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Research short: What is the best way to evaluate permanent impairment?

Dr Mary Wyatt

A study has raised doubts about whether the new edition of the American Medical Association guides for the evaluation of impairment are an improvement on existing practice.

In most jurisdictions, when a person experiences a work injury that leads to a long term medical condition, they are paid a lump sum. Eligibility for the sum is determined by assessing whether a worker has suffered a permanent impairment that is likely to impact on their future employment prospects as a result of the injury. Over the last decade, many Australian jurisdictions have moved across to the American Medical Association's...

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