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20.1.9 Investigation- Delegate's responsibilities


The Delegate's first task in such a case is therefore to establish whether or not the condition being treated was itself compensable.

Where that original injury was compensable, liability for injury inflicted by medical treatment of that original injury, is itself compensable merely if it was 'reasonable for the client to have obtained that medical treatment'.

Where the client has obtained medical treatment at the direction of, or in accordance with the advice of a qualified medical practitioner, the medical treatment is to be regarded as reasonable for the purposes of S4(3).

The issue of medical qualifications and what constitutes reasonable treatment is discussed further at section 10.3 in the Medical Treatment Guidelines Handbook.