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John is 38 years old. He has a young family, a large mortgage and is the sole breadwinner. He works in a labour intensive industry where he is on his feet all day and is very hands on.
Unfortunately John was involved in a motor vehicle accident which injured his back. Sometime after the accident he returned to his work part time, but he was in too much pain to be able to perform his job effectively.
When John contacted Slater and Gordon, he had been off work for 6 months and was still waiting for surgery in the public health system. He was frustrated, stressed and very concerned about his finances and the future.
After the initial meeting, our dedicated superannuation lawyer contacted John’s super fund regarding his insurance entitlements free of charge. In this case, we determined that John had both Income Protection and TPD insurance at the time of the accident and that we needed to make recommendations to him to maximise the insurance benefits he could receive.
Following this, our superannuation lawyer was then able to talk John through the Slater and Gordon Fixed Fee cost structure. During such a stressful and financially difficult time for John, price certainty was a huge relief.
Our lawyer was able to guide John through his claim process as he was entitled to 2 claims. The first claim was for an Income Protection payment to help John and his family while he waited for surgery. The income protection gave him 75% of his pre-disability income and quick peace of mind.
The second was a TPD claim with his super fund and was made after John’s unsuccessful back surgery, when he was not able to return to work. Slater and Gordon secured John a lump sum payment which made life much easier for him and his family.