Injury

Volunteer Fire Fighters

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When you have suffered an injury during the course of your service, the process of making a claim can often be stressful and complicated. Our team of Injury Law Accredited Specialists will work with you to ease the burden of making a claim for compensation with the CFA and help you on the road to recovery:

  • We acknowledge that every client’s circumstances are unique and we tailor our approach based on your individual needs.
  • We help you with payment of wages and access to medical services. Our team will work collaboratively with you and your medical team to make things right and get you moving again.
  • We handle all the paperwork and problems and work with you to ensure that all issues are resolved as quickly as possible so that you can focus on recovery.
  • We offer client advocacy and case coordination to help you with access to services and funding within the community.
  • We will facilitate referrals to the most appropriate professionals best suited to your needs and will support you to attend medical appointments and other assessments.
  • We provide a holistic assessment of your needs and provide you with options for the future to ensure that you can move forward with confidence.

We Understand...

Ensuring that you have a lawyer that is experienced yet understanding, compassionate and accessible is important to every client. At Robinson Gill, we understand that seeking legal assistance can be a difficult decision. Our team is dedicated to ensuring that you feel supported at all stages of the legal process and will work with you to obtain the best possible outcome.

  • We have a close working relationship with Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria and are aware of the unique challenges faced by volunteer firefighters.
  • We understand that an injury will impact your life in many ways and that your needs may change as your circumstances do. Our team is committed to providing a flexible and adaptive approach which will ensure that your ongoing needs are met throughout the claims process.
  • We appreciate that many clients find the legal system difficult to understand and navigate. Our lawyers will remove this complexity by providing you with information relevant to your injury that is simple and easy to understand so that you can make informed decisions with confidence.
  • We understand that it is important that you are kept up to date with the progress of your matter. Our lawyers will provide you with regular updates and remain accessible to you throughout your claim as part of our commitment to ensuring a client centred service.
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UNDERSTANDING YOUR ENTITLEMENTS

The CFA is committed to protecting the health and well-being of its volunteers. If you are a Registered Volunteer Member, a Casual Firefighter or a Volunteer Auxiliary Worker for the CFA, you are entitled to compensation for physical or mental injury sustained, or disease suffered, as a result of your service with the CFA. We can help you through this process and ensure you receive you proper entitlements.

If you are injured at work you are entitled to compensation.


SUPPORTING YOU BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER YOUR INJURY

If you are injured whilst volunteering with the CFA you should report the incident to your Regional Office as soon as possible and ask them for a personal injury compensation form. You need to fill out this form to give to your Brigade Captain or Officer in Charge.


UNDERSTANDING YOUR RIGHTS TO COMPENSATION

If you are a Registered Volunteer Member, a Casual Firefighter or a Volunteer Auxiliary Worker for the CFA, you are entitled to compensation for physical or mental injury sustained, or disease suffered, as a result of your service with the Country Fire Authority (CFA). We can help you through this process and ensure you receive you proper entitlements.

The CFA’s compensation scheme is provided for under the Country Fire Authority Act 1958 and is administered by the CFA. It is a separate scheme to WorkCover.

You can also claim compensation for any disease you have suffered as a result of your service with the CFA, provided that your service was a significantly contributing factor to you contracting the disease.

If you have been diagnosed with cancer and believe it is as a result of your CFA service, you can also lodge a claim. The Victorian Government has formed the Firefighter Assessment Panel to manage cancer related claims brought by firefighters. As with other disease claims, you will need to prove that your service with the CFA significantly contributed to you contracting cancer.


ENTITLEMENTS EXPLAINED

You can claim weekly compensation for loss of earnings you incurred while you were off work. CFA can pay your full salary (to a maximum of $2,111.55 per week) for 156 weeks. The amount payable to you may be reduced after this period.

You can also claim compensation for all reasonable medical expenses that you incur has a result of your injury, including hospital costs, medical treatment and rehabilitation.

Depending on the severity of your injury, you may also be entitled to claim a lump sum benefit if you are permanently disabled. You are entitled to receive this benefit regardless of whether the incident that caused your injury was your fault or not.

In cases where you injury was caused by the negligence of the CFA or someone else, you may be able to bring a common law claim (sometimes called “suing”) against the CFA. You have three years from the date of your injury to make this claim.


NO WIN, NO FEE

Our injury law team offers ‘no win, no fee’ in most CFA compensation matters. We offer all our new clients a no cost and obligation free first appointment and would be happy to discuss how we can assist you further during this time.


Our People

Jeremy King

Accredited Specialist - Injury Law

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I AM INJURED WHILE VOLUNTEERING WITH THE CFA?

You should report the incident to your Regional Office as soon as possible and ask them for a personal injury compensation form. You need to fill out this form to give to your Brigade Captain or Officer in Charge.

AM I ENTITLED TO COMPENSATION?

If you are a Registered Volunteer Member, a Casual Firefighter or a Volunteer Auxiliary Worker for the CFA, you are entitled to compensation for physical or mental injury sustained, or disease suffered, as a result of your service with the CFA. We can help you through this process and ensure you receive you proper entitlements.

The CFA’s compensation scheme is provided for under the Country Fire Authority Act 1958 and is administered by the CFA. It is a separate scheme to WorkCover. 

ARE DISEASES COVERED?

Yes, you can claim compensation for any disease you have suffered as a result of your service with the CFA, provided that your service was a significantly contributing factor to you contracting the disease.

If you have been diagnosed with cancer and believe it is as a result of your CFA service, you can also lodge a claim. The Victorian Government has formed the Firefighter Assessment Panel to manage cancer related claims brought by firefighters. As with other disease claims, you will need to prove that your service with the CFA significantly contributed to you contracting cancer.

WHAT AM I ENTITLED TO?

You can claim weekly compensation for loss of earnings you incurred while you were off work. CFA can pay your full salary (to a maximum of $2,111.55 per week) for 156 weeks. The amount payable to you may be reduced after this period.

You can also claim compensation for all reasonable medical expenses that you incur has a result of your injury, including hospital costs, medical treatment and rehabilitation.

Depending on the severity of your injury, you may also be entitled to claim a lump sum benefit if you are permanently disabled. You are entitled to receive this benefit regardless of whether the incident that caused your injury was your fault or not.

In cases where you injury was caused by the negligence of the CFA or someone else, you may be able to bring a common law claim (sometimes called “suing”) against the CFA. You have three years from the date of your injury to make this claim.

We can help

Our team of lawyers provide expert advice, with most holding Law Institute of Victoria Specialist Accreditation in the areas of Family Law, Personal Injury Law and/or Commercial Litigation.

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