How is the loss of physical or mental abilities assessed?

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A medical assessor of the Department will take account of how your current physical and mental condition compares to your pre-accident state of health and how you compare with a healthy person of the same age and sex.

The medical assessor will then rate the loss of faculty, which means your inability to enjoy a normal lifestyle because of the loss or partial loss of your ordinary physical or mental abilities because of your work related injury or disease.

However, this rate may be adjusted to reflect any loss resulting from previous accidents or pre-existing medical conditions.


Examples of assessments
Injury Loss of faculty
Loss of both hands 100%
Loss of one eye 40%
Loss of thumb 30%
Loss of 2 fingers of one hand 20%
Loss of index finger 14%
Last modified:02/06/2009