Case Studies

 

Injured worker wins $1.2 million, court finds "common practice" flawed

A mining employer has been ordered to pay an injured labour-hire worker - who fell from a steep ladder on a 50-tonne dump truck - more than $1.2 million, after the NSW Court of Appeal confirmed that "common practice was not necessarily prudent practice". Continue reading

High Court rules on engineering controls, worker wins $265K

The High Court has found that WOMA Pty Ltd, which supplied a hose and vacuum truck to a Hydrosweep Pty Ltd worker, was liable for the injury. A Hydrosweep worker who was seriously injured when his arm was sucked into an industrial-strength vacuum hose has been awarded $265,000 compensation. Continue reading

Storage error costs employer $490K in damages

The Victorian Supreme Court has awarded a packaging worker $490,000 in damages after considering the extent of the workers physical and psychological pain and suffering, and her reduced earning capacity. The worker was injured after a heavy pallet that was not safely stored fell on her leg, causing multiple injuries.Continue reading

Injured worker wins $700K in damages despite congenital condition

A permanently injured Queensland worker has been awarded nearly $700,000 in damages, after a judge rejected claims that part of the payout should be halved due to the worker's psychiatric disorder and congenital foot deformities. "A discount of the size contended for by the defendants would place excessive weight on adverse contingencies," Justice Peter Applegarth said. Continue reading