If an employee has been injured in an accident at work, he or she may be entitled to compensation from the employer´s insurance. This may be compensation from the accident insurance of the employer that the employer is obligated to have under collective agreements.
If an employee has been injured in an accident at work, he or she may be entitled to compensation from the employer´s insurance. This may be compensation from the accident insurance of the employer that the employer is obligated to have under collective agreements. This insurance covers accidents that occur at work or on a direct route to and from work. In these situations, the employee does not need to prove that the employer is responsible for the accident or any other person that the employer is responsible for. If it´s proven that the accident was the employer´s fault, such as equipment failure, inadequate instructions or mistakes of an employee that the employer is responsible for, the injured party may be entitled to compensation from the employer´s liability insurance. The injured party may also be entitled to compensation from Iceland´s Health insurance if the permanent financial disability is 10% or higher. If it´s proven that the employee showed negligence during the execution of his work the employee might have to bear part of his damage himself.
It is important that the employer reports the accident to the proper authorities. If the authorities evaluate the work equipment as sufficient and that safety requirements are met it is very likely that the employer will not be held responsible for the accident. It is very important for the injured person to seek medical assistance immediately and describe the cause of the accident as best as he can. If the injured party fails to do so, he could lose his right to compensation because there has to be a causal link between the injury and the accident.
In the case of work accidents, two types of compensation are considered. There is compensation for temporary consequences and compensation for permanent consequences. In the first category, there is compensation for temporary loss of employment and pain and suffering. In the second category there is compensation for permanent non-pecuniary damage and permanent financial disability, that is when the so-called stability point has been reached and no further recovery is expected.
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The injured party is generally entitled to compensation for the time he is away from work. That is, the loss of income from the day of the accident until the injured party can return to work or if no further recovery is expected. Household work is also equated with work outside the home and therefore the person who works at home may also be entitled to compensation under this category.
This is a standard compensation for the period that the injured party is considered incapacitated/ill due to an injury caused by an accident. The injured party is entitled to a certain amount per day, depending on whether he is bedridden or not. In certain circumstances, it is permissible to pay compensation despite of the injured party being able to work. An example of such case is that physical injury causes temporary physical discomfort or interferes with normal physical activity without the injured party being ill.
Compensation for permanent personal injury is compensation for non-financial damage. That may consist of suffering, embarrassment, discomfort, blemish, and disfigurement e.g. Compensation under this category depends on the severity of the injury from a medical point of view as well as the difficulties they cause in a life of the injured party. A personal injury can often affect the future ability of the injured party to earn income.
The ability of the injured party to earn income due to physical injury may decrease due to the injuries he suffers in an accident. For example, the injured party may need to reduce his workload or even quit working. Disability covers the permanent impairment of the injured party’s ability to earn income in the future. The calculation of compensation in such cases depends on the age of the injured party and the income he had for the past three years before the accident. The calculation is based on minimum wage.
Outlay refers to the cost of the injured party that he incurs because of the assistance he must seek after an accident. This may include expenses for medical visits, rehabilitation, medication, and other financial loss. Other financial loss is, e.g. the cost of prosthetics and taxis. It is important to keep the original payment receipt for these expenses to claim these expenses from insurance companies or the person responsible for the injury.
It is important to respond quickly and ensure proof of the incident, as this can help us to protect your interests.
Gathering information and evidence
It is best to contact us so we can proceed with the case in the right direction. Then we can give you advice on the following steps and get started with gathering information and evidence.
Assessment of consequences
Injury and compensation cases can take a long time. Usually it takes at least one year until it is possible to assess the consequences for the injured party.
Settlement of compensation
In most cases, a settlement is reached. That is especially in cases when an insurance company is liable for compensation. In the event of a dispute regarding the liability or the amount of compensation, we will take the case to appropriate ruling committees and/or the courts.