For our Veterans and Military Service people: Why you need to know how the different compensation benefit schemes operate for Veterans and injured service people and whether you are missing out on important benefits that you would be entitled to under another scheme

If you sustain a mood disorder/psychological injury at work or arising from your employment, any significant contribution from reasonable administrative action taken in respect of your employment, (such as performance management, counselling, code of conduct investigations, findings, sanctions or penalties, denial of leave or promotion etc-if undertaken in a reasonable manner, and if found to displace any other significant contributor or cause of mental/emotional injury) will potentially deny your claim, or at the very least, involve you in a legal battle that is protracted, distressing and costly.

However, the golden rule if you face interpersonal conflict, distressing supervision or collegiate mistreatment, or general prolonged workplace overload or stress is to promptly seek medical and legal advice and support. Do not assume it will self- resolve, you can tough it out or things will simply improve with time and not treatment. Above all, do not attend work if you are physically or emotionally exhausted or your mood is volatile, and you are likely to snap. Get professional arms -length advice and help.

Speak frankly and openly to your doctor, your lawyer and your family and don’t seek or act on advice from your HR people. They are conflicted and their imperative is to protect their employer and their own employment

Reasonable Administrative Action (RAA) and Claims for workplace Psychological Injury.

If you sustain a mood disorder/psychological injury at work or arising from your employment, any significant contribution from reasonable administrative action taken in respect of your employment, (such as performance management, counselling, code of conduct investigations, findings, sanctions or penalties, denial of leave or promotion etc-if undertaken in a reasonable manner, and if found to displace any other significant contributor or cause of mental/emotional injury) will potentially deny your claim, or at the very least, involve you in a legal battle that is protracted, distressing and costly.

However, the golden rule if you face interpersonal conflict, distressing supervision or collegiate mistreatment, or general prolonged workplace overload or stress is to promptly seek medical and legal advice and support. Do not assume it will self- resolve, you can tough it out or things will simply improve with time and not treatment. Above all, do not attend work if you are physically or emotionally exhausted or your mood is volatile, and you are likely to snap. Get professional arms -length advice and help.

Speak frankly and openly to your doctor, your lawyer and your family and don’t seek or act on advice from your HR people. They are conflicted and their imperative is to protect their employer and their own employment

I have received an adverse decision from Comcare/EML – now what?

The most important thing if you receive an adverse decision from Comcare is that you do not panic, and you act promptly if you intend to challenge the decision(s).

We recommend that you obtain competent legal advice from a lawyer who practices in the area because the Safety Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 is an extremely complex area of law.

Hints and Tips for a General Personal Injury Claim in the ACT

If you are injured as a result of the fault or negligence of another person or entity, you need medical advice and evidence of injury and prompt early legal advice. A claim or remedy can arise as a result of a common law work injury, a public or occupier liability circumstance, medical or related professional negligence, product liability, criminal conduct or an motor vehicle accident.

Strange Bequests

What can be bequeathed in a Will? Most of us are familiar with such bequests as property, jewellery, and money, but over the centuries, many unusual gifts and bequests have been left for heirs…