We would require more facts to be able to give you an informed answer.
Generally, if the total Degree of Permanent Impairment (â€œDPIâ€) is equal to or more than 20%, then it may be possible to take the statutory lump sum offer and also bring a common law claim for damages.
On the other hand, if the total DPI is less than 20%, then the party has to make a decision between taking the lump sum offer or bringing a common law claim for damages due to work related injuries.
Having said the above, the personal injury laws differ from state to state and it is vital that the party does not accept the lump sum offer without first seeking legal advice because accepting the offer could mean that the party may no longer be entitled to make a claim for damages at common law.
Should you wish to discuss this matter further or should you require advice specific to your circumstances, please feel free to contact us via email on firstname.lastname@example.org, via phone on (03) 8564 8474 to discuss your matter or visit our website at www.amklaw.com.au