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2.3 Death = High Priority Claim
Progression of compensation cases potentially involving payment of a death benefit represents the highest priority claim process. It is to be given the delegates full attention in preference to all other types of claim or requests for benefit. The reason for this status lies in the need to provide financial support to persons who have had income (and perhaps access to an ADF residence etc.) suddenly removed by the death.
Deaths for which compensation is only claimed years after that death are of course not in the same urgent category, unless the dependant can demonstrate that he/she is currently in dire need. Nevertheless, delegates should investigate all such claims as quickly as possible.