Psychological and Bullying Compensation Case Studies
Our client was a young girl who was the victim of two armed robberies at her work place. Although there were no physical injuries she suffered post-traumatic stress disorder and developed schizophrenia. She was unable to cope with normal daily activities and became socially isolated and dependent upon medication.
Our client consulted lawyers who failed to bring a claim for damages against her employer for failing to provide a safe work place and so we pursued a late claim against the employer and a claim against the previous lawyers for the compensation of which our client was deprived as a result of their delay. The claim proceeded to the Court of Appeal and a very favourable settlement was negotiated.
WORKER SUFFERS PSYCHOLOGICAL INJURY
Our client was a young man employed as a safety officer on a major construction site. He was earning a good salary and had great career prospects.
A young apprentice sustained fatal injuries and our client arrived at the scene shortly afterwards and rendered assistance but was unable to save the life of the young apprentice. Our client suffered catastrophic psychological injuries and developed major depression and became addicted to alcohol and gambling. His relationship broke down and he was unable to return to any form of work.
A claim for damages for loss of earnings was made against his employer in the Supreme Court and settlement was achieved. We also successfully claimed substantial lump sum payments for total and permanent disability under our client’s superannuation policies.
INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOUR BY MANAGER
Our client was subjected to bullying and inappropriate behaviour by his manager and a fellow employee and suffered psychological injury. He received weekly compensation payments and we successfully claimed a lump sum payment for permanent impairment. We then proceeded to claim work injury damages resulting in a successful settlement with a substantial payment to our client.
DEDICATED POLICE OFFICER SUFFERS PSYCHOLOGICAL INJURY
Our client was an experienced and dedicated police officer expose to numerous horrific events during the course of his employment as a result of which he sustained psychological injury and was medically retired. We successfully pursue lump sum claims for permanent impairment.
Liability for work injury damages was denied but we successfully pursued this claim through the court resulting a substantial settlement in our client’s favour. We also successfully pursued claims for total and permanent disablement benefits through our client’s superannuation fund.
BULLYING AND HARASSMENT CLAIM BY SUPERVISOR
Our client was subjected to a number of comments by his supervisor which was quite distressing and demoralising. His supervisor would walk around his work station calling another worker and our client, Tweedledee and Tweedledum and would then ask ” Who is Dee and who is Dum ?”
Our client ultimately had to cease work as the situation and conduct of his supervisor’s comments were intolerable. His workers compensation claim was rejected by the insurer.
Our client subsequently put in a Review, which was rejected by the insurer, despite our client providing further support from his doctors.
After seeking legal advice we were able to commence proceedings in the Workers Compensation Commission and resolve his claim for lost wages and incurred medical expenses.