Compensation Claims and Legal Proceedings - What do I need to know?

If the reason you are seeking psychological assessment or therapy has anything to do with a compensation claim or legal proceedings, or might end up in a legal proceeding, there are certain things you need to be aware of before you enter therapy. This could mean WorkCoverSA, Victims of Crime, Family Court, Criminal Court.

The first thing you need to know, is that your file might (and in many cases will) be requested or subpoenaed by your lawyers or the opposing legal team.

The second thing you need to know is that the fees we charge you will be different to the fees payable under a Medicare Better Access Scheme Mental Health Care Plan or Private Health. The fee for your session will be is our regular fee ($220), this may mean that you have an out of pocket expense as Return to WorkSA only cover part of our fee. 


In addition to the session fee, we will be charging you for:

  • read reports; 

  • write reports or letters;

  • file review and preparation;

  • postage, photocopying, scanning or printing;

  • answer and read emails; 

  • take and participate in telephone calls with yourself, or anyone else involved in your claim or legal proceedings;

  • Attend court or case conferences;

  • Travel time.


These fees will be similar to the fees you pay your lawyers. In general, the additional fees we will charge you are billed in 6 minute blocks for all or part thereof of the block. For example if we participate in a telephone call with yourself or your lawyer and it takes 8 minutes, you will be charged 2 blocks of 6 minutes. 

Additional Fee Schedule:

Read Reports: $26.70 per 6 minute block

Write report or letters: Minimum charge 30 minutes - $134.00

File review and preparation (simple): $26.70 per 6 minute block

File review and preparation (complex): $40 per 6 minute block

Postage: Cost of postage + 25%

Photocopying and Printing: 55 cents per single page, double sided page $1.10

Scanning: 50 cents per page

Read and respond to emails: $26.70 per 6 minute block - minimum charge $26.70.

Telephone calls, video calls or virtual case conference: 1-15 minutes $70, 16-30 minutes $140, 31-45 minutes $200, 46-60 minutes $280.

If you or your legal team have any questions in regard to the above information, please seek clarification BEFORE entering into a therapeutic relationship with us. You will be asked to read and sign that you understand these implications before the initial consultation.