What is lump sum compensation for permanent impairment?

An injured worker may obtain a lump sum amount of compensation if they have sustained a permanent impairment as a result of the injury which occurred in the course of employment.

A permanent impairment is an injury which has stabilised and has resulted in impairment which is unlikely to change within the next 12 months.

To determine if you are entitled to a lump sum amount of compensation for permanent impairment you are assessed by an independent medical examiner known as an AMS. The AMS makes an assessment of the whole person impairment using guidelines established by the WorkCover Authority of NSW.

You must obtain an assessment of greater than 10% whole person impairment to be eligible to obtain lump sum compensation for permanent impairment.

If you are eligible for lump sum compensation for permanent impairment this is payable in addition to any benefits you are entitled to receive for weekly payments and medical expenses.