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  • April 17, 2020Tribunal concludes that Telstra didn’t cause heart attack

    Faltusz and Telstra Corporation Ltd [2019] AATA 5995.   Key Points: Mr Faltusz claimed workers’ compensation following a heart attack, suffered outside of his workplace, while he was waiting for a bus. The Tribunal found there was no link between Mr Faltusz’s employment and the claimed condition. The Tribunal found in favour of the employer. […]

  • April 17, 2020What we can learn from NZ’s workers’ compensation scheme regarding hernia claims?

    David MacDonald v Accident Compensation Corporation [2009] NZACC 153.   Background: In the United Kingdom in 1996, Smith G D, Crosby D L and Lewis P A conducted a study into 129 patients who had a total of 145 inguinal hernias. The study showed that in only 7% of cases the hernia was subjectively attributable to […]

  • April 17, 2020Full or partial remittal? That is the question

    Lim and Comcare (Compensation) [2018] AATA 4354.   Key Points: Psychological injury sustained in the course of reasonable administrative action Decision remitted to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal from the Full Court of the Federal Court There was a question over whether the Full Court’s remittal to the Tribunal was a full or partial remittal Breach […]

  • April 16, 2020Extension of limitation period denied, in favour of Doctor

    Smith v Reader [2020] QSC 48.   Key Points: The Supreme Court of Queensland considered an application for an extension of the limitation period on the basis of an expert report constituting a “material fact of a decisive character” pursuant to s 31 of the Limitation of Actions Act 1974 (Qld), and whether there was […]

  • March 19, 2020Not my employee! Consideration of an employers’ liability exclusion clause

    Marketform Managing Agency Ltd for and on behalf of the Underwriting Members of Syndicate 2468 for the 2009 Year of Account v Ashcroft Supa IGA Orange Pty Ltd [2020] NSWCA 36 (10 March 2020).   Key Points An appeal and cross-appeal were filed on the basis that the primary judge erred in his interpretation of […]

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