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What is permanent impairment?

What is permanent impairment in an injury compensation claim?

When a person suffers injury, the injury can result in long term problems, this is termed “permanent impairment”.

Permanent Impairment is used in personal injury claims to describe the permanent impact an injury has on a person’s functioning. Courts and insurers assess the compensation to be received by this method.

Lets start with saying that you take take a person’s body as being 100% functioning.

A medical specialist appropriate to the area of injury (e.g. Orthopaedic surgeon who assesses muscular and bone injuries), will assess what loss of function to the person’s body has been sustained as a result of the injury.

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If my injury is serious, can it impact my earnings?

Permanent impairment obviously increases the more serious the injury, and the more the injury impacts on a person’s capacity to undertake their activities of daily living.

In fact, in most injury cases, assessment of impairment will include an impairment rating for the actual injury, plus a possible uplift for interference with activities of daily living of up to 3%.

Is pain also an uplifting factor when impairment is being assessed?

Yes. An assessor can also uplift the impairment assessment for the injury because of chronic pain and its interference with functioning.

Assessments for permanent impairment of an injury are usually undertaken pursuant to the American Medical Assessment Guides 5th Edition (AMA Guides).

Although in work injury cases, the Guide to Evaluation of Permanent Impairment (GEPI) is used.

The GEPI is actually based on the American Medical Association (AMA) Guides, with some minor deviations. 

How much compensation will I get for my injury?

Our compensation calculator gives a basic indication how much compensation you may be able to claim. 

Compensation claims have time limits

There is often only a small window in which you can make a compensation claim. Even if you contributed to your injury, you may still have a claim well-worth pursuing.

There are no costs or obligations for you in us helping you assess your compensation claim.

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