Workers compensation battle over COVID-19 death
Family wins first round in workers’ compensation battle over COVID-19 death!
The grieving family of a man who died from coronavirus while travelling overseas for work last year has won what is likely to be the first round in its battle to have the NSW workers’ compensation scheme cover his death and treatment costs.
It is the first known workers’ compensation dispute relating to COVID-19 to go to a tribunal in Australia, in part because of the amount at stake: a $834,000 death payout and potentially $11 million in medical expenses.
NSW’s Personal Injury Commission rejected iCare’s argument that Georges Sara’s illness was not the result of his work, but could perhaps have been contracted while socialising.
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