A recent decision involving one state's largest employer has underscored principles limiting an employer's statutory obligations to provide suitable employment to workers with compensable injuries, lawyers say.
A worker has proven a causal link between his life-threatening heart condition and a crush injury sustained at work 15 years earlier. Meanwhile, a worker's widow has been awarded lump sum compensation, despite this benefit not being available to her at the time of the worker's death.
In a long-running dispute, a tribunal has rejected a travelling worker's whooping cough and stroke claim, after being forced to disregard evidence of whooping cough infection rates in the relevant region.
A worker has been allowed to combine his degrees of impairment from his fall injuries, abnormal gait and medication to surpass the serious injury threshold, while another worker has received a lump sum boost for multiple injuries arising from the same trauma.
A worker's severe contact dermatitis, resulting from exposure to lubricants, limited "some" rather than "many" of his activities of daily living, a tribunal has found in halving his degree of whole person impairment to below the serious injury threshold.
A tribunal has stressed that blocking injured workers' benefits can have a devastating impact on families, in using its discretionary powers to continue, with conditions, weekly payments to a man who was sacked for misconduct.