Prescribed Occupational Disease - SW 33


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You should apply for Injury Benefit, in relation to a prescribed disease, 6 weeks of the development or recurrence of the disease, otherwise you may lose benefit.

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 Injury 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 Injury 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 Injury Benefit, you need to complete part 3 of the IB1 claim form.

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.


Appeals:
If you think you have been wrongly refused Illness Benefit, you can appeal the decision to the Social Welfare Appeals Office. You should appeal within 21 days of getting the decision.

Important: Not all work accidents or diseases result immediately in illness or disablement.  
To protect your future right to benefit, you should apply for a declaration that your accident or disease occurred at work. You can get this declaration form from: 
 
Injury Benefit Section
Social Welfare Services,
Áras Mhic Dhiarmada,
Store Street
Dublin 1.

Telephone: 01 704 3018
LoCall 1890 928 400
If calling from outside the Republic of Ireland please call + 353 1 704 3018

Last modified:19/07/2019
 

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