Workers Compensation Law News
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…Read More
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.…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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