25.102016
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EARS LEFT RINGING AFTER WORKPLACE INJURY

– By Geoffrey Wark – A man who claimed that his employment conditions caused tinnitus has been awarded compensation by the South Australian Employment Tribunal (Tribunal). This case is significant because it was found that the connection of the injury to the man’s work did not have to be explained by “precise” medical science. Background…

06.102016
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WORKERS COMPENSATION: WHEN IS IT TOO LATE TO CLAIM?

– By Christopher Loxton and Geoffrey Wark – In separate decisions, two workers were recently allowed to make workers compensation claims, even though they were well out-of-time.  One case concerned industrial deafness, or noise induced hearing loss (NIHL), and the other was a back injury. Hearing Loss In this case, the worker had received workers…

27.092016
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A FALL AT THE FOOTY: IS IT WORK?

– By Christopher Loxton – Most people would assume that if you go to the footy and get injured, you can’t get workers compensation because you’re not at work.  But that’s not always the case.  Employee activities outside of work hours may still attract an entitlement to compensation if it can be proven that the…

08.062016
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HEAR HEAR: WORK-RELATED HEARING LOSS

By Christopher Loxton A decision of the Workers Compensation Tribunal makes it clear that when it comes to work-related hearing loss, the sooner a claim is made, the better. Hearing loss can cause great hardship for some people, especially because sometimes it can be hard to tell what has brought it on. This was the…

20.102014
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AVERAGE WEEKLY EARNINGS – WHAT IS A FAIR AVERAGE?

When it comes to calculating weekly Workers Compensation payments sometimes the ‘average’ just isn’t right, as the Workers Compensation Tribunal decided in a recent case. A person who is incapacitated as a result of a work injury is entitled to weekly payments of income maintenance calculated in accordance with the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act….

23.092014
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I’M A WORKER NOT A STRIPPER

Showgirls at an Adelaide striptease venue are ‘workers’ because their elaborate dresses and other apparel are their ‘tools of trade’ but in contrast their makeup, cream, strawberries and neon paint were the materials with which they worked. The issue arose when the Supreme Court was called upon to determine whether the showgirls came within the…