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 2019: 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.
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.
Rate of Injury Benefit from 26 March 2018
|Injury Benefit||Weekly rate, €|
|Increase for a Qualified Adult||131.40|
|Increase for a Qualified Child||31.80 (full
15.90 (half rate)
How to apply
You should apply for Injury Benefit within 6 weeks of becoming ill, otherwise you may lose this benefit.
You can get an Injury Benefit claim form (IB1) and a social welfare medical certificate (MED1), from your family doctor (GP). You fill out the IB1 claim form and your doctor completes the MED1 certificate.
You must see your doctor and send in a MED1 medical certificate each week for as long as you are unfit for work.
Completed certs should be sent by Freepost to the Injury Benefit Section (see 'Where to apply' below).
(Note that prior to 23 July 2018, the forms used were known as the MC1 and MC2.)
Where to apply
For more information contact your social welfare local office or the Occupational Injuries Benefit Section: