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Top Court Gives Lead-Poison Victim One More Shot at Workers’ Comp Benefits

Partial vindication for an ironworker who’s been fighting workers’ comp for benefits for work-related lead poisoning and repetitive strain injury since 2016. In the latest appeal, the New Brunswick Court of Appeal, the highest in the province, ruled that the Workers’ Comp Appeal Tribunal’s decision to uphold the denial was flawed because it simply “cut and paste” from the letter of denial without considering the ironworker’s medical evidence and oral testimony. So, the Court ordered a do-over on the appeal [St-Cœur v. New Brunswick (Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission), 2019 NBCA 30 (CanLII), April 26, 2019].