Australia is home to a number of brave individuals who are tasked with helping the general public during dark times. Our police, firefighters and paramedic forces are who we turn to when things get rough.
This has been acknowledged by the Queensland government, which is currently looking at raising the wages of those in their ranks. Yet, when it comes to workers' compensation, these roles can come with a number of requisites that exclude them from normal settlements.
When you seek compensation for a workplace injury, therefore, it is important to seek the expertise of compensation lawyers. This is especially true if you are an emergency service worker.
Queensland making changes
In a new initiative, Sunshine State policymakers are reviewing the current payscale for paramedics. Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick said that both the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) and United Voice Queensland have consented to a remuneration review.
"Paramedics, patient transport officers and emergency medical dispatchers are on the frontline of service delivery to our community and it's important that we value the ongoing contributions they make to the health of Queenslanders," Mr Dick said.
"It's also important to recognise that working in the QAS is very different today to what it was over 15 years ago."
With the skills and qualifications emergency service professionals hold, there is a growing cry for their pay to reflect the greater responsibilities they shoulder. Therefore, the pay increase of 2.5 per cent that has taken effect – as of August – will be a welcome change for eligible ambulance officers.
Workers compensation different for emergency services
Back down in the Premier State, emergency service workers, including police officers, firefighters and paramedics, are exempt from the workers' compensation changes that occurred in July 2012.
The entitlements include:
However, there are a number of obligations a worker must meet, such as seeking the right level of medical attention. Additionally, treatment should always come with medical certificates. While this may sound strange, there are times when individuals have sought homoeopathic remedies for injuries, which do not always come with paperwork.
If you are unsure about your responsibilities and obligations, make sure you talk to an experience compensation lawyer today. So if you have been injured while working as an emergency service provider, contact a representative at Gerard Malouf and Partners today and learn about our no win no fee guarantee