlying data affected this result as half of the total claims received payouts of just over $8,500 or less.
- Age: There is a perception that it is younger, more inexperienced workers that record the highest number of injuries and claims, and who will, therefore, require compensation lawyers. However, the data from 2008 to 2009 WorkCover statistical bulletin show that it is actually those aged between 45 and 49 years who have the highest number of injuries, and the highest incidence rate is of people aged between 60 and 64.
- Industry: Some employment industries have higher risks of injury, due to heavy machinery or manual labour. This general supposition is proved with the top five industries with the highest incidence rate as follows:
1. Mining at 33.5%
2. Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing at 27.5%
3. Manufacturing at 26.9%
4. Construction at 23.5%
5. Transport and Storage at 22.5%
If you are interested in workers compensation lawyers in Sydney to help you with your claims, call BPC Lawyers on (02) 8355 4002.