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‘Long-COVID’ - Dealing with COVID-19 workplace injuries and consequential conditions

The current two-week lockdown in NSW is a timely reminder that COVID-19 and the risk of COVID-19 infections in the course of employment remain real, particularly for those essential workers who are unable to work from home.

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”. 

Glass half full – alcohol abuser’s deduction for vicissitudes reduced by Court of Appeal

This appeal is about:When the usual deduction for vicissitudes can be increased and for what reasons;Which experts and expert reports should be given weight over others; andWhat evidence justifies an award of future domestic assistance on a commercial basis.

Reasonably perfect – an occupier’s duty of reasonable care

Proceedings in the District Court of NSW against Woolworths Limited as the operator and occupier of the supermarket, claiming damages for injuries sustained.

Plaintiff loses shopping trolley collision claim

Vincent v Woolworths Ltd [2016] NSWCA 40 relates to a claim brought by Ms Vincent (plaintiff) in respect to injuries sustained when she stepped backwards off a small safety step ladder in a Woolworths Supermarket and collided with a shopping trolley being pushed by a customer.

Child ran over and seriously injured by family’s ride-on mower

The Court of Appeal of Western Australia has weathered a storm of creative arguments to hold that “normally living” at a residence, within the meaning of an exclusion clause (in home insurance liability cover), is not an ‘act’ within the meaning, or attracting the operation, of section 54(1) of the Insurance Contracts Act 1984 (Cth)(ICA).

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