Like many people, the times you actually need a lawyer will be limited to the purchase of a house, the breakdown of a family relationship, a run in with the police, or the loss of a loved one.

So, what about when you’ve been injured at work?

Generally, the need for a lawyer and legal advice is synonymous with the need to have money for legal fees, which at times, can be expensive.

But for a person who has been injured at work, what many people don’t realise, is that legal fees are paid for the Workers Compensation Independent Review Office, or WIRO for short.

WIRO is an independent statutory office that among other roles, provides grants of funding to approved lawyers so that they can provide accurate and timely legal advice to injured workers.

There are some exceptions of course, like police officers, fire fighters, paramedics and coal miners, but for the majority of workers injured in NSW, the cost of legal fees and other necessary medical expenses such as medical reports will be covered by WIRO.

So all you need to do, is focus on your recovery.