Benefit is taxable
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
- 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 Social Protection has a list
of Prescribed Occupational Diseases.
To get Injury Benefit you must be unfit for work for more than 3 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 3 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).
but you are unlikely to pay tax if it is your only
From 6 January 2014 no Injury Benefit payment will be made for the first 6
days of illness (up from 3 days). This means that a person will not be entitled
to Injury Benefit for the first 6 days of their claim (unless the person was
receiving Injury Benefit, Illness Benefit or a jobseekers' payment immediately
before their claim). Claims with a commencement date before 6 January 2014 and
those coming from Maternity Benefit will not be paid for the first 3 days of
Social insurance (PRSI) contributions
In general, people in employment insurable at PRSI Class A, D, J or M are
covered for Injury Benefit.
Civil Servants recruited prior to April 1995 and insured at Class B do not
qualify for Injury Benefit but may 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 3 days (excluding Sundays or paid
How long is Injury Benefit paid?
Injury Benefit is not paid for the first 6 days of your illness or
incapacity. Note that this was extended to 6 days from 3 days from 6 January
2014. 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
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.
You may take part in training
or part-time work which is rehabilitiative and get Injury Benefit. You
cannot work for more than 20 hours per week. You must get
permission from the Occupational Injuries Benefit Section (see 'Where to apply'
below) before you start rehabilitative work or training.
It should be noted that exemptions allowing a person to work are not
normally granted within the first 26 weeks of Injury Benefit. However, at the
end of your Injury Benefit, if you qualify for either Illness Benefit or
Incapacity Supplement with Disablement Benefit, a exemption to work may be
granted at that stage.
Rate of Injury Benefit in 2014
||Weekly rate, €
|Increase for a Qualified Adult
|Increase for a Qualified Child
14.90 (half rate)
You may get an increase in your payment for an adult
dependant and dependant
How to apply
You should apply for Injury Benefit within 21 days of becoming
ill, otherwise you may lose benefit.
To apply for Injury Benefit, you should visit a doctor and get a First
Social Welfare Medical Certificate. The First Social Welfare Medical
Certificate is both an application form and medical certificate for Injury
Benefit. Send it to the Injury Benefit Section - see 'Where to apply' below.
You should forward an Intermediate Medical Certificate each week for as long
as you are unfit for work. You can get an Intermediate Medical Certificate from
Where to apply
You can hand your First Social Welfare Certificate and Intermediate Medical
Certificates into your Social Welfare Local Office or post it to:
Injury Benefit Section
Department of Social Protection
PO Box 1650
Locall:1890 928 400 (from Republic of Ireland only) +353 1 704 3020 (from Northern Ireland or overseas)
For more information contact your Social Welfare Local Office or the
Occupational Injuries Benefit Section:
Occupational Injuries Benefit Section
Department of Social Protection
Áras Mhic Dhiarmada
Locall:1890 928 400 (from Republic of Ireland only) or +353 1 704 3020 (from Northern Ireland or overseas)