An employer has been ordered to produce its first-aid records and incident reports from the past 10 years, for an injured worker's bid to show the workplace's vibrations and "jolts" were capable of causing serious neck, back and hand conditions.
A superior court has quashed a finding that an occupational physician's incomplete answer in a report on a worker's injury was a deliberate omission pointing to a link between the injury and computer work.
A tribunal has rejected an employer's claim that a worker's post-traumatic stress disorder, diagnosed eight years after a traumatic incident, is secondary to his physical injuries and doesn't contribute to his permanent impairment entitlements.
A medical expert engaged by an employer's insurer failed to explain why he reversed his finding that a worker's neck injury was caused by a work incident, a superior court has found in rejecting the employer's fight against liability.
Two employers have unsuccessfully attempted to avoid liability for workplace injuries by (in the first case) relying on a consultant psychiatrist's unfounded claim that a worker was a "heavy drinker", and (in the second) contending a condition arose from a non-work-related restraining order application.
A worker who was on "availability duty" when he broke his leg, while walking his dog, was injured in the course of his employment, a tribunal has ruled, finding his employer's interpretation of the High Court test for interval injuries was too narrow.