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Plaintiff acted contrary to training

Evans v State of Queensland [2013] QDC 277

Reid DCJ

11 November 2013

Background

A police officer suffered a nose, wrist and psychiatric injury when she was struck by an offender while attempting to extract his car keys from a car. The injured worker also alleged that her psychiatric condition was aggravated during a subsequent training session that involved a similar scenario. She had a number of previous personality and non-work issues that the court accepted had significantly impacted on her psychiatric condition. She alleged that the prior training to deal with the scenario had been inadequate.

Judgement

The Court accepted that the injured worker acted contrary to her training by reaching into a vehicle to remove car keys. The Court found the injured worker was an unreliable and, in some instances, a dishonest witness.

Plaintiff's claim dismissed.