For decades, Queensland has been renowned for its mineral rich mines, offering stable employment to thousands of workers. Despite the demanding nature of the industry, often involving long hours and time away from loved ones, work in the mining industry has become increasing appealing for many Australians seeking to secure lucrative employment. Especially with the rising cost of living, the appeal will no doubt continue to grow.  

However, despite the appeal, due to the demanding nature of the industry, unfortunate incidents can occur. We have heard firsthand from clients about workers who have suffered injuries at mining sites, often without any fault of their own. These injuries are often pretty severe and can affect individuals both physically and mentally. In this article, we explore the significance of pursuing compensation if you have been injured at work in the mines, outlining what you may be entitled to and how to seek professional legal advice to support your claim.

Mining Accidents in Queensland

Between 2000 and 2019, Queensland experienced the tragic loss of 47 lives because of mining accidents. This is a sobering statistic that enhances the urgent necessity for stricter safety protocols within the mining sector. These events not only inflict profound grief upon families but also emphasises the imperative for stricter safety measures to safeguard the lives of workers.

Types of Compensation for Mining Accidents

Mining accidents often result in severe injuries, impacting the lives of individuals and their families. Compensation for such accidents may encompass various aspects:

Pain and Suffering: Individuals may be entitled to compensation for the physical and emotional pain endured due to the accident.

Loss of Income: Injuries sustained in mining accidents can lead to loss of income. Compensation can help cover the financial burden caused by the inability to work.

Loss of Non-Cash Benefits: Accommodation, motor vehicles, and other non-cash benefits may be affected by the accident. Compensation can mitigate these losses.

Treatment and Rehabilitation Expenses: Medical expenses incurred for treatment and rehabilitation post-accident may be covered through compensation claims.

Care and Assistance: Compensation may include provisions for ongoing care and assistance required due to the injuries sustained.

Travel Expenses: Expenses related to traveling for medical treatment or rehabilitation may also be compensated.

How We Can Help You!

It’s important to know where you stand and seek out legal advice early, as time limits apply to compensation claims in Queensland. Depending on the circumstances, there may be multiple claims to be perused against different parties. The law imposes a high duty of care on employers and third parties to take all reasonable steps to ensure that safety of those working at a mine. Of course, we all have a role to play when it comes to safety at work. When it comes to hazards in the workplace, if you see something, say something.

Here at Evolve Legal, we are well versed in putting forward mining accident compensation claims. We have firsthand knowledge of the severe impact these injuries have, not just on individuals but also on their families and loved ones. Our team of personal injury lawyers dedicates time to listen attentively to your story and then assists you in presenting a compensation claim tailored to help you regain control of your life. Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your eligibility for a compensation claim.

The content of this article is intended to provide general guidance to the subject matter and must not be relied on as legal advice. Specific advice should be sought about your circumstances.