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First death benefit claim for contracting COVID-19 while working

In Sara v G & S Sara Pty Ltd [2021] NSWPIC 286 the applicant made a claim for compensation after her husband passed away due to contracting the COVID-19 virus whilst on a work trip in New York. The respondent, G & S Sara Pty Ltd, was one of a group of companies in the Stoneglass Group that provided dental technician products and services across the healthcare sector in Australia and the United States, and the deceased worker was a director of each of the entities in the Stoneglass Group.

Proposed amendments to give the Personal Injury Commission power to control service providers

The proposed amendments to the Motor Accidents Injuries Act,Workers Compensation Act 1987, and the Workplace Injury Management and Workers Compensation Act 1998 would give the Personal Injury Commission (PIC) the power to exclude service providers who are overservicing and overcharging.

Supporting our injured firefighters and emergency service workers – Potential changes to the NSW workers compensation scheme 2021

The NSW government has recently introduced the Motor Accidents and Workers Compensation Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 to make changes to the workers compensation legislation largely in response to the catastrophic bush fire season of 2019. It has since passed the Legislative Assembly and awaits scrutiny in the Legislative Council.

Proposed changes to the Motor Accident Injuries Act – what you need to know

Following the recommendation of Justice Fagan in AAI Limited v Singh1 the Motor Accidents and Workers Compensation Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 was tabled on 23 June 2021.

When is an injury not an injury?

Hicksons was recently successful in a Presidential Appeal in the Workers Compensation Commission, confirming that Arbitrators need to determine “the nature of an injury”. 

You need to lift big to gain big (damages)

Powell v JFIT Holdings t/as New Dimensions Health and Fitness Centre - [2020] NSWDC 264  

No s66 compensation payable when death follows shortly after an injury

The court of appeal handed down its decision in Hunter Quarries Pty Limited v Alexandra Mexon as Administrator for the Estate of the Late Ryan Messenger [2018] NSWCA 178 on 16 August 2018. It is a significant pronouncement by the full court confirming no s66 compensation is payable where death occurs within a short time after the injury.

Changes to the way impairment is assessed

From 1 April 2016, there will be changes to the way in which whole person impairment (WPI) is assessed, as the NSW Workers Compensation Guidelines for the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, 4th edition take effect.

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