Catastrophic Psychological Assessments

According to the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) and the Ontario Statutory Accident Benefit Schedule (SABS), a Catastrophic Assessment determines whether a person who has sustained severe injuries in a Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) reaches the permanent impairment threshold.

Dr. Giorgio Ilacqua (psychologist) conducts Catastrophic Psychological Assessments in our Toronto and Hamilton offices.  He is certified in Impairment and Disability Rating (AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, 4th ed.).

A Catastrophic Psychological Assessment can help make the determination whether the level of impairment significantly impedes useful functioning and whether the person who has sustained severe injuries in a Motor Vehicle Accident meets the criteria for: Class 1 (No Impairment), Class 2 (Mild Impairment), Class 3 (Moderate Impairment), Class 4 (Marked Impairment) or Class 5 (Extreme Impairment).

A psychologist conducting a Catastrophic Psychological Assessment can make the determination of a Marked or Extreme Impairment test for the following areas of functioning: Activities of Daily Living, Social Functioning, Concentration, Persistence, Pace and Adaptation (Chapter 14 of the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, 4th ed. deals with Mental and Behavioural Disorders).  Fairness for victims of Motor Vehicle Accidents is the guiding criteria when making a catastrophic impairment determination.

Often, the Catastrophic Psychological Assessment is part of a multi-disciplinary evaluation, which determines the Whole Person Impairment (WPI); thus combining physical and mental/behavioural conditions.  When the combined psychological and non-psychological impairment reaches the 55%, Whole Person Impairment threshold is attained.

If you have any questions regarding our services, please e-mail us at referrals@imc-centre.ca or call 416-516-7757.