A man who sustained an injured ankle after being attacked by a pig has been awarded compensation, despite his employer insisting that the injuries were a result of playing a game with his dog.
A pig, dog, and broken ankle
A boar estimated to weigh around 220 kilograms attacked a man working at an artificial insemination breeding center in May 2015. This resulted in injuries to his right knee and a fractured femur. After several months, the man returned to work at the centre, albeit with a limp and continued pain. He eventually increased his work capacity back to regular duties in August 2016 – at this stage, the victim was still experiencing discomfort in his leg.
The man explained to the South Australian Employment Tribunal that on September 10 he had returned home from work and played a game of tug-of-war with his dog, when he felt a sudden pain in his right leg. Due to this pain, the victim opted to put more pressure on his left leg to balance himself when his ankle "gave way" beneath him. The man described this pain as feeling as if he can completely rolled his left ankle.
In the following days, the man returned to doctors where it was discovered that he had avascular necrosis of the ankle, where the bone tissue dies due to a lack of blood supply caused by a fracture. The man expressed to the Tribunal that this was believed to have been a result of returning to work too early after the pig attack. Despite the employer insisting that the injuries weren't a direct result of workplace activity, the Tribunal awarded compensation to the victim under the Return To Work Act (SA).
I have been injured in the workplace in NSW, how can I make a claim?
If you have sustained an injury as a result of your work, you can seek compensation under the Workers Compensation Act 1987 (NSW). Depending on the nature and cause of your injury, you may be eligible for payment covering:
If your compensation claim has been refused, or you believe you haven't been paid a fair amount of cover for your injury, it's important to seek legal expertise. Get in touch with the team at Gerard Malouf & Partners to assist with your claim.