A worker who witnessed two traumatic scenes at work suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression - a syndrome that destroyed his "power of volition" and was causally linked to his suicide, a tribunal has ruled.
In an important ruling for a workers' compensation scheme, an appeals court has overturned two earlier decisions, and ruled that weekly payments to partial dependants of killed workers can be increased, and unemployment benefits can be considered, in reviews of weekly payments.
A tribunal has found that a previous full-bench ruling on what constitutes surgery for workers' comp purposes is not exhaustive or "even relevant to each case", and stressed that "penetration of the body is not always involved".
A white-collar worker's pre-existing predisposition to knee "instability" did not mean her employment could not be considered a significant cause of the injuries she sustained while rising from her chair at work, a tribunal has found.
A worker's failure to reach performance expectations was an important factor in determining the reasonableness of actions taken against her, but her superior's "bad faith" actions potentially made her employer liable for her psychological injury, a tribunal full bench has found.
A worker is not required to prove to "scientific satisfaction" that his heavy lifting at work caused or contributed to his hip osteoarthritis for his employer to be deemed liable, a tribunal has found.
An employer's duty to provide suitable work for injured employees does not extend to previously injured workers whose incapacities have ceased, a tribunal full bench has confirmed in an important case.
A tribunal has rejected a submission likening a worker's injuries from being run over in a work car park to an aneurism that happens to occur at work, but is not connected to employment in any meaningful way.