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50.5 Initial incapacity claim

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A medical certificate or report from the treating General Practitioner (GP) is acceptable. Exceptions to this rule are complex cases such as, but not limited to; psychiatric conditions, multiple injuries, sequelae conditions, contribution by non-compensable injuries, long gap since date of injury or date of discharge or the last incapacity.  In these circumstances, payment may be commenced based on a medical certificate or report from the treating GP however a report by the treating specialist should be sought for confirmation. If there is no treating specialist then a report from an independent specialist should be sought.