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Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act, 1993 (Act No. 130 of 1993)

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Circular Instruction No. 172 - Compensation for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

4. Benefits


The benefits payable according to the Act:


4.1 Temporary Disablement


Payment for temporary total or partial disablement shall be made for as long as such disablement continues, but not for a period exceeding 24 months from the date of the accident. Monthly progress reports must be submitted to the office of the Compensation Commissioner.


4.2 Permanent Disablement


Payment of permanent disablement shall be made, where applicable, when a Final Medical Report and/or the report from the panel is received. Permanent disablement shall only be determined after 24 months of optimal treatment. The Compensation Commissioner shall calculate the permanent disablement and 100% impairment due to PTSD shall be equivalent to 65% permanent disablement whereas impairment less than 20% will not be awarded permanent disablement.


4.3 Medical Aid


Medical aid shall be provided for a period of not more than 24 months from the date of accident, or longer, if in the opinion of the Director-General, further medical aid will reduce the extent of the disablement. Medical aid covers costs of diagnosis of PTSD by a psychiatrist, any necessary treatment provided by any health care provider and hospitalisation when motivated for by the psychiatrist. The Compensation Commissioner shall decide on the need for, the nature and sufficiency of medical aid supplied.