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Avoid common pitfalls to get the most from your compensation claim.

As many frustrated veterans know, dealing with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) can be overwhelming and challenging. The claims process can involve a mountain of paperwork, endless red tape, and be costly for veterans who are simply trying to get fair compensation for injuries suffered in the line of duty.

The good news is, with the right tips and support, you can avoid facing these challenges, get the most out of your military compensation claim, and get back to what’s most important – your health, well-being and family.

Understanding how the DVA system works and if you’re eligible for compensation

If you’re a current or former member of the Australian Defence Force (ADF), cadet, cadet officer, cadet instructor, or member of the Australian Federal Police with approved overseas service, you may be eligible for compensation from the Australian Government’s DVA.

There are a number of military compensation schemes designed to help people injured while serving - but knowing what you’re eligible for and applying for these can be very complex.

The Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission (MRCC) is the associated body that assesses your claims, pays compensation and provides treatment and rehabilitation. So, once you’ve made a claim, the MRCC assigns a delegate to assess your claim, to potentially get you medically assessed, and get you to make decisions on liability and what you’re entitled to. You can read more about the process here.

Many veterans have missed out at the hands of a complex, out-of-touch and bureaucratic system

Sadly, thanks to a confusing system with non-independent advice, too often we see veterans missing out on getting the right compensation they’re entitled to. The challenges include:

What you can do to avoid these risks

In addition to checking out the list of the 10 biggest mistakes you can make when dealing with the MRCC, I’ve shared some of the most important things you need to know to give your claim the best chance of success.

When and how to get help

We’re here to help. If you have a question, want some more information or would just like to speak to someone, make an enquiry now and our Military Compensation team will be in touch with you as soon as possible. You can make an enquiry online or phone us on 1800 555 777.

Slater and Gordon is proud to provide our clients with access to leading, affordable legal services, including our ‘no win, no fee*’ offer, as well as a free social work service upon referral from a lawyer if required.

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We're here to help. Make an enquiry now.

If you have a question, want some more information or would just like to speak to someone, make an enquiry now and our Military Compensation team will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

Call us on 1800 444 141