If you have been injured because of your work or acquired a psychological injury at work, you could claim a lump sum payment. First, you apply for a WPI benefit when your QLD workers’ compensation claim is finalised. After assessing your impairment degree, you could be offered a lump sum payout. Moreover, you can be paid a WPI benefit with a common law claim option, depending on your circumstances.
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Permanent impairment references permanent harm, loss of use or permanent loss of a part of your body. It also includes losing any part of your bodily system or function. The definition consists of both physical and psychological conditions. This includes damage such as:
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You will receive a lump sum payout if you qualify for a permanent impairment claim and have a successful case. Your payout is compensation for how much your injury has affected your daily living. The degree of impact is measured using a scale. This scale is a set of guidelines for how permanent impairment is assessed. The lump sum you receive is an additional payment to any other workers’ compensation funds you might already receive.
To qualify for a WPI claim, you must have a permanent impairment assessment. There is a set of legal guidelines for how this medical examination assesses your level of impairment. Your evaluation would utilise a scale to measure your degree of permanent physical or psychological damage. A medico-legal doctor (WorkCover approved) would perform a clinical assessment to analyse your injuries and calculate your level of impairment.
This evaluation follows the Guidelines for Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, as permitted by the Workers’ Compensation Regulator using section 183 of the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 (the WCR Act). The guide for WPI in Queensland is like the one used in the American Medical Association’s Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, Fifth Edition (AMA5).
Your percentage of impairment evaluation would determine:
The medical specialist performing your evaluation might also review your medical history, previous medical treatment, and other available medical information. Call now to know if you can claim – 1800 700 125.
If you have both physical harm and workplace mental illness because of the same injury, section 1.17 of the QLD Guidelines for Evaluation of Permanent Impairment states that these should be assessed together to determine one degree of WPI. Typically, your assessment will treat one of the above as your primary condition for calculating compensation.
This regulation does not apply if you have both a psychiatric and a psychological condition. Section 1.22 of the guide says that these would be assessed independently of your physical injury, and you would have two WPI outcomes. You cannot combine the outcome of these two evaluations.
When your WPI is assessed for a psychiatric disorder, the psychiatrist will review the following:
Section 11.11 Queensland Guidelines for Evaluation of Permanent Impairment shows the six scales that assess your mental illness.
Each of these six scales has 5 class descriptors which you can view in Tables 11.1 to 11.6 of the PIRS. These five descriptors describe the degree of your mental incapacity.
To reach the WPI level for a psychological disorder, your illness must impact your capacity to work, concentration, and ability to look after yourself. If you have PTSD, you are likely to qualify under these circumstances.
People seeking WPI compensation often ask: what are the QLD permanent impairment payout amounts?
As outlined in the Workers’ Compensation & Rehabilitation Act 2003 (QLD) – injured Queensland workers with an evaluation of up to 20% degree of permanent impairment have the choice of a lump sum permanent impairment payout or the right to begin a common law claim for damages. Those with a DPI above 20% can have a common law claim and lump sum payout. If you work as a first responder, such as police, ambulance, or firefighter, your threshold will be lower.
Your compensation payout is calculated by multiplying your degree of WPI by the maximum statutory compensation figure of $ 361,273 (as outlined in the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 (Qld) 1 July 2022.
Lump Sum Compensation
Your permanent impairment benefit is a lump sum amount which is your compensation for the impact of your injury on your life. Your payout would be in addition to any sums you receive as weekly payments, medical reimbursement, etc.
Your other payments will continue after you receive a whole person impairment payout. The duration of time the insurer needs to fund your medical costs depends on your level of WPI. If your impairment has not been evaluated, set periods apply for these payments to continue.
Common Law Damages Claim
Lump Sum Compensation
At fault claim
Damages are calculated based on the impact on your life, including quality of life and future and past economic loss.
Payout is calculated by multiplying the degree of impairment by the statutory maximum.
A damages claim is dependent on your unique circumstances.
Compensation is not dependent on your age or how long you have worked.
Damages arising from a common law claim are typically more substantial than those from a lump sum WPI rating. In a common law case, damages are determined using several “heads of damages” to compensate you for your loss. Your lump sum offer is based on a calculation against a statutory maximum which has nothing to do with your age, your current level of income, or what you may lose in the future. Limits for common law compensation do occur under case law and personal injury legislation as to what is considered reasonable. However, there is no set statutory number.
The above information is a general guide to the Queensland process for whole-person impairment claims. Knowing your legal entitlements, how these apply to your unique circumstances and what you can claim is complex. Our work compensation solicitors will take the time to understand your situation and how your life has changed following your incident. They will guide you through the legal process and ensure you receive the legal support you need. Call Now 1800 700 125.
First, hire a lawyer skilled in claiming compensation for whole person impairment. Your solicitor will organise your medical assessment using the legal guidelines. Your specialist doctor can evaluate your condition but not determine your level of impairment.
To get a successful payout, you must show that your injuries have stabilised, usually 12 months after the initial harm. When your damage is stable, you have reached maximum medical improvement (MMI).
The extent of your injuries determines your level of WPI and these impact: