Permanent Physical Impairment


Some work injuries result in a permanent loss of function to body parts affected by a workplace injury or disease. 

This loss of function may continue even after complete and appropriate medical treatments. This is called a Permanent Physical Impairment (PPI). This is not the same as a disability. 

Disability is an alteration of someone’s capacity to meet personal, social or occupational demands.

Permanent Physical Impairment FAQs (PDF)

Yes, if your compensable injury worsens you may be eligible to be reassessed. Before a reassessment, WorkSafeNB requires medical documentation from your doctor explaining the changes in your injury since the initial PPI assessment.

If you are eligible for a PPI assessment and have moved to another province, arrangements will be made with the worker’s compensation board of the province where you live.

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