An injured worker's $30,000 anti-discrimination settlement, described as "General Damages" in the deed of release, did not prevent him from pursuing workers' compensation or work injury damages, an appeals court has ruled in quashing two earlier decisions in favour of a major employer.
An employer has been found liable for a worker's permanent impairment resulting from his fall at home and leg amputation, with a commission identifying a causal link to his work-related shoulder injury.
An employer's purported failure to comply with its WHS duties, apply its anti-bullying policies or actively supervise school students did not materially cause an incident where a worker was struck on the back of the head by a soccer ball, a judge has ruled in a $600,000 damages case.
An appeals commission has rejected a worker's claim that his heart condition and attack were aggravated entirely by his "heavy" work tasks, after hearing his duties were suitable for a "not very fit" employee.
A worker's fatal heart attack caused by the stress of attending proceedings to defend her compensation claim was causally related to a work injury, a commission has found in awarding her family death benefits.
A psychologically injured worker's dysfunctional relationship with a purportedly messy co-worker, whose constant meetings and phone calls disrupted his work, did not constitute an "action" that barred his access to compensation, an appeals judge has ruled.
Surgical screws and rods aren't "hardware" incidental to an injured worker's proposed back surgery, but compensable "artificial aids" available to him beyond the expiry of his weekly benefits, an appeals commission has found.
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.