The length of time it takes to make a decision on an application is determined by a variety of considerations, including the nature of the injury, the treatment period, and the time it takes to send all related medical records to the Garda Chief Medical Officer, including a final prognosis.
The member is put on a waiting list to be reviewed by the Garda Chief Medical Officer until all appropriate medical records have been forwarded to the Garda authorities. The Department receives a letter from the Garda Chief Medical Officer about his review.
Applications are assessed after the Garda Chief Medical Officer’s report is sent, as well as reports from the member’s Divisional Office on the incident in which the member was injured. In certain cases, claims are processed in the order in which the Garda authorities obtain the files, not in the order in which the accidents occurred.