“My husband committed suicide due to a work-related injury, so his employer should pay out the death benefit.” Which case won?
Man injured at work receives workers compensation benefits
In October 2011, a man sustained injuries to his knees after bending and twisting to straighten a heavy pallet of goods.
He required surgery on both knees, lived with chronic pain thereafter and was restricted in his work capabilities.
His employer’s workers compensation insurer accepted liability for the knee injuries and began payment of weekly benefits and treatment expenses in relation to those injuries.
Man commits suicide and widow claims lump sum death benefit
In early 2012, the man developed major depression. On 1 March 2013 he took his own life by overdosing on his anti-depressant medication.
After his death, the man’s widow sought payment of a lump sum death benefit from the employer’s workers compensation insurer.
The employer’s insurer denied liability and the widow lodged a dispute with the NSW Personal Injury Commission.