Injury Benefit


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Introduction

Injury Benefit is one of the benefits available under the Occupational Injuries Benefit Scheme. It is a weekly payment made to you if you are unfit for work due to:

  • An accident at work
  • An accident while travelling (on an unbroken journey) directly to or from work
  • An occupational disease

An occupational disease is a disease that you contract in the course of your employment or due to the work you do, for example, from contact with physical or chemical agents. The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection has a list of Prescribed Occupational Diseases.

To get Injury Benefit you must be unfit for work for more than 6 days as a result of the accident or disease (excluding Sundays or paid holiday leave). However, even if you are not unfit for work for more than 6 days you are entitled to a declaration that an occupational accident occurred. This safeguards your future rights to benefits under the Occupational Injuries Benefit Scheme (as not all work accidents and diseases result immediately in illness or disablement).

Injury Benefit is taxable but you are unlikely to pay tax if it is your only income.

Budget 2018: the maximum weekly rate of Injury Benefit will increase by €5, with proportional increases for qualified adults and those on reduced rates of payment. In addition, the weekly rate for a qualified child will increase by €2.20 from €31.80 to €34 for children under 12 years of age. It will increase by €5.20 from €31.80 to €37 for children aged 12 years and over. These increases will take effect from the week beginning 25 March 2019.

Rules

Social insurance (PRSI) contributions

In general, people in employment insurable at PRSI Class A, D, J or M are covered for Injury Benefit. For people insurable at class M, only employees under 16 years of age are covered.

Civil servants recruited prior to April 1995 and insured at Class B do not qualify for Injury Benefit but may be entitled to a declaration that an occupational accident occurred and qualify for other benefits under the Occupational Injuries Benefits Scheme.

You do not have to be insured under Class A, D, J or M for any particular length of time to qualify for Injury Benefit. You will qualify if you are unfit for work because of an accident at work or an occupational disease. Your illness or incapacity must last for more than 6 days (excluding Sundays or paid holiday leave).

 

How long is Injury Benefit paid?

Injury Benefit is not paid for the first 6 days of your illness or incapacity. Payment can be made for up to 26 weeks starting from the date of your accident or development of the disease.

If you are still unable to work after 26 weeks, you may be entitled to Illness Benefit, Disability Allowance or Supplementary Welfare Allowance. You may also be entitled to Disablement Benefit if you suffer a loss of physical or mental faculty as a result of the accident or disease. Alternatively, if you do not qualify for Illness Benefit or another social welfare payment and you are getting Disablement Benefit, you may be eligible for Incapacity Supplement.

If you are receiving Working Family Payment (WFP) and cannot work because of an occupational illness or disease, payment of WFP may continue with Injury Benefit for up to 36 days (6 weeks). Similarly if you are getting Back to Work Family Dividend, payment of BTWFD may continue with Injury Benefit for 36 days (6 weeks).

Rehabilitative work and training

You may take part in training or part-time work which is rehabilitative and get Injury Benefit.

If you wish to take part in a course of training or to undertake rehabilitative work, you must get prior written permission from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.

You do not need prior written permission to undertake:

  • Light work for which no payment is, or would normally be, payable
  • Work which is done as part of treatment while you are in hospital or other similar institution and the earnings do not exceed €50 per week
  • Work under a scheme that is considered charitable in character where the earnings do not exceed €50 per week

Partial Capacity Benefit

If you have received Injury Benefit for the maximum period of 6 months and have transferred to Illness Benefit, you can apply for Partial Capacity Benefit.

Rates

 

Rate of Injury Benefit from 25 Mar 2019


Injury Benefit

Weekly rate, €

Personal rate

203.00

Increase for a Qualified Adult

134.70

Increase for a Qualified Child

37.00 (Full rate aged 12 & Over)
34.00 (Full rate aged Under 12)
18.50 (Full rate aged 12 & Over)
17.00 (Full rate aged Under 12)

You may get an increase in your payment for an adult dependant and dependent children.

How to apply

You can get a form IB1 (application form for Illness Benefit and Injury Benefit) and accompanying ‘Certificate of Incapacity for Work’ from your doctor. You must ensure that that you complete all questions on the form IB1 that are specific to Injury Benefit (Q.27 and Part 7)

A ‘Certificate of Incapacity for Work’ can be provided in two ways:

> Paper form (purple coloured certificate)
> Online by your doctor (not available in all practices)

Where your doctor has provided a paper form ‘Certificate of Incapacity for Work’:

> the doctor will complete and sign the medical section, and you will complete your personal details, sign the declaration, and post this with your IB1 (application form for Illness Benefit and Injury Benefit)

Where your doctor has completed an ‘Online Certificate of Incapacity for Work’:

> the doctor will provide you with a receipt for your own/employer’s records. Your ‘Online Certificate of Incapacity for

Work’ is submitted on your behalf by your doctor and you only need to post your IB1 (application form for Illness Benefit and Injury Benefit).

If you are or have been an in-patient in a hospital, see 'Hospital certs' below.

From 01st March 2019 closed certification for Illness Benefit was introduced, this means your doctor can provide you with one medical certificate to cover the entire duration of your expected absence from work.  If your doctor has not marked your certificate as a ‘Final Certificate, or if you are returning to work earlier than expected, you should notify the department:

> by email at ClosemyIBclaim@welfare.ie or
> by telephone (01) 704 3300 or LoCall 1890 92 84 00
If calling from outside the Republic of Ireland please call + 353 1 704 3300

You do not need to pay for a social welfare medical certificate as the Department pays the doctor an agreed fee. However, you may have to pay for the doctor to examine you.

The form IB1 (application form for Illness Benefit and Injury Benefit) and accompanying ‘Certificate of Incapacity for Work’ are only available from doctors who are on the Department's panel of medical certifiers.

You should apply for Illness Benefit within 6 weeks of becoming ill. If you don't apply within this time you may lose some of your payment. If there is a good reason for a delay in applying, your payment may be backdated. If you wish to make a backdated claim for Illness Benefit, you need to complete part 3 of the IB1 claim form.

Longer term customers may be advised by the department that their doctor no longer needs to carry out a full assessment under the closed certification guidelines, and their doctor can start issuing a ‘Certificate for Ongoing Incapacity for Work’ (blue coloured certificate / or online in some practices). You will be advised by the department if this applies to you.  

If you have any difficulties completing the forms, staff in your local Intreo Centre or Social Welfare Branch Office will be happy to help you. You can ask them any questions you have about Illness Benefit or you can call the Illness Benefit enquiries telephone line - see 'Where to apply' below.
 
Hospital certs: if you are or have been an in-patient in a hospital, you should ask a hospital doctor to give you a pro forma letter which you can bring to your GP who will issue the form IB1 (application form for Illness Benefit and Injury Benefit) and accompanying ‘Certificate of Incapacity for Work’ to you with no charge. If you’re still in hospital, a family member can bring the pro forma letter to your GP on your behalf.

Freepost:
Completed form IB1 (application form for Illness Benefit and Injury Benefit) and accompanying ‘Certificate of Incapacity for Work’ should be sent by Freepost to:
Social Welfare Services, P.O. Box 1650, Dublin 1.

Last modified:19/07/2019
 

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