Pain and suffering costs

If someone close to you suffered the harm, you may be able to claim pain and suffering costs.

Claims for pain and suffering must be accompanied with sufficient evidence.

What proof you need

Before you can claim, you need to get your doctor to complete a COVID-19 vaccine claims scheme medical report. You need this as proof when you submit the claim. We need your doctor’s responses to help us assess your claim.

You also need to provide these documents with your claim:

  • a statement addressing the nature of your pain and suffering since being vaccinated and why you’re now unable to lead a normal life
  • proof of any amounts you got or will get from third parties, like insurance companies.

All claims for pain and suffering must include evidence to support at least one other claim category, such as lost income or out of pocket expenses.

How to calculate pain and suffering costs

You don’t need to enter an amount in your claim for pain and suffering. We’ll calculate this based on the evidence you provide as set out in the COVID-19 vaccine claims scheme policy on the Department of Health and Aged Care website.

Page last updated: 7 July 2022