Workers Compensation Law News

Hear hear: work-related hearing loss

June 8, 2016

Click to Call HEAR HEAR: WORK-RELATED HEARING LOSS 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…

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When a car accident claim happens at work

November 10, 2014

WHEN A CAR ACCIDENT CLAIM HAPPENS AT WORK The issues that can arise when a person is injured at work as the result of a car accident were highlighted in a recent District Court case. The plaintiff was hit by a car while crossing the road to do her employer’s banking. As she was entitled…

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Can I get workers compensation in SA if I’m injured in another state?

October 7, 2014

CAN I GET WORKERS COMPENSATION IN SA IF I’M INJURED IN ANOTHER STATE? An SA social worker on a three-month placement on Christmas Island who suffered Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of her involvement with survivors of a boatload of asylum seekers that foundered on rocks with many passengers drowning had her claim…

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I’m a worker not a stripper

September 23, 2014

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…

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Does a termination payment mean I don’t get workers compensation?

September 9, 2014

DOES A TERMINATION PAYMENT MEAN I DON’T GET WORKERS COMPENSATION? What happens when a person who is injured at work receives a termination payment? Does that mean that they are not entitled to Workers Compensation payments for lost income because they’ve already been paid? This question arose when a Council employee who was employed on…

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Fly in fly out (FIFO) employees and workers compensation claims

March 22, 2013

FLY IN FLY OUT (FIFO) EMPLOYEES AND WORKERS COMPENSATION CLAIMS Working in the Coal Seam Gas Industry or the Mining Industry usually means workers are required to fly in and fly out of the work site on a rostered basis. You could spend as long as three weeks out of four on a site. You…

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Relying on the opinions of medical panels at trial

August 9, 2012

WHEN CAN A CRIMINAL CHARGE BE FINALISED WITHOUT A CONVICTION? 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…

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Compensation for hearing loss at work

June 12, 2012

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…

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Work capacity reviews – who has to prove them?

May 3, 2012

Click to Call Testimonials Find an Expert WORK CAPACITY REVIEWS – WHO HAS TO PROVE THEM? A person injured at work who has been incapacitated and in receipt of income maintenance payments under the SA Workers Compensation scheme for 130 weeks may be subjected to a Work Capacity Review to determine whether the Workers Compensation…

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Uncertainty about lump sum compensation for injured workers

April 18, 2012

UNCERTAINTY ABOUT LUMP SUM COMPENSATION FOR INJURED WORKERS A person who is injured at work and as a result suffers a permanent disability is entitled to a lump sum payment of compensation based on the percentage of impairment involved under section 43 of the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act. A recent judgment of the Full…

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