Income Protection Claims

Income Protection Claims

Income protection payments are usually monthly benefits paid to you if you can’t do your normal job because of injury or illness.

Sometimes called ‘salary continuance’ or ‘temporary disability’ benefits, they are designed to give you income support until you get better and are able to return to work.

What benefits are paid if you’re on income protection?

Income protection benefits can be a fixed amount of up to 75% of your salary, perhaps also with a superannuation contribution, paid to your super fund.

To qualify for total disability benefits you have to be off work for the waiting period (30, 60 or 90 days) and unfit to do at least one of the duties of your normal job or maybe all of the duties; it depends on the wording of your specific policy.

If you go back to work part-time, you may be eligible for partial disability payments.

Benefits can be paid for two years, five years or maybe even up to age 65 or 70.


The payments are usually offset against any workers compensation, motor vehicle injury or Centrelink weekly payments you receive. Lump sum payments of compensation may also suspend income protection payments for a period of time.

How do I make a claim for income protection?

There will be claim forms for you, your doctor, and your employer (if any) to fill in plus authorities to complete.

The insurer might request medical reports, financial documents or arrange a medico-legal examination.

Once you’ve lodged your claim, the decision will usually take 3 to 4 months, although this can vary.

Can I appeal a rejection of my claim?

If your claim is rejected or if you are mucked around, you can lodge a complaint.

Help with your income protection claim?

It’s important to get help with a claim or complaint.

Berrill and Watson specialise in what we do. Unlike other plaintiff law firms who work across many areas, we only do superannuation, insurance and financial advice claims and disputes.

Contact us today for free advice about your income protection claim.

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