I think I got Covid 19 at Work – What can I do?

The Corona Virus pandemic has shut a lot of businesses down, but also caused significant illness and even, sadly, death. Many workers are able to work from home, or at least able take protective measures to limit contact with people. The situation is far more dangerous for those essential workers who must come into contact… Continue reading I think I got Covid 19 at Work – What can I do?

Are you an Employee or a Contractor?

Are you an Employee or a Contractor?.  That was a question that was determined in the Supreme Court of Tasmania when the Court found that an employee was a contractor although the employer claimed he was a contractor.  The ramifications are significant for both the worker and the employer. The employer disputed liability to pay… Continue reading Are you an Employee or a Contractor?

Compensation Awarded to Permanently Disabled Employees

Two workers were recently left permanently disabled following a 12 storey fall while inside a cleaning platform.  They plunged around 25 to 30 metres, hitting an awning above Pitt Street in Sydney.  The Court found that the employer was aware that a 10 year major inspection of the window cleaning platform was due but failed… Continue reading Compensation Awarded to Permanently Disabled Employees

$10,000,000 awarded to injured worker

In a recent case, an injured worker was awarded $10 million dollars in compensation. The 24 year old was employed on a rural property and suffered serious head and facial injuries as a result of a fall from a quad bike.  This accident left her in a vegetative state. Following the accident she commenced proceedings… Continue reading $10,000,000 awarded to injured worker

Workplace Injury

In the workplace many people suffer injury and sometimes in a most unusual way. When this happens that person may be entitled to compensation for workplace injury which could be substantial. In one case we represented an office worker whom injured his neck when he became startled by a faulty alarm going off.  He  successfully… Continue reading Workplace Injury

Injured at work?

Have you been injured in the course of your employment.  If you have you most likely have a right to workers compensation, and possibly also to compensation from any other party whom may have caused the injury. We recently acting for a client, lets call her Jane.  Shortly after commencing her employment with Coles Supermarket,… Continue reading Injured at work?

Changes to Workers Compensation Legislation in 2018 – Not much to help workers

The Workers Compensation Scheme has changed again, but what has really changed? Is it going to be better for workers? Or are we just moving the red tape around? Workers Compensation has long been accused of being overly complex, bureaucratic, and incomprehensible. Add to that the gradual stripping away of benefits for workers over the… Continue reading Changes to Workers Compensation Legislation in 2018 – Not much to help workers

Workers Compensation – Outside Work

Can a worker claim for Workers Compensation due to an injury outside of work? A work injury gives rise to certain types of compensation, in many situations where it doesn’t actually happen at work.  A worker need only show there was enough of a connection with employment that the injury “arises out of or in… Continue reading Workers Compensation – Outside Work

Workers Compensation Claim – Hearing Loss and Noisy Workplaces

We recently acted for a client, we’ll call him Carl (not his real name).  Carl had worked in a number of different jobs over many years.  He contacted our firm to see if he may be entitled to make a Workers Compensation Claim. Carl worked in construction near railroads and later moved onto driving buses.  It… Continue reading Workers Compensation Claim – Hearing Loss and Noisy Workplaces

Workers Compensation “Reasonably Excused” – what does that mean?

We acted for Jill who was a retail assistant in a large company. A couple of things happened at work which were outside her control, which caused her to develop severe stress and anxiety. Finally, Jill visited her doctor who put her off work. Jill notified her employer that she had sustained a psychological injury,… Continue reading Workers Compensation “Reasonably Excused” – what does that mean?