The Federal Court has overturned a decision awarding a worker compensation for pain symptoms that arose after just one week into a new role, in a case examining the meanings of ailment and aggravation.
In a case highlighting the potential long-term impact of seemingly innocuous office injuries, a tribunal has found that medical records showing a worker's work injuries were asymptomatic when he was being treated for other ailments doesn't mean his work injuries have resolved.
A worker's exchange with inadequately trained supervisors in the aftermath of a violent altercation aggravated his PTSD from the incident, a court has found in ordering his employer to pay him more than $350,000 in damages.
The fact that a psychologically injured worker used her treatment sessions to "vent" about her day-to-day life stressors, rather than learn self-management skills, did not diminish the link between her condition and a 2004 work incident, the Federal Court has found.
An employer has been ordered to produce documents, for a psychiatric injury dispute, which could prove a worker was concerned and injured by a manager's inappropriate behaviour well before the worker was subjected to purportedly reasonable disciplinary action.
A worker suing his host employer after high-pressure fluid pierced his hand has unsuccessfully argued the company should have extended guarding on the relevant pipes and fittings. A court found these claims were retrospective.
An adverse action claim lodged by a worker - who was sacked after seeking stop-bullying orders, and before claiming workers' compensation - isn't barred by Federal provisions prohibiting double-dipping, a judge has ruled.
In important concurrent judgments, a tribunal full bench has quashed, for lack of evidence, a finding that steroid injections proposed for an injured worker constitute compensable surgery, and upheld a ruling that another injured worker's nerve block injections aren't surgical treatments.
A tribunal has rejected a worker's claim that her tennis elbow was exacerbated by her employer introducing a new computer program that froze constantly, requiring her to click her computer mouse more frequently.