Adviceline Injury Lawyers has helped an injured Victorian worker establish that he has suffered a serious and permanent injury as a result of his employment.
Throughout his employment, the worker was exposed to unsafe work practices, and ongoing bullying and harassment. Unfortunately, these practices led to him developing a significant psychiatric injury, and he was unable to continue working.
Associate Linda Hanley from Adviceline Injury Lawyers applied to WorkSafe for a serious injury certificate on behalf of the worker. This application was rejected on the basis that WorkSafe did not accept that the worker's injury was severe enough to be considered a serious injury , and the matter was referred to the County Court for hearing.
In his judgment delivered in June 2015, His Honour Judge Saccardo found that the worker had suffered a psychiatric illness of sufficient severity to be considered serious within the meaning of the law. His Honour was particularly critical of the Defendant's cross-examination of the worker and reliance on surveillance footage, which he described as having absolutely no merit .
The win means that the worker is now entitled to pursue a claim for compensation for his pain and suffering, as well as income he has lost in the past and in will continue to lose into the future because of his work-related injury.
After a workplace injury, it is important to get accurate advice from professionals who assist injured workers every day. If you or someone you know has suffered an injury at work, we invite you to speak to one of our expert injury lawyers on (03) 9321 9988.