An industrial injury is an accident or disease caused by the work or working conditions. It may be caused by a fall at the workplace where you break your leg, a back injury sustained due to heavy lifting, eczema due to an allergic reaction to substances in the working environment, a severe mental strain etc.
If you have been injured in connection with your work, this will be reported by your employer to the employer's insurance company or by your GP to Arbejdsmarkedets Erhvervssikring (AES).
Your accident can be recognised as an industrial injury if:
- the accident occurred as a consequence of your work or the conditions under which the work was carried out
- the severity of your injury exceeds the minimum threshold set out in applicable legislation
- the distress you experience is caused by the injury you sustained in the accident.
Your disease can be recognised as an industrial injury if:
- the disease is on the list of occupational diseases
- it can be documented that the disease has been caused by your work.
If your disease is recognised as an occupational disease, you may be entitled to compensation.
Who must report an industrial injury?
In the vast majority of cases, you do not need to do anything in order for the industrial injury to be reported.
If you have been in an accident, it is your employer's duty to report the injury to the insurance company with which your employer has taken out industrial injury insurance. Initially, your employer's insurance company processes the claim. The insurance company will gather information about the accident and the injury you have sustained. The reporting must take place within nine days at the latest of the injury having been sustained. Even if the injury does not result in any compensation, the employer must still report it if the injured person is unable to fully resume work five weeks after the injury was sustained.
Your employer does not have a duty to report occupational diseases. If you have a disease that may have been caused by your work, your GP or specialist reports this to Arbejdsmarkedets Erhvervssikring (AES).