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Understanding Common Law Claims and Office Charges

Common law claims are a type of legal action that injured workers can take to receive compensation beyond what they would receive through a statutory workers’ compensation claim.

As with any legal process, there are costs associated with filing a common law claim, including office charges.

It is important to understand the office charges associated with a common law claim in order to make an informed decision about the process.

Office Charges

Office charges are additional fees that Worker’s Rights Legal Service will raise in addition to professional fees for the actual costs incurred. These charges cover the cost of telephone calls, black and white photocopies, color photocopies, and postage.

 Below is a breakdown of the office charges:



Telephone call

At actual cost

Black and white photocopies

$1.00 per page

Colour photocopies

$2.00 per page


At actual cost

Benefits of Filing a Common Law Claim

In addition to understanding the costs associated with the process, it is important to consider the potential benefits of filing a common law claim.

By filing a common law claim, you may be able to receive compensation that is higher than the amount you would receive through a statutory workers’ compensation claim.

This is because common law compensation awards are based on a variety of factors, including the nature and extent of the injury, the amount of lost wages, and other losses.

It is also important to consider any potential benefits that may be available through a common law compensation award. These benefits may include payment for medical expenses, reimbursement for lost wages, and other forms of financial compensation.

Making an Informed Decision

Ultimately, filing a common law claim is an important decision that should not be taken lightly. As such, it is important to take the time to consider the costs associated with the process, as well as the potential benefits that may be available.

If you have any questions about the process, costs, or potential benefits, be sure to schedule a free phone appointment with Bella Tulley to get more information.

As the famous author and artist Maya Angelou once said,

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”

Taking the time to understand the common law claim process and budget for the office charges can help you make an informed decision that is better for you.


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