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…

09.082012
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RELYING ON THE OPINIONS OF MEDICAL PANELS AT TRIAL

The recent decision of the Workers Compensation Tribunal in relation to the matter of G v SAFECOM brings to the fore the spectre of the Opinions issued from Medical Panels SA (brought in under legislative changes in recent years). The crux of the matter considered by the Workers Compensation Tribunal in this case was as…

12.062012
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COMPENSATION FOR HEARING LOSS AT WORK

A worker who suffers hearing loss from exposure to noise in the workplace can claim a lump sum payment of compensation and the Workers Compensations laws help to overcome the difficulty of proving how or when the hearing loss occurred. In a recent case in the Workers Compensation Tribunal a worker claimed a lump sum…