TAC interim payment
In certain cases, you may be entitled to an interim payment from the TAC.
This page will explore this further.
Income interim payments
While your income payments are being determined, you may be entitled payment of an interim payment from the TAC.
So say for example that you have lodged a TAC claim and the TAC have not finalised their determination regarding the appropriate amount to pay you.
This is particularly relevant for those that may be self-employed and therefore not subject in many cases to a regular income such as you would earn if you were an employed person on a wage.
Another instance might be if you are a wage earner but not earning a regular rate such as what many casual workers may experience.
In this instance, the TAC may consider you may consider paying you an interim payment before they have finalised their determination.
How do I obtain an interim payment?
You should contact the TAC as soon as possible and request an interim payment be made. You can do this over the phone or via the TAC email address.
If the TAC pays you an interim payment while they are determining your income payment figure, then if further money is owed to you over and above the amount that you received by way of interim payments, then you’ll be entitled to be paid the difference.
However, also keep in mind that if you are later assessed at less than what the TAC paid by way of interim payment, the TAC may seek to recover the difference from any future payments that are to be made to you.
And if, on the off chance the TAC determine that you’re not entitled to loss of earnings benefits after you have been paid an interim payment, the TAC may seek to recover the total amount paid to you.
Impairment claim interim payments
The second way that you may obtain an interim payment from the TAC is in relation to your impairment claim.
You can read about impairment claims here.
In a nutshell, the process for an impairment claim is for all of the injuries and conditions that you suffered in the accident to be assessed by appropriate doctors.
These doctors are required to put figures on your injuries and conditions.
These figures then get combined into one overall whole person impairment figure called your whole person impairment rating.
I read about the whole person impairment rating here.
It can take many months for an impairment claim to finalise.
If it becomes apparent that you are likely to reach the minimum whole person impairment threshold required to be entitled to an impairment benefit, being 11%, the TAC may consider paying you an interim payment based on this amount.
For example, say you’ve been medically assessed as having a 15% whole person impairment rating but you have other assessments coming up in the future.
The TAC might in this instance be amenable to paying you an interim payment.
Sometimes the TAC will not volunteer an interim payment and for this reason you should contact them (or ask your lawyer to) and ask whether they would be open to paying you an interim payment.
If you believe that you are entitled to an interim payment but the TAC is refusing to make one, then we would recommend getting legal advice.
There are two main instances in which the TAC can consider paying interim payments.
The first is in relation to income payments when they are determining the appropriate amount to pay you.
The second is in relation to an impairment claim when it is apparent that you are likely to hit the minimum whole person impairment rating threshold but the impairment claim is still some way away from being determined.