6.2 Impairment Benefits


6.2.1 Overview of impairment benefits | 6.2.2 Determine liability | 6.2.3 Calculate entitlement | 6.2.4 Impairment assessments | 6.2.5 Psychiatric injury | 6.2.6 Hearing loss | 6.2.7 Loss of a foetus | 6.2.8 Table of maims claims | 6.2.9 Compensation tables | 6.2.10 No disadvantage compensation table | 6.2.11 Table of modification to degrees of impairment | 6.2.12 Further injury hearing loss table


Impairment benefits (IB Impairment Benefits) and Table of Maims provide lump sum compensation for permanent impairment or disabilities incurred through work-related An injury/disease is work related if it arose out of or in the course of employment and the scope of employment. injury.

Two different types of compensation

This chapter covers two different types of compensation, each with their own conditions and procedures.

Impairment claims – injuries on and after 12/11/97

Impairment benefits (non-economic loss benefits) for injuries incurred on or after 12 November 1997. Impairment benefits are discussed in the main body of this chapter.


Note: There are separate processes for claims lodged on or after 12 November 1997 and before 18 November 2004 and those lodged on or after 18 November 2004.

Maims & pain and suffering claims – injuries after 31/08/85 & before 12/11/97

Lump sum entitlements based on the Table of Maims, for injuries incurred before 12 November 1997 provide compensation for permanent disability. For information about maims, see Table of maims claims.


Correct procedures

It is vital that correct procedures are followed and correct calculations are based on the relevant injury date. Refer to the correct section in this chapter that matches the type of claim.

IB claim lodged before 18/11/04 and not withdrawn

Impairments benefit claims lodged before 18 November 2004 that have not been withdrawn by the worker/workers solicitors are to be processed in line with the legislation in place before the implementation of the 2004 legislative amendments.

IB claim lodged before 18/11/04 and has been withdrawn

Impairment benefit claims lodged before 18 November 2004 that have been withdrawn by the worker/workers solicitors and have been re-lodged on or after 18 November 2004 are to be processed in line with the legislation in place post the implementation of the 2004 legislative amendments.

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