When an injury or illness leaves the afflicted with a general permanent handicap (disability), they will be paid compensation in the form of a handicap allowance. The assessment of a permanent handicap takes the restrictions in everyday life caused by the injury or illness into consideration. Individual circumstances such as profession or living conditions do not affect the assessment, nor does the person’s income affect the amount of compensation. Permanent disability is defined as an injury or illness that no longer improves. However, this definition can be reached no earlier than one year after the accident.