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.
An impairment benefit payment is separate from any compensation for lost income and medical expenses and you need to meet certain thresholds to be eligible.
Examples of a permanent impairment can include:
- reduced shoulder movement
- a spinal cord injury
- an amputated finger.
Your WorkSafe agent can tell you how to make a claim for an impairment benefit.
You don't need legal representation to make an impairment benefit claim, but you have the right to legal representation if you choose. 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 that are specially trained in assessing injuries according to specific guidelines.
If you've lodged an impairment benefit claim it's likely you'll need to attend an impairment examination with an assessor.