Most bizarre workers compensation claims in 2017

Date: Jan 31, 2018

Workers compensation claims ensure that people who are injured or become ill while performing their jobs are provided with financial support until they have recovered enough to return.

In 2015-16, there were nearly 105,000 serious workers compensation claims, according to Safe Work Australia. However, while the majority of claims are legitimate, some arguably aren’t in the spirit of the scheme.

Let’s take a look at some of the more bizarre claims from public sector employees that came to light in Australia last year.

1. Lawn-mowing compensation

An Australian Bureau of Statistics clerk recently had his workers compensation claim turned down after arguing that he was unable to mow his lawn anymore.

The man said his two adult children and wife were unable to do the task in his place, but he refused to allow the Administrative Appeals Tribunal to cross-examine them, the Canberra Times reported.

He had previously received garden maintenance allowance until late 2012, although his payments were refused after that date, leading to a six-year legal battle.

The man’s compensation was eventually turned down last year when the tribunal found his evidence exaggerated and unconvincing.

2. Breast reduction surgery expenses

Another public sector worker tried to claim $20,000 after she had breast reduction surgery in order to alleviate shoulder and neck pain.

The plaintiff argued long hours hunched over a desk had caused her weight to balloon to over 100 kg, resulting in her bust size increasing from a DD to between EE and F.

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal originally rejected her claim, but this decision was set aside in the Federal Court. A different tribunal came to the same decision, with the woman ultimately paying for the surgery herself.

3. Sex injuries and dietary requirements

According to News Limited, one woman was refused compensation for an injury she sustained while having sex on a work trip.

The claimant pulled a light fixture off a motel room wall during the steamy romp, which cut her nose and mouth. The case apparently cost taxpayers $600,000 before it was rejected.

Another woman pursued workers compensation because she took longer coffee breaks in order to find food appropriate for her dietary requirements.

She said the breaks caused her boss to treat her unreasonably, aggravating her adjustment disorder and leading to time off work. This claim was also dismissed.

Pursuing a workers compensation claim

While some of these cases may seem spurious, insurers often turn down legitimate claims, resulting in genuine applicants experiencing serious financial problems after an injury or illness prevents them from working.

If you have been rejected for workers compensation, please get in touch with Gerard Malouf & Partners Compensation, Medical Negligence & Will Dispute Lawyers for help with your case.

Call us now on 1800 004 878 to book a free appointment with one of my compensation experts, or email your enquiry.