Disabling Injury

Definition - What does Disabling Injury mean?

A disabling injury is a trauma or illness resulting from a hazardous occurrence during the performance of work-related duties that impedes an employee's ability to perform their regular work activities. Brain damage, hearing loss, blindness and amputations are examples of a disabling injury. The injury can be temporary or permanent in nature.

WorkplaceTesting explains Disabling Injury

Where a disabling injury occurs, an employer is required to report the incident in accordance with regulations for their industry and location. For an injury to be deemed a disabling injury, there are certain conditions that must be met. These conditions, in general, are that the injury or illness renders the employee unable to report for work or to perform their work-related duties for any period of time after the incident - whether or not they are scheduled during that time. In addition, if an employee loses a part of, or the movement of, their anatomy, or they become permanently physically impaired to any extent, this can also deemed to meet the conditions of a disabling injury.

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