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21.2.6 Date of impairment
The definition of Impairment at S4 of the SRCA reads:
'Impairment' means the loss, the loss of the use, or the damage or malfunction of any part of the body or of any bodily system or function or part of such system or function.
This means that the date of the disease's onset can be related to the date that the impairment (symptoms, bodily effects) first became evident in respect of that disease, providing that expert medical opinion can – on the balance of probabilities – retrospectively relate that past impairment to the later diagnosis.