UNCERTAINTY ABOUT LUMP SUM COMPENSATION FOR INJURED WORKERS

A person who is injured at work and as a result suffers a permanent disability is entitled to a lump sum payment of compensation based on the percentage of impairment involved under section 43 of the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act. A recent judgment of the Full Bench of the Workers Compensation Tribunal has noted the continuing confusion that exists with regard to an injured worker’s lump sum entitlements under the current law. In that case the worker suffered a severe injury at work in 2007 when a forklift drove over his foot...

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