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.
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.
A tribunal full bench has rejected an employer's claim that it isn't liable for the costs of future surgery for an injured worker, whose genetic predisposition to arthritis was "accelerated" by a workplace safety incident.
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.
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.
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.
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.