Interpretation Panel finds CAF and RCMP may be eligible for disability benefits arising from service-related treatment injury

From: Veterans Affairs Canada

Today, the Veterans Review and Appeal Board (VRAB) issued an Interpretation Decision (I-3) that provides clarity around compensation for those with disabilities arising from medical care.

The Decision finds that both Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Members may be eligible for disability benefits arising from a service-related treatment injury.

An Interpretation Hearing was held in January 2021 where a Panel of VRAB Members heard from stakeholders on the interpretation of the Board’s legislation with the intent to bring clarity to whether disabilities arising from medical care can be compensated. Key considerations included the extent to which the disability arising from medical treatment is compensable and whether the disability is service-related.

In the I-3 Decision released today, it is made clear that each claim must be analyzed on a case-by-case basis to determine whether there is a significant relationship to service as each case holds unique and specific circumstances.

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