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9.1.13 Leg and foot impairments


The Leg and Foot impairments compensated under this element of the Table of Injuries in the 1930 Act are:

Nature of Injury


Loss of foot and hand


Loss of both feet


Loss of leg at or above knee


Loss of leg below knee


Loss of foot


Note that loss of a toe is included under the description 'Toe Impairments', see below.

Note also that the loss of the left leg is a separate injury from loss of the right leg and both losses are compensated by a lump sum. [As a matter of policy, the limit in S13(1) to the amount of compensation payable in respect of any one accident is not applied by DVA.]

Loss includes permanent loss of use

Loss of a leg or a foot includes the permanent loss of the efficient use of the limb (LOEU) because of the effect of S12(6) of the 1930 Act. A more detailed discussion of LOEU can be found later in this chapter.

Historical Rate Increases – 1930 Act

A table that sets out the dates of rate increases and the applicable maximum amount of compensation can be found earlier in this section.