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4.3.4 Multiple impairments


Where there are multiple impairments relating to the same injury, a final assessment should not be done until all of the impairments are stable. Since the Canute decision, discrete injuries are assessed separately, even if they arise from the same incident. It is therefore allowable to make final assessments for each injury once all its associated impairments have stabilised. It is permissible to do an interim assessment in relation to one or several of the impairments provided the criteria for making an interim assessment are met (see above).

  • Canute v Comcare (2006) HCA 47: injuries to be assessed separately