AFCS Interim Review, decision waiting for managers approval!!!

#1
Hi All,

to cut story short>>>> I was injured in Afghanistan and sustained injuries. I was diagnosed with severe PTSD, getting disability benefit and about to undergo another surgery. My 2 year interim review is at its closing stages. I spoke to SPVA and I was told my case worker that a decision has being made and its awaiting managers approval before the notification is sent to me!!!!!

Is this a good or bad thing? Its leaving me extremely restless??
 
#2
It means you just have to wait to be told. There is no way to tell at this stage what the decision is. Stressful for you but at least the process is happening for you.

Good luck.
 
#3
Cases winding their way through Veterans UK are taking between 3 and 9 months for a decision to be made. This is not a criticism of their role but they seem understaffed with a huge volume of work. It made me wonder just how many cases are submitted, and then rejected, because they were not completed correctly, contained insufficient information, were out of time on limitation, badly worded, lacked the right supporting evidence and which resulted in the Claimants giving up at the appeal stage!

Our firm has represented 174 servicemen and women so far in 2018 including 7 successful Applications for Reconsideration, 8 cases where we argued that they had used the wrong Tariff, and 14 cases where they originally declined an award because the claimant couldn't produce a Calling Order for a sports injury.

We're NOT a law firm, although two of our Team are both ex-forces and also lawyers, but if you don't argue your case to VUK with carefully chosen words and the right evidence your chances of receiving an award drop like a stone.

Our biggest success has been finding a way around the lack of 'Calling Orders'. Here is a familiar example of what I mean. Two soldiers are playing football on adjacent pitches. One has a piece of paper [Calling Order] confirming he is [authorized] to play in the match. His mate on the adjacent pitch is just playing for his Unit on a Wednesday Sports afternoon. They both sustain the same injury [Right ACL trauma and meniscus tear], are medically downgraded to MND for 9 months, endure months of physiotherapy, and their injuries restrict their chances of promotion. They both make claims through the AFCS. The soldier with the Calling Order is awarded £10,300; his mate who cannot produce the magic piece of paper is awarded nothing. We continue to successfully argue these cases because we know what to say - and how to say it.

Anyone can fill out an AFCSWPS0001 but mistakes are costly, knowing what to say, what not to say, and making the argument is often the difference between an award and a rejection. Very few Solicitor firms have lawyers who have served in the military and these firms are interested in big cases which involve the civil law of negligence. I challenge anyone to find a law firm that will take on a 'free-standing' AFCS/WPS claim unless there is a juicy civil case that will rake in a huge fee.

I say to every person that asks my advice that if they want to have a go at an AFCS claim go for it but understand that there are multiple ways of having a claim rejected. No Win No Fee gets a lot of bad press but what is wrong with "We'll do all the work and if you don't get an award you can walk away and pay our firm zero! My plumber wouldn't come round and install a central heating system if he knew he might not get paid at the end of the job. However, if your claim is successful the firm takes just 20% of your award." At the end of the day, it is money you were not expecting and paying 20% is better than having no award at all.

Before this post gets a battering we offer [every] caller to our website a free telephone consultation where you can ask advice from someone that [really] knows about the military and this AFCS/WPS web of regulations. If you decide to go off and make your own claim we wish you well; if you want our help we can guarantee we're as good at this as you are in your specialist role.

Come and talk to us - www.militaryinjury.co.uk
Steve Parker
Military Injury Team
 
#4
Cases winding their way through Veterans UK are taking between 3 and 9 months for a decision to be made. This is not a criticism of their role but they seem understaffed with a huge volume of work. It made me wonder just how many cases are submitted, and then rejected, because they were not completed correctly, contained insufficient information, were out of time on limitation, badly worded, lacked the right supporting evidence and which resulted in the Claimants giving up at the appeal stage!

Our firm has represented 174 servicemen and women so far in 2018 including 7 successful Applications for Reconsideration, 8 cases where we argued that they had used the wrong Tariff, and 14 cases where they originally declined an award because the claimant couldn't produce a Calling Order for a sports injury.

We're NOT a law firm, although two of our Team are both ex-forces and also lawyers, but if you don't argue your case to VUK with carefully chosen words and the right evidence your chances of receiving an award drop like a stone.

