Unable to work due to Injury or Illness?
If you are unable to work due to an injury, illness or medical condition, you may be eligible to claim benefits under your superannuation insurance.
Most superannuation and insurance policies have benefits to protect you in circumstances where you are unable to return to work due to your injury or illness.
What claims can you make through Superannuation?
Superannuation funds may offer the following benefits:
- Total and Permanent Disability (TPD)
- Income Protection
- Death/Terminal Illness Benefit
An obligation free consultation with our superannuation lawyers at Zaparas will help you identify your eligibility to make a variety of insurance compensation claims through your superannuation.
Who can make a Superannuation claim?
If you are unable to work due to injury or illness, you may claim insurance compensation through your superannuation. You can make a claim regardless of how your injury, illness or medical condition came about.
You can make a claim if you are unable to work due to the following reasons:
- A workplace injury
- A motor vehicle accident
- Physical injuries
- A psychological condition
- Cancer, heart attack or stroke
- Occupation disease
- Diseases such as motor neurone disease, MS or autoimmune conditions
A claim can be made through your superannuation if you are receiving other benefits such as Worker’s Compensation, TAC or Centrelink payments.
What entitlements are available under your Super?
If you are unable to return to work due to your injury or illness, you may be eligible to the following benefits:
- Income/monthly payments
- Lump sum payment
- Death benefit/Terminal illness lump sum payment
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Why Zaparas Lawyers?
Many people are not aware of their ability to make a claim through super because it is not common to receive the policy documents.
Every claim is important to us. Our dedicated team of superannuation specialists will approach your claim with skill, knowledge and care.
Your file will be conducted by a lawyer who specialises and has experience in the area of superannuation claims.
Our dedicated superannuation insurance lawyers can guide you through the process and help make a claim for a benefit at a time you need it most.
What if your claim is rejected?
If your superannuation claim is rejected, Zaparas Lawyers can help you challenge the decision.
Time limits apply with rejected claims, so it is important that you see a specialised superannuation and insurance lawyer as soon as possible.
Our dedicated superannuation and insurance claims team at Zaparas specialises in challenging insurer decisions. We will ensure that you are supported and guided throughout the claims process from start to finish.
Contact us today for a free, no obligation appointment.
What we offer
Most superannuation funds offer an insurance benefit for insured individuals who suffer an injury, or for their dependants in the case of death. Sometimes the insured benefit is automatically provided to a Member of the Fund. However, not all funds do that. In some Funds, the Member needs to apply for the insurance benefit they wish to claim.
Total and Permanent Disability (TPD)
You may be eligible for a lump sum payment if you miss work for 6 months or more due to sickness or injury.
Income Protection (IP)
If you are unable to work, Income Protection insurance could give you a monthly benefit for a defined period of time. This could be up to 75% of your gross income.
When a loved one passes away, a lump sum (a ‘Death Benefit’ ) becomes payable to the policy holder’s beneficiaries, such as a spouse or child. You would be surprised to learn how many people neglect to claim the superannuation fund benefits that are owing to them. A quick chat with Zaparas is all you need to prevent becoming one of them.
Specific injuries and defined medical conditions may entitle you to a lump sum payment, even if you continue to work.
Funds differ in their criteria and requirements. Whether the member is entitled to claim or not depends both on the terms of the ‘trust deed’, as well as the terms of the specific Insurance Policy.
For example, the Insurance Policy of a particular fund provides a definition of IP and TPD. These definitions can differ from Fund to Fund and Policy to Policy. Usually IP is payable ‘if a member is unable to do the member’s own job from month to month’ and usually a TPD is payable only ‘if the Insurer determines that the Member has been absent from work due to disability for a period of at least six months and in the opinion of the Trustee of the Fund the Member is unlikely ever again to engage in any profession, trade or occupation for which the Member is reasonably fitted by education, training and experience’.
Firstly, you need to provide us with your Superannuation Fund Financial Statement dated at the time you stopped work and/or at the time your injury occurred (which ever is the most relevant).
This Statement will indicate whether you were insured at the relevant time and the amount of Insurance you held at the relevant time.
You will also need to provide us with any medical evidence in your possession that will indicate that you were and continue to be unable to return to work, as per the definition of the Fund (see above). Subject to you authorising us to act on your behalf, we can request medical reports from your treating Doctors and appropriate Specialists regarding your injuries or illness with a view for making a claim on your behalf for your insured benefit.
In this case, the Superannuation Team are often in an advantageous position to be able to make a better assessment of the likelihood of a successful claim for Superannuation Insurance benefits because we will usually have in our possession vital medical information from your previous TAC, WorkCover or Personal Injury case. Our high success rate in superannuation claims is partly attributed to this as well as to the expertise in this area of the law by our dedicated Superannuation Claims Team.
We cannot give an accurate time frame in the finalisation of your claim as every Superannuation Fund is different in its requirements, and every claim is different in its facts. However, we have a dedicated team and each member of the team specialises in specific Superannuation Funds to ensure that the requirements of each Fund are attended to methodically and consistently to ensure a speedy finalisation of each claim.
If claims are rejected by the Insurer we are also in a position to appeal the decision and/or initiate court proceedings to have the decision reviewed. This is a rare occurrence and most claims are settled out of Court.