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Standard 5 - recurrence or aggravation of a previous workplace injury

Clarity and certainty regarding the distinction between the recurrence of an injury and a new injury is important for workers and employers because of the potential impact on a worker’s benefits and an employer’s premium.

Recurrence or aggravation of a previous workplace injury

Principle: All available evidence will be considered to determine whether an injury is the recurrence of a previous injury or a new injury, and all reasonable support will be provided to the worker in either case.

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S5.1If the insurer determines that an injury is a recurrence of a previous injury or a new injury to a previously injured body part, the insurer must contact the worker and employer to advise of the reasons for that decision and its implications.Advice provided to the worker and employer within two working days after decision.