Prescribed Occupational Disease - SW 33

Print page

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.
To apply for Injury Benefit, you should:

  • go to a doctor and get a social welfare medical certificate (known as MED1), and an application form for Illness Benefit and Injury Benefit (known as an IB1). 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.
  • complete the IB1 application form in full. Ensure you provide your own PPS number, and complete all sections and questions that are relevant to you, such as Part 7 of the form which is specific to Occupational Injury Benefits, your spouse/civil partner/cohabitants details, and their income details if you wish to claim any increases on your claim.
  • make sure you sign the declaration on the application form.

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 (Form DB or OB1) 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

Application forms for Disablement Benefit or Death Benefit from or

Disablement Benefit Section
Social Welfare Services,
Ballinalee Road,

Telephone: 043 334 0000
LoCall 1890 927 770
If calling from outside the Republic of Ireland please call + 353 43 334 0000  

Note: The rates charged for using 1890 (LoCall) numbers may vary among different service providers.

Last modified:22/05/2019

 Application Forms