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WORKERS COMPENSATION ACT 1987 - SECT 66

Entitlement to compensation for permanent impairment

66 Entitlement to compensation for permanent impairment

(1) A worker who receives an injury that results in a degree of permanent impairment greater than 10% is entitled to receive from the worker’s employer compensation for that permanent impairment as provided by this section. Permanent impairment compensation is in addition to any other compensation under this Act.
Note : No permanent impairment compensation is payable for a degree of permanent impairment of 10% or less.
(1A) Only one claim can be made under this Act for permanent impairment compensation in respect of the permanent impairment that results from an injury.
(2) The amount of permanent impairment compensation is to be calculated as follows:
(a) if the degree of permanent impairment is greater than 10% but not greater than 30%, the amount of permanent impairment compensation is to be calculated as follows:
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(b) if the degree of permanent impairment is greater than 30% but not greater than 50%, the amount of permanent impairment compensation is to be calculated as follows:
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(c) if the degree of permanent impairment is greater than 50% but not greater than 55%, the amount of permanent impairment compensation is $242,010,
(d) if the degree of permanent impairment is greater than 55% but not greater than 60%, the amount of permanent impairment compensation is $309,020,
(e) if the degree of permanent impairment is greater than 60% but not greater than 65%, the amount of permanent impairment compensation is $376,030,
(f) if the degree of permanent impairment is greater than 65% but not greater than 70%, the amount of permanent impairment compensation is $443,030,
(g) if the degree of permanent impairment is greater than 70% but not greater than 74%, the amount of permanent impairment compensation is $510,040,
(h) if the degree of permanent impairment is greater than 74%, the amount of permanent impairment compensation is $577,050,
where
"D" is the number derived by expressing the degree of permanent impairment as D%.
(2A) To the extent to which the injury results in permanent impairment of the back, the amount of permanent impairment compensation calculated in accordance with subsection (2) is to be increased by 5%.
Example 1 : A person suffers 12% permanent impairment. Under subsection (2), the amount of permanent impairment compensation to which he or she is entitled is $25,420. If the whole of the impairment is to the back, the compensation payable in relation to the back will be the whole $25,420. Under this subsection, that $25,420 will be increased by 5%, yielding $26,691.
Example 2 : A person suffers 50% permanent impairment. Under subsection (2), the amount of permanent impairment compensation to which he or she is entitled is $175,000. If two-thirds of the impairment is to the back, the compensation payable in relation to the back will be two-thirds of $175,000, or $116,666.67. Under this subsection, that $116,666.67 will be increased by 5%, yielding $122,500. The total compensation payable for the impairment will therefore be $180,833.33.
(3) The amount of permanent impairment compensation is to be calculated under this section as it was in force at the date the injury was received.



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