Our biggest success has been finding a way around the lack of 'Calling Orders'. Here is a familiar example of what I mean. Two soldiers are playing football on adjacent pitches. One has a piece of paper [Calling Order] confirming he is [authorized] to play in the match. His mate on the adjacent pitch is just playing for his Unit on a Wednesday Sports afternoon. They both sustain the same injury [Right ACL trauma and meniscus tear], are medically downgraded to MND for 9 months, endure months of physiotherapy, and their injuries restrict their chances of promotion. They both make claims through the AFCS. The soldier with the Calling Order is awarded £10,300; his mate who cannot produce the magic piece of paper is awarded nothing. We continue to successfully argue these cases because we know what to say - and how to say it.

Anyone can fill out an AFCSWPS0001 but mistakes are costly, knowing what to say, what not to say, and making the argument is often the difference between an award and a rejection. Very few Solicitor firms have lawyers who have served in the military and these firms are interested in big cases which involve the civil law of negligence. I challenge anyone to find a law firm that will take on a 'free-standing' AFCS/WPS claim unless there is a juicy civil case that will rake in a huge fee.

I say to every person that asks my advice that if they want to have a go at an AFCS claim go for it but understand that there are multiple ways of having a claim rejected. No Win No Fee gets a lot of bad press but what is wrong with "We'll do all the work and if you don't get an award you can walk away and pay our firm zero! My plumber wouldn't come round and install a central heating system if he knew he might not get paid at the end of the job. However, if your claim is successful the firm takes just 20% of your award." At the end of the day, it is money you were not expecting and paying 20% is better than having no award at all.

Before this post gets a battering we offer [every] caller to our website a free telephone consultation where you can ask advice from someone that [really] knows about the military and this AFCS/WPS web of regulations. If you decide to go off and make your own claim we wish you well; if you want our help we can guarantee we're as good at this as you are in your specialist role.

Come and talk to us - www.militaryinjury.co.uk
Steve Parker
Military Injury Team
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#5
Cases winding their way through Veterans UK are taking between 3 and 9 months for a decision to be made. This is not a criticism of their role but they seem understaffed with a huge volume of work. It made me wonder just how many cases are submitted, and then rejected, because they were not completed correctly, contained insufficient information, were out of time on limitation, badly worded, lacked the right supporting evidence and which resulted in the Claimants giving up at the appeal stage!

Our firm has represented 174 servicemen and women so far in 2018 including 7 successful Applications for Reconsideration, 8 cases where we argued that they had used the wrong Tariff, and 14 cases where they originally declined an award because the claimant couldn't produce a Calling Order for a sports injury.

We're NOT a law firm, although two of our Team are both ex-forces and also lawyers, but if you don't argue your case to VUK with carefully chosen words and the right evidence your chances of receiving an award drop like a stone.

Our biggest success has been finding a way around the lack of 'Calling Orders'. Here is a familiar example of what I mean. Two soldiers are playing football on adjacent pitches. One has a piece of paper [Calling Order] confirming he is [authorized] to play in the match. His mate on the adjacent pitch is just playing for his Unit on a Wednesday Sports afternoon. They both sustain the same injury [Right ACL trauma and meniscus tear], are medically downgraded to MND for 9 months, endure months of physiotherapy, and their injuries restrict their chances of promotion. They both make claims through the AFCS. The soldier with the Calling Order is awarded £10,300; his mate who cannot produce the magic piece of paper is awarded nothing. We continue to successfully argue these cases because we know what to say - and how to say it.

Anyone can fill out an AFCSWPS0001 but mistakes are costly, knowing what to say, what not to say, and making the argument is often the difference between an award and a rejection. Very few Solicitor firms have lawyers who have served in the military and these firms are interested in big cases which involve the civil law of negligence. I challenge anyone to find a law firm that will take on a 'free-standing' AFCS/WPS claim unless there is a juicy civil case that will rake in a huge fee.

