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CAN YOU GET WORKERS COMPENSATION FOR ALCOHOLISM?

July 14, 2017

CAN YOU GET WORKERS COMPENSATION FOR ALCOHOLISM? – By Courtney Chan – When a man turned to alcohol to self-medicate after suffering a workplace injury, his general health deteriorated. When he then made a workers compensation claim, the question was whether there was a link between his alcohol consumption and his work-related injury. Background – workers compensation (WorkCover) and…

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WORKERS COMPENSATION: ARE SUBSEQUENT INJURIES COMPENSABLE?

June 20, 2017

WORKERS COMPENSATION: ARE SUBSEQUENT INJURIES COMPENSABLE? – By Christopher Loxton – When a man suffered a heart attack three weeks after his employment was terminated, he claimed that it was the result of depression that was caused by his employment. It raised a question about whether he could claim workers compensation for the heart attack.…

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WORKERS COMPENSATION: ARE YOUR WEEKLY PAYMENTS AT RISK?

May 23, 2017

WORKERS COMPENSATION: ARE YOUR WEEKLY PAYMENTS AT RISK? – By Christopher Loxton, Glen Pearce, Geoffrey Wark– If you’ve been receiving workers compensation weekly payments for up to 2 years, you need to be aware that 30 June 2017 is a significant date. Not only is it the end of the financial year, but for many…

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WORKER’S COMPENSATION: EMPLOYMENT AND PSYCHIATRIC INJURY

April 18, 2017

WORKER’S COMPENSATION: EMPLOYMENT AND PSYCHIATRIC INJURY – By Glen Pearce – When a person’s employment causes them to suffer a psychiatric injury such as depression, the question of whether they are entitled to worker’s compensation is not always straightforward.  Changes in workers compensation laws as well as the interaction of industrial law issues all combine…

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CAN I CLAIM WORKERS COMP IF MY INJURY CAUSES ANOTHER INJURY?

March 21, 2017

CAN I CLAIM WORKERS COMP IF MY INJURY CAUSES ANOTHER INJURY? – By Courtney Chan – You would expect a claim for being injured at work to be pretty straightforward.  But what happens if that original injury leads to other complications?  Can you be compensated if a back injury eventually causes problems in your shoulders…

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NEW EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNAL SYSTEM PROMISES GREATER EFFICIENCY

February 28, 2017

NEW EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNAL SYSTEM PROMISES GREATER EFFICIENCY – By Courtney Chan – A new streamlined system for the South Australian Employment Tribunal (SAET) will be introduced from 1 July 2017. It will increase the spectrum of employment related cases that can be heard by SAET. The current set-up The Fair Work Commission, which oversees the…

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CAN YOU GET WORKERS COMPENSATION FOR A DEGENERATIVE INJURY?

January 12, 2017

CAN YOU GET WORKERS COMPENSATION FOR A DEGENERATIVE INJURY? – By Christopher Loxton  – What happens when you have a bad back, dodgy knee or other injury and it’s made worse by your work? Can you get workers compensation? That was the situation for a butcher who suffered a left knee injury and then won…

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SUPERANNUATION: DO YOU HAVE INSURANCE?

January 10, 2017

SUPERANNUATION: DO YOU HAVE INSURANCE? – By Andrew Carpenter – If you suffer a serious injury that leaves you totally and permanently disabled or in need of income support, you may need to rely on insurance to meet your financial obligations. Such injuries can put a lot of stress on you and your family, as…

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WHAT’S THE BUZZ: MOSQUITO BITES LEAD TO COMPENSATION CLAIM

November 15, 2016

WHAT’S THE BUZZ: MOSQUITO BITES LEAD TO COMPENSATION CLAIM – By Courtney Chan – A woman who was diagnosed with arthritis after being severely bitten by mosquitos has been successful in her claim for workers compensation. Background The woman was a 60 year-old lecturer in hairdressing, employed by TAFE SA. She had expressed an interest…

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EARS LEFT RINGING AFTER WORKPLACE INJURY

October 25, 2016

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…

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