Yukon Workers' Compensation Health and Safety Board

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Policies

Policy CL-41 - Permanent Impairment

Effective Dates

November 10, 1993 to March 8, 1994

Series

Claims

General Information

The Yukon workers' compensation system is a "dual award" system. If a worker suffers an injury or illness that arose out of and in the course of their employment, they are entitled to compensation. This includes wage loss benefits if the injury/illness has caused them to miss work, and a lump sum payment if they have experienced a permanent impairment as a result of the injury/illness.

Permanent impairment is a medical concept, and should be understood as a deterioration in the physical and/or mental health status of an individual resulting from anatomical, physiological, chemical or psychiatric abnormalities.

Under the Act, an individual who has suffered a work-related permanent impairment is entitled to a lump sum payment, based on the degree of impairment and the age of the worker.