Police with mental illness and their right to compensation

Date: Nov 16, 2016


A lot of stigma surrounds the issue of police experiencing mental health problems. In New South Wales, a Police Commissioner has launched an effort to change that. This has only highlighted the problem of police officers not receiving enough attention for their mental health problems and not getting adequate compensation for their psychological injuries.

Memorialisation of NSW police

ABC News reports that the New South Wales Police Commissioner recently proposed that state and territory commissioners make a change in how police officers are memorialised.

It’s a resolute move; he wants to include the names of police officers who have committed suicide on the National Police Memorial in Canberra. As it is, police officers who took their own lives have been excluded from the official memorials.

Even if other states in Australia do not make the change, the Commissioner says that he plans to go ahead with it. But the Police Commissioner expects that he will be widely supported in his wish to honour the lives of the men and women who served.

The memorialisation of officers lost to suicide also highlights a rampant problem of officers being psychologically injured. Safe Work Australia lists police officers as one of the top three occupations that are most at risk of developing mental health disorders.

Getting compensation for psychological injury

Superannuation funds insurers can take longer than two years sometimes to assess hurt on duty claims. This is very inconvenient and can cause further trauma to officers already under a considerable amount of stress and even increase their risk of suicide.

The amount of surveillance required to determine eligibility is also harmful. What’s more, the insurer may not consider the full definition of disability, which includes mental disability like post-traumatic stress disorder.

If you feel like your hurt on duty claim is not being given adequate attention from an insurer, contact Gerard Malouf and Partners to get legal advice. Or, if you haven’t yet filed a claim but would like to avoid any potential difficulties and unnecessary stress, we can also help you by ensuring that the insurer considers the medical evidence and the complete definition of disability.

We understand the considerable amount of stress that police officers are under everyday as well as the tactics that insurance companies use to minimise claims. We will give you expert legal advice and work on your behalf so that you do not have to suffer in silence.

Call us now on 1800 004 878 to book a free appointment with one of my compensation experts, or email your enquiry.