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Tribunal finds headaches are not an “injury”

December 2, 2020

Wuth and Comcare [2020] AATA 3625   Key Points: The Tribunal was required to consider liability for a chronic daily headache condition. The Tribunal highlighted the importance of distinguishing between symptoms and an identifiable physiological change. In the absence of any physiological change the Tribunal concluded that Ms Wuth had not suffered an injury for […]

Tribunal rejects application for Stay Order

December 2, 2020

Clavero and Australian Postal Corporation [2020] AATA 4167.   Key Points: Mr Clavero sustained an injury to his cervical spine while working for the Australian Postal Corporation. After his compensation payments were ceased, Mr Clavero applied to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for a stay order. The Tribunal refused to grant the order.   Background: Mr […]

Back claim fails for former pasta maker

November 30, 2020

Hovenden and Comcare [2020] AATA 3695 (21 September 2020).   Key Points: The Tribunal was asked to decide whether an employee suffered an exacerbation of his low back condition as a result of his work as a Customer Service Officer for Services Australia. The Tribunal found that flare ups of symptoms did not amount to […]

Crawford & Company® acquires HBA Group

November 5, 2020

Australian legal enterprise becomes part of Crawford Legal Services   LONDON (November 4, 2020) Crawford & Company® (NYSE: CRD-A and CRD-B), the world’s largest publicly listed independent provider of claims management and outsourcing solutions to carriers, brokers and corporates is pleased to announce the acquisition of Australia-based HBA Group as part of the continuing expansion […]

It’s official: HBA among WA’s best insurance firms

October 14, 2020

Well-respected Doyle’s Guide has announced the leading defendant insurance lawyers and law firms in Western Australia for 2020, with HBA Legal appearing across four key categories. Lawyers, barristers and firms are awarded based on feedback from industry peers, clients and relevant industry bodies. HBA has been named among the top law firms in the following defendant […]

Pride in Law expands into WA with HBA Legal

October 12, 2020

PERTH: HBA Legal has become the latest law firm to support Pride in Law, as the association dedicated to the LGBTIQ+ legal community expands into Western Australia. Starting in Queensland in 2017, and then branching into Western Australia this year, Pride in Law seeks to erase homophobia, gender inequality, and other affronts to individuals, families, […]

Tribunal: chemical sensitivity not an ‘injury’ but employee’s claim gets up

October 12, 2020

Flood and Comcare (Compensation) [2020] AATA 2152.   Key Points: The Tribunal considered whether a Centrelink employee was entitled to receive ongoing compensation for multiple chemical sensitivity syndrome. The Tribunal found that multiple chemical sensitivity syndrome is not commonly accepted as a medical condition and instead concluded that Ms Flood suffers from a psychological condition. […]

Aust. Post worker denied third back surgery

October 12, 2020

Wilson and Australian Postal Corporation (Compensation) [2020] AATA 2446.   Key Points The Tribunal was asked to consider whether an Australia Post employee was entitled to compensation in respect of a C7/T1 anterior cervical discectomy under section 16 of the SRC Act. The Tribunal found in favour of the Respondent.   Background Mr Wilson was […]

No diagnosis = claim denied

October 12, 2020

Crisp and Comcare [2020] AATA 1122.   Key Points: The Tribunal was asked to decide whether Mr Crisp sustained a bilateral wrist injury, as a result of his employment with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. The Tribunal concluded that Mr Crisp did not suffer from an ailment and found in favour of Comcare. […]

Inconsistent evidence not fatal to applicant’s claim

September 22, 2020

Chugha and Comcare [2020] AATA 2835.   Key Points:   The Tribunal was required to consider whether Mr Chugha’s accepted psychiatric condition continued to be significantly contributed to by his employment. The Tribunal found that Mr Chugha’s complaints of severe incapacity did not sit with the factual evidence on file, including social media posts about […]