An injured worker has been denied the ongoing costs of chiropractic treatments she has received for more than 30 years, after a tribunal found they were passive treatments that did not achieve measurable benefits.
A company that paid a "contractor" an hourly rate could be held liable for his heart attack death, with a tribunal finding the man's past business patterns and work with other companies are not determinative of whether he was a "worker" when he died.
In an important and much anticipated case, an appeals court has found a worker can't "combine" his impairments from a back injury and from being over-prescribed opioid medication to increase his lump sum payment.
An employer has been ordered to pay nearly $600,000 to an apprentice who was injured slipping over, in a case highlighting the importance of ensuring workers routinely inspect and clean surfaces, including those under movable equipment.
An employer has been permitted to recover more than half of a $320,000 settlement paid to the widow of a worker who died of skin cancer, in a Federal Court case examining shared liability provisions and the meaning of compensation.
A worker's last dusty employer has been found liable for his silicosis, after a tribunal found there was "at least a modest association" between his employment and the re-emerging occupational disease.
A worker who claimed his supervisor's flatulence constituted assault that contributed to his injuries has lost his second bid for $1.8 million in damages, with an appeals court finding, among other things, that his former employer's purported lack of OHS and HR policies was irrelevant.
The Federal Court has confirmed that a heated handover meeting unreasonably contributed to a worker's psych injury, but agreed that a tribunal focused too heavily on the operational purpose of the meeting.