A tribunal full bench has confirmed that a worker was entitled to the cost of gastric bypass surgery to manage a work injury, even though the procedure failed to prevent her from requiring further surgeries.
A judge has highlighted four serious concerns with an employer's drug and alcohol policy, in ruling that an injured worker wasn't guilty of serious and wilful misconduct in refusing to undergo a urine test ahead of his return to work.
A tribunal full bench has declined to determine the degree to which non-employment-related factors contributed to a psychiatric injury because none of them were "significant" causes, in a case involving a worker who was weaning off antipsychotic drugs and experiencing marital problems.
A worker bore the onus of proving his work-related knee injuries caused him to fall at home and dislocate his shoulder, but he failed to discharge his burden of proof, with his inconsistent memory of events suggesting he made them up, a judge has found.
A tribunal full bench has rejected a major employer's claim that it wasn't required to consider a worker's personal circumstances, which made her more susceptible to injury, when undertaking "reasonable" administrative action against her.
A 42-year-old mesothelioma sufferer, and member of the "third wave" of asbestos victims, has been awarded a record $3 million in exemplary and other damages, with a court warning that widespread appreciation of the hazard does little to protect workers and home owners.