Browsing: Workers' comp decisions (SA)


Office worker's hearing loss was employment-related

A white-collar worker has been awarded lump sum compensation and the cost of hearing aids, after a tribunal found her office environment was noisy enough to cause noise-induced hearing loss.


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.


WHS investigation into officer granted injury transcript

A WHS regulator investigating reports that a worker's psychiatric injury involved WHS contraventions, by a major employer and one of its officers, has been granted court orders giving it access to a transcript of related compensation proceedings.


Nurse's return-to-work duties contributed to carpal tunnel

The causation of carpal tunnel syndrome continues to be a vexed issue for workers' compensation tribunals, with one recently concluding that a nurse's work in a busy emergency department was a significant contributing factor in her developing bilateral CTS.


Employer liable for aorta injury from emotional distress

A worker's emotional distress from his newly created role inflaming rather than easing tensions between departments, and becoming increasingly complex, was a significant contributing factor to his high blood pressure and aorta tear, a tribunal has found.


Stroke death rightly linked to work twist: bench majority

A tribunal full bench majority has upheld an "intuitive reasoning" finding that a worker's fatal stroke was caused by him turning his head at work, and connected to his employment.


Judges disagree on scope of work-related journey laws

Two judges have ruled that there was not a substantial connection between a worker's employment and his injury-causing fall from his work vehicle in his driveway, but a dissenting judge found the man was injured while performing work duties.


"Bali hut" repairs covered by mental injury provisions

A worker who developed post-traumatic stress disorder after being violently assaulted in the course of his employment has been awarded the costs of repairing his backyard "Bali hut", with a tribunal finding the services satisfied the "assisting to cope" test under workers' comp laws.

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