Browsing: Workers' comp decisions (SA)


Injured worker not required to prove 51% surgery odds

Assessing the "likelihood" of an injured worker requiring a procedure is not a "more likely than not" determination, a tribunal has found in upholding a worker's bid for future surgery costs.


Drug trafficker retains weekly work injury payments

A "totally incapacitated" worker who was awarded nearly $320,000, before being found guilty of trafficking methamphetamines and accused of an "even more egregious" act, has been granted ongoing compensation, after her former employer challenged her entitlements through breach-of-mutuality provisions.


Injury-combination ruling increases benefits by $20k

A worker has been permitted, by a judge, to "combine" his impairments from a workplace foot injury and a back condition arising from his altered gait, increasing his lump sum entitlements by nearly $20,000.


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.

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