Mental Health Liability and Compensation Claims
We are dedicated to providing services to those in the veteran community who have suffered due to mental health issues. As such, we specialise in Mental Health Liability and Compensation claims. We have extensive experience navigating the complexities of these types of claims, helping veterans get the compensation they deserve while simultaneously giving them peace of mind through a successful resolution. Veterans reaching out for help with mental health claims should be aware that we do not simply offer a one-size-fits-all approach, but rather encompass an entire range of tailored resources available to each individual veteran.
What we can assist you with:
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
PTSD is an anxiety disorder that potentially develops after one is exposed to a traumatising experience. PTSD can significantly impact day-to-day functioning for those struggling with the disorder, often causing people to avoid situations and activities that remind them of the traumatic experience.
Feelings of intense panic or panic attacks
Flashbacks to traumatic events
Avoiding places that may serve as a reminder of the traumatic experience
A sense of emotional numbness
Feeling "on edge"
Having outbursts of anger
Depression is a severe and common mental health condition that can considerably impact an individual's life. It typically includes a persistent state of low mood and a loss of interest or pleasure in activities once found enjoyable. In extreme cases, individuals might discover life itself to be unbearable, such that living doesn't seem like an option.
Anxiety is a complex disorder that is characterised by an overwhelming sense of worry, fear, and dread. It can manifest itself in various physical and mental symptoms, but is best known for causing a sense of impending doom. Many individuals who struggle with anxiety also experience accompanying issues such as depression or sleep disturbances, which can add to the complexity of this disorder.
The human brain is incredibly complex, and the journey from initial experimentation with alcohol or other substances to full-blown addiction is more common than many may think. Unfortunately, there are people of all ages who have experienced negative consequences resulting from alcohol and substance use disorders. These consequences can range in severity, such as strained relationships, loss of work opportunities and even legal troubles. It is essential to recognise the early signs that alcohol or drug use has become an addictive behaviour. Professionals who specialise in addictions can also provide resources, guidance, and support to those struggling and help them get on a path towards recovery.
Gambling Disorder is a serious psychiatric illness. While the disorder may appear harmless on the surface, it can have long-term, far-reaching effects on quality of life and financial stability. Veterans of all ages and backgrounds are susceptible to developing gambling disorders as a result of their service; multiple factors, such as exposure to risk, depression, anxiety, and PTSD, can contribute to the formation of this addiction.
Comorbidities, also known as comorbid disorders, refer to the presence of two or more chronic medical conditions in a single patient. These conditions often produce poorer outcomes as they can worsen each other's symptoms and intensify the treatments needed to manage them. Compared to individuals with a single chronic disorder, those with multiple medical issues experience increased health risks and reduced physical and mental functioning.
Comorbidities Associated with Mental Health Issues:
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Urinary Incontinence and Overactive Bladder
Dental Conditions (Bruxism, TMJ, and Tooth Wear)
Common Causative Factors
Serving in the ADF often comes at a cost for many veterans, as physical and emotional injuries are all too common. Physical injuries can range from minor scrapes to major trauma, while psychological injuries ranging from Major Depression to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder are also prevalent. Those suffering from chronic pain may experience a variety of symptoms, including reduced range of motion, joint instability, and tension-type headaches. In addition, veterans may experience emotional distress, depression, and anxiety, all of which can take a toll on the individual and their families. With proper medical care and emotional support, veterans can learn to cope with these issues and lead happy and successful lives.
Don't suffer alone - help is out there. If you or someone close to you has a mental health condition, check out these resources for support and advice.
Open Arms (formerly VVCS) provides helpful resources and counselling programs to Australian veterans and their families free of charge.
Call: 1800 011 046
At Ease is an invaluable resource designed to help individuals recognise signs of mental health issues and proactively promote healthy living. By equipping users with the necessary knowledge, At Ease can empower them to create a positive outlook on their well-being.
The Right Mix:
Struggling to maintain control of your drinking habits? The Right Mix provides an invaluable resource, helping you find the balance between mindful indulgence and sustaining healthy limits.