Specific rules apply to determine the percentage of whole person impairment to ensure a worker is eligible to apply for an ICRP Intensive Case Review Program settlement A lump sum payment that replaces an injured worker's right to ongoing weekly compensation..
Assessment of impairment ICRP
To have their impairment assessed, the worker must:
- make a claim for impairment benefits
- have the degree of their impairment assessed
- accept the assessment or if the matter was referred to the Medical Panel Under the legislation, unless inconsistent with the context or subject-matter — Medical Panel means a Medical Panel constituted under Division 2 of Part 12 for an opinion, the worker must have received the Medical Panel’s opinion of their impairment level.
Psychiatric impairment ICRP
The Agent must combine any primary psychiatric assessments with the assessment of physical impairments if all the following apply:
- psychiatric and physical impairments arise from the same 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
- worker has had an impairment assessment which includes an assessment of psychiatric impairment
- worker has accepted the assessments or the assessments have been referred to a Medical Panel, which has provided an opinion to the worker.
Workers covered by ICRP, who have not had a psychiatric impairment assessment, can apply in writing to the Agent for an assessment.
To combine assessments, the Agent must use the combined values chart on pages 322 to 324 of the Guides Fourth Edition.
See: Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment Fourth Edition
Exclusions from primary psychiatric assessment ICRP
Where a worker has applied for psychiatric impairment assessment, this further assessment does not entitle the worker to the:
- reassessment of previously assessed physical injuries
- assessment of additional physical injuries.
Limitation to further assessment
The results of any further assessments made by a Medical Panel can only be used to determine the worker’s degree of permanent psychiatric impairment resulting from the work-related injury.
Combined whole person impairment ICRP
Whole person impairment is calculated using a combination of the:
- final physical whole person impairment value (after the independent impairment assessor has combined multiple physical injuries as required)
- primary psychiatric whole person impairment figure.