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21.3.1 Medical condition treated as part of an existing claim

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Worsening

A medical condition should be treated as part of an existing claim when it is:

  • an increase in symptomatology of an existing accepted condition (e.g. increased pain from a cervical condition, increased volume and frequency of a tinnitus condition)
  • a natural progression in the course of an existing accepted condition (e.g. further deterioration of a lumbar disc)
  • the result of medical treatment for an existing accepted condition.
New condition

A new medical condition should be treated as part of an existing claim where the event causing the new condition occurred because of an accepted condition.

Example: A soldier with an accepted knee condition suffers a back injury when his crutches slip in the physio suite whilst recovering from knee surgery. The back condition should be treated as an 'extension of liability' from the original knee condition.

Aggravation

An aggravation of an existing accepted condition should be treated as part of an existing claim for incapacity purposes where the event causing the aggravation occurred because of an accepted condition.

Example: An officer cadet with an accepted ankle injury suffers a further severe ankle injury when her ankle gave way during a field exercise. The aggravation is treated as part of the original claim.