Browsing: Workers' comp decisions (National)


Permanent incapacity, not bullying, behind dismissal

A worker who contends he was left to languish after he developed psych injuries, from being bullied, has failed to prove his employer unlawfully dismissed him for making a workers' comp claim.


Full Court rules on application of work "disease" laws

A full Federal Court has rejected, after careful consideration, a worker's assertion that injuries like mental ailments must remain compensable if they were "ever" connected to a claimant's employment.


High Court blocks fight against mother's "shock" claim

The High Court has rejected an employer's bid for special leave to appeal against a ruling that a woman who received death benefits under NSW workers' compensation laws, after her son was killed, is also entitled to pursue damages in her home state of South Australia.


High Court to examine duty to prevent psych injuries

The High Court has agreed to consider the scope of employers' OHS duties to workers who resist measures aimed at protecting their psychological health, in a case involving a lawyer whose $435,000 award for post-traumatic stress disorder was quashed in November.


Remote supervision contributed to high-workload injury

A worker's increased work demands under a remote-supervision arrangement, and lack of support while he acted in a higher position, caused him to suffer a compensable psychological injury, a tribunal has found.


Injured worker's filmed endeavours don't block claim

An employer has unsuccessfully claimed a worker's robbery-related psych injury has resolved and surveillance footage of him participating in creative endeavours shows he is malingering. Such footage "cannot capture the [worker's] psychological state", a tribunal stressed.


Full Court upholds ruling on 8-hour dinner, interval injuries

A full Federal Court has upheld two decisions denying compensation to a worker who was injured at the end of an eight-hour dinner-and-drinks session with a colleague on a work trip, but suggested it was a "borderline" case that could have gone the worker's way at first instance.


Injured worker "held hostage" by treatment for 20 years

An injured worker who received hundreds of chiropractic sessions over two decades was "held hostage" by her chiropractor and the treatments likely prolonged her symptoms, a tribunal has heard.


Rehab session could not have contributed to carpal tunnel

A tribunal has rejected a worker's claim that rehabilitation treatments she was provided for a work injury aggravated her previously asymptomatic carpal tunnel syndrome and as a result, made it a work-related condition.

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