Business SA chief executive Martin Haese also expressed concern over the implications of the ruling, saying that average ReturnToWorkSA premiums will likely skyrocket.
Meanwhile, Summerfield’s lawyer Kathleen Chambers hailed the decision of the High Court.
“It’s a very big win for those injured workers,” said Chambers as quoted by ABC News. “We’re talking about people that will never work again and will have a need for lifetime care, lifetime medical expenses.”
Summerfield also praised his lawyer, adding that he hopes the ruling will make things easier for people like him.
“I’m pleased for all the other people that will come after me. Hopefully things will be a bit easier for them,” he told ABC.