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Military Compensation Claims
How to make a military compensation/DVA claim?
Military compensation in Australia is a complex system incorporating three separate pieces of legislation with intersecting provisions.
Initially all we require from you is an initial conference in order to understand your potential claim. We would then obtain your signed authorities so that we can contact the Australian Defence Force (“ADF”), Department of Veterans’ Affairs (“DVA”) and your medical practitioners on your behalf.
We can also assist you in liaising with your treating doctor to ensure that your service-related conditions are medically accepted, including helping you obtain, and providing your doctor with, supportive medical material.
Once we have prepared your claim for submission to the DVA we will notify you and have you sign the relevant claim forms for lodgment.
In most circumstances claims are accepted. If for whatever reason your claim or part of your claim is denied, then we can also advise on the prospects of appealing the DVA’s decision.
How long does a military compensation/DVA claim take?
A DVA claim can typically take anywhere between 6 to 12 months. This is largely dependent on the injuries you are claiming for, the availability of supportive medical material and the ability of the DVA to process claims in a timely manner.
What compensation can I claim?
It is important to seek legal advice when making a claim for benefits with the DVA, as obtaining certain benefits may mean that you are precluded from applying for certain benefits which may be more advantageous to you in the long term.
Medical condition arising before 1 July 2004
If you served in the ADF and suffered an injury prior to 1 July 2004 you will be covered under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 (VEA) or the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence-related Claims) Act 1988 (DRCA).
Your eligibility under the VEA and DRCA will depend on when you were injured and the type of service you performed . You may be entitled to make a claim under either act.
Under the VEA compensation is paid in the form of a fortnightly pension, which can be paid for life. This form of disability pension is tax free and varies in amount depending on your level of incapacity. In addition to this pension, you may also be entitled to a number of additional supports such as a White or Gold Card (which covers the cost of medical treatment and grants you access to a range of services and supports), amongst other supports which may also be available.
Under the DRCA you will be entitled to claim a lump sum permanent incapacity payment which varies depending on your level of incapacity as assessed under the ‘Guide to the Assessment of the Degree of Permanent Impairment’ (GARP). This permanent incapacity payment is generally tax exempt and you may also be awarded additional amounts for non-economic loss, commonly referred to as pain and suffering.
Medical condition arising after 1 July 2004
If you served in the ADF and suffered an injury after 1 July 2004 you will be covered under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 (MRCA).
Under the MRCA the most common form of compensation is a tax exempt permanent impairment payment, which you can elect to take as a lump sum, or in periodic payments. In addition to this, you may also be entitled to claim costs for medical treatment, rehabilitation programs and income replacement (for periods you were unable to work).
What type of medical conditions can I claim for?
You will be entitled to claim for a wide variety of physical and mental health conditions which were caused or materially contributed to by your military service. This includes conditions which you suffered during warlike service, non-warlike service and also peacetime service.
You will need to have supportive medical material to claim for each claimed condition.
Can I claim benefits for my partner and children?
Each of the VEA, DRCA and MRCA contains provisions that provide for certain supports and/or payments for eligible dependents and partners which vary depending on your level of incapacity.
What are the legal costs involved?
At Mazzeo Lawyers we will usually take your case on a No-Win No-Fee agreement, whereby we will only charge you for our legal professional fees if we are able to obtain a successful outcome for you.