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Disputed injuries cannot be referred to an AMS for assessment

The Workers Compensation Commission (WCC) does not have the power to refer an injured worker to an Approved Medical Specialist (AMS) if liability for an injury is disputed.

The WCC must first decide whether an injury is work-related before the injury can be referred to an AMS for assessment. This applies whether the referral to an AMS is for a claim for permanent impairment or a threshold dispute for the purposes of a work injury damages claim.

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