Goudappel High Court Decision
On Friday, 16 May 2014 the High Court overturned the Court of Appeal decision in Goudappel v Adco. This is another blow to injured workers who, for the most part, now find their rights to Workers Compensation insurance benefits either non-existent, limited or soon to be extinguished.
Mr Goudappel sustained an injury at work some years prior to the 2012 NSW State Liberal Government’s Amendments to Workers Compensation benefits. He put in his claim form, received a claim number from the insurer, had a claims officer appointed and received some payments for his time off work and his medical expenses. All before the Government’s changes commencing on 19 June 2012.
On the 19 June 2012 the Government decided to move the goal posts on injured workers and brought in new changes. For the most part those changes reduced and/or extinguished their rights to compensation through its WorkCover funded insurance Scheme.