Permanent Impairment Entitlements
If you have a work-related injury or illness that has resulted in a permanent impairment you may be entitled to a lump sum payment, called an impairment benefit.
Full details on permanent impairment entitlements can be found in:
Examples of a permanent impairment can include:
- Reduced shoulder movement
- A spinal cord injury
- An amputated finger
Your WorkSafe Agent can provide more information on how to make a claim for an impairment benefit.
Legal representation is not necessary to make an Impairment Benefit claim. You do have the right to legal representation if you choose, and your WorkSafe Agent will liaise with your lawyer about your impairment benefit claim. Any legal costs you may incur are not covered by WorkSafe.
To be eligible for an impairment benefit, you must have your injury or illness properly assessed, once your condition is stable. Assessments are conducted by doctors called Independent Impairment Assessors.
Independent Impairment Assessors are specially trained in assessing injuries according to specific guidelines.
If you have lodged an impairment benefit claim, it is likely you will need to attend an impairment examination with an assessor.
Further information for legal representatives
- Impairment (Sections 98C and E) Protocol
- Impairment (Section 98C and E) Protocols Explanatory Memorandum
- Impairment (Sections 98C and E) Protocol indexed fee schedule
- Solicitor inquiry form
Further information for impairment assessors