I say to every person that asks my advice that if they want to have a go at an AFCS claim go for it but understand that there are multiple ways of having a claim rejected. No Win No Fee gets a lot of bad press but what is wrong with "We'll do all the work and if you don't get an award you can walk away and pay our firm zero! My plumber wouldn't come round and install a central heating system if he knew he might not get paid at the end of the job. However, if your claim is successful the firm takes just 20% of your award." At the end of the day, it is money you were not expecting and paying 20% is better than having no award at all.

Before this post gets a battering we offer [every] caller to our website a free telephone consultation where you can ask advice from someone that [really] knows about the military and this AFCS/WPS web of regulations. If you decide to go off and make your own claim we wish you well; if you want our help we can guarantee we're as good at this as you are in your specialist role.

Come and talk to us - www.militaryinjury.co.uk
Steve Parker
Military Injury Team
Cases winding their way through Veterans UK are taking between 3 and 9 months for a decision to be made. This is not a criticism of their role but they seem understaffed with a huge volume of work. It made me wonder just how many cases are submitted, and then rejected, because they were not completed correctly, contained insufficient information, were out of time on limitation, badly worded, lacked the right supporting evidence and which resulted in the Claimants giving up at the appeal stage!

Our firm has represented 174 servicemen and women so far in 2018 including 7 successful Applications for Reconsideration, 8 cases where we argued that they had used the wrong Tariff, and 14 cases where they originally declined an award because the claimant couldn't produce a Calling Order for a sports injury.

We're NOT a law firm, although two of our Team are both ex-forces and also lawyers, but if you don't argue your case to VUK with carefully chosen words and the right evidence your chances of receiving an award drop like a stone.

Our biggest success has been finding a way around the lack of 'Calling Orders'. Here is a familiar example of what I mean. Two soldiers are playing football on adjacent pitches. One has a piece of paper [Calling Order] confirming he is [authorized] to play in the match. His mate on the adjacent pitch is just playing for his Unit on a Wednesday Sports afternoon. They both sustain the same injury [Right ACL trauma and meniscus tear], are medically downgraded to MND for 9 months, endure months of physiotherapy, and their injuries restrict their chances of promotion. They both make claims through the AFCS. The soldier with the Calling Order is awarded £10,300; his mate who cannot produce the magic piece of paper is awarded nothing. We continue to successfully argue these cases because we know what to say - and how to say it.

Anyone can fill out an AFCSWPS0001 but mistakes are costly, knowing what to say, what not to say, and making the argument is often the difference between an award and a rejection. Very few Solicitor firms have lawyers who have served in the military and these firms are interested in big cases which involve the civil law of negligence. I challenge anyone to find a law firm that will take on a 'free-standing' AFCS/WPS claim unless there is a juicy civil case that will rake in a huge fee.

I say to every person that asks my advice that if they want to have a go at an AFCS claim go for it but understand that there are multiple ways of having a claim rejected. No Win No Fee gets a lot of bad press but what is wrong with "We'll do all the work and if you don't get an award you can walk away and pay our firm zero! My plumber wouldn't come round and install a central heating system if he knew he might not get paid at the end of the job. However, if your claim is successful the firm takes just 20% of your award." At the end of the day, it is money you were not expecting and paying 20% is better than having no award at all.

Before this post gets a battering we offer [every] caller to our website a free telephone consultation where you can ask advice from someone that [really] knows about the military and this AFCS/WPS web of regulations. If you decide to go off and make your own claim we wish you well; if you want our help we can guarantee we're as good at this as you are in your specialist role.

Come and talk to us - www.militaryinjury.co.uk
Steve Parker
Military Injury Team
Was the 8 reconsiderations the total amount for 2018?
 
#9
It’s just I put in a reconsideration for an award in April, still waiting for the outcome!
For some reason I can only post on here every hour - maybe it's because I'm still a Crow!

Our Reconsiderations [8 this year] have been kept to this small number because we've been successful on the remainder of our claims. We've only been declined on one Reconsideration so far and how long it takes does depend on the complexity of the appeal. Waiting since April seems excessive - have you sent an update request every 30 days? We keep on them so they don't forget us but WPS claims take much longer with an average of 8-9 months.
 
#10
And yet the RBL do this week in, week out and have done for years, give free advice and don't charge for their services*.

* Not suggesting you charge but why start a company that's not going to earn any money?
 

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