About compensation for permanent impairment
A worker who suffers permanent impairment as a result of a work-related injury is entitled to be paid lump sum compensation.
This may only be awarded where the degree of whole person impairment is at least:
- 5% in the case of physical injury (other than an injury involving the loss of a finger or toe)
- 10% in the case of psychiatric impairment.
In the case of industrial deafness, lump sum compensation may only be awarded where the level of binaural hearing impairment exceeds 5%.
A worker cannot seek damages at common law where the degree of permanent impairment is less than 20%.
Impairment assessment specialists
If you are a doctor who wishes to assess permanent impairment, you must be accredited by the WorkCover Tasmania Board.
Accreditation is perpetual (there is no need to renew). You'll be contacted by WorkCover every three years to confirm you wish to continue your accreditation and give you the opportunity to update your details.
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