What does permanent impairment mean and how is it assessed?

Permanent impairment is the term used to describe the permanent impact an injury has on an individual.

Courts and insurers refer to a permanent impairment calculator when assessing workers’ compensation. It works in percentages assuming that a person’s body is 100 per cent functional.

The rating is calculated based on how much the injury impacts the person’s ability to carry out their common daily activities. The more serious the injury, the higher the rating will be.

In most personal injury cases, impairment assessments include the rating plus an uplift of up to three per cent for the interference the injury has on daily activities.

Queensland work injury cases use the Guide to Evaluation of Permanent Impairment. Both WorkCover Queensland and your regular GP will do a permanent impairment assessment.

Disclaimer: This information is designed for general information in relation to Queensland compensation law. It does not constitute legal advice. We strongly recommend you seek legal advice in regards to your specific situation. For help understanding your rights, please call 1800 851 458 or chat via live chat to talk to one of our Lawyers today.

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