Worker's Comp OK'd For 9 With Breast Cancer At ABC/Brisbane
July 19, 2007 at 12:23 PM (PT)
Nine of the 15 women who were diagnosed with breast cancer at the AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORP.'s BRISBANE studio complex have won approval of their workers' compensation claims. The cluster of cancer cases led the ABC to close the studios and move the workers to scattered locations last year.
The ABC's Web site reports that COMCARE has used a "rare provision" to grant the application despite no proven link between the studio location and the incidences of cancer. COMCARE Acting CEO MARTIN DOLAN tells the ABC, "What we've established is that in this case, there is clearly a significant so-called cluster, and so as long as a claim is seen to be associated with that, it's passed pretty much the first hurdle in our determination."
An attorney for the women, ROGER SING, tells the ABC, "It's not a case of suing the ABC at this point in time. What we're doing is seeking to recover recompense for these ladies to cover the losses that they've suffered, income losses, associated expenses, and some acknowledgment of the pain and suffering. We will be liaising with the ABC and the insurer to see that this next phase is properly dealt with and dealt with quickly."