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Compensation for expenses related to an occupational injury

If you have costs for dental care, assistive devices, or medical care abroad due to an occupational injury, you can receive compensation from Försäkringskassan.

Can I receive compensation for dental care costs?

Yes, if

  • the treatment is necessary due to the injury
  • the dentist is affiliated with Försäkringskassan
  • you have a receipt or treatment proposal from your dentist
  • you are insured in Sweden. You are insured in Sweden if you work here.

If you meet all of these conditions, Försäkringskassan will go forward and investigate whether your injury or illness can be approved as an occupational injury. If it is approved as an occupational injury, you can receive compensation for dental care costs.

How much money will I get?

Försäkringskassan uses reference charges to calculate how much compensation you can receive for dental care. If your dentist

charges a higher price than found in the reference charge list, you usually only receive compensation equal to the reference charge.

All reference charges are found in the reference charge list on the Dental and Pharmaceutical Benefits Agency's website.

www.tlv.se

How do I apply?

1. Apply on My pages (Mina sidor)


2. Present receipts, invoices, quote or treatment proposal

We need documentation for your costs to be able to consider your application. You can either:

  • send in receipts or invoices that show how much you paid
  • or send in a proposal from a doctor or dentist regarding what treatment or assistive devices you need. Send it to Försäkringskassans inläsningscentral, 839 88 Östersund.

3. You receive a confirmation letter

Once we have received your application, we will send you a confirmation letter.

4. An administrator will contact you

An administrator will contact you when the investigation has been started.

5. You receive a decision

Our aim is for you to receive a decision within three months from the date the investigation begins. At present, we have long processing times. This means, it could take longer.

 

Can I receive compensation for assistive devices?

Yes, if

  • there is a doctor’s certificate or medical document indicating that you need the assistive device due to your occupational injury
  • you cannot receive the assistive device free of charge from the county council or the like
  • you have a receipt or a quote for your cost
  • you are insured in Sweden. You are insured in Sweden if you work here.

If you meet all of these conditions, Försäkringskassan will go forward and investigate whether your injury or illness can be approved as an occupational injury. If it is approved as an occupational injury, you can receive compensation for assistive devices.

How much do I get?

You can receive compensation for the entire cost of your assistive device.

The compensation can be paid out on many occasions, for example if you need to replace batteries or the like.

Bear in mind you only receive the compensation from Försäkringskassan if you do not receive it from any other source. The county council often pays for assistive devices.

How do I apply?

1. Apply on My pages (Mina sidor)

2. You receive a confirmation letter

Once we have received your application, we will send you a confirmation letter.

3. An administrator contacts you

An administrator will contact you when the investigation has been started.

4. You receive a decision

Our aim is for you to receive a decision within three months from the date the investigation begins. At present, we have long processing times. This means, it could take longer.

 

Costs for medical care refers to costs for a doctor's care, hospital care, physical therapy, and travel to and from a doctor or hospital.

Can I receive compensation for medical care abroad?

You can receive compensation for costs for medical care abroad if:

  • you had or will have a cost for medical care abroad due to your injury and you paid more for the care than you would have in Sweden.
  • you have a receipt or treatment proposal.
  • you are insured in Sweden. If you work here, you are.

If you meet all of these conditions, Försäkringskassan will go forward and investigate whether your injury or illness can be approved as an occupational injury. If it is approved as an occupational injury, you can receive compensation for dental care costs.

How much money will I get?

If you incurred costs for medical care abroad, there will first be an assessment as to whether you are entitled to compensation for medical care abroad according to applicable rules, regardless of whether you have an occupational injury or not. If there are costs that are not compensated under the rules, we will investigate whether you can receive compensation for the costs from occupational injury insurance instead.

You will receive compensation for the entire remainder of the cost, but we will deduct what you would have paid if you received care in Sweden.

Your eligibility for compensation is highly dependent on your situation and what type of care you received.

How do I apply?

1. Apply on My pages (Mina sidor)


2. You receive a confirmation letter

Once we have received your application, we will send you a confirmation letter.

3. An administrator contacts you

An administrator will contact you when the investigation has been started.

4. You receive a decision

Our aim is for you to receive a decision within three months from the date the investigation begins. At present, we have long processing times. This means, it could take longer.

 

Even if you cannot receive compensation from Försäkringskassan, there may be other forms of compensation you can apply for.

  • If you are an employee, you may be entitled to compensation from AFA Försäkring. Ask your union or employer about this.

    AFA Försäkring

  • If you have private accident insurance, you may be entitled to compensation from your insurance company.
 

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Frequently asked questions

Yes. The treatment proposal must state what the dentist plans to do to repair your dental injury.

The dental care subsidy consists of general and special dental care allowance plus a high-cost protection. It is intended to provide financial support to everyone in need of dental care, and as protection against high costs. You will only receive compensation for the cost that remains after the dental care subsidy has been deducted. Remember to let your dentist know that you want to use your dental care subsidy to pay part of the cost.

Assistive devices are devices you must use to handle day-to-day activities because of your occupational injury. Examples include walking aids, hearing aids and special glasses.

Aids that can mitigate the effects of the occupational injury or that can lead to you retaining your ability to handle day-to-day activities are considered assistive devices. An example of this is a rubber resistance band your physiotherapist instructs you to use to build up strength. To receive compensation for this type of assistive device, there must be medical knowledge showing that this has a positive effect on the injury.

If you instead primarily need the assistive device in your work, it is considered a workplace assistive device and you should instead apply for compensation for this.

No. You only receive the compensation from Försäkringskassan if you do not receive the assistive device from any other source. You can often receive assistive devices through your county council. It is therefore important that you check what kind of assistive devices the county council can provide before you buy any yourself. You cannot receive compensation from Försäkringskassan if you could have received an adequate assistive device from the county council at no charge. If the county council charges you a fee, you can apply for compensation for that fee from Försäkringskassan.

If there are less expensive assistive devices that work just as well, Försäkringskassan can only provide compensation for the lower cost.

You can receive compensation for medical care abroad for an occupational injury if you, for example,

  • need care while abroad, either because you were injured abroad while working for a Swedish employer or because you relapsed from an earlier occupational injury that was approved by Försäkringskassan.
  • cannot receive care for your occupational injury in Sweden within a reasonable amount of time or the care you need is not available in Sweden.

You can begin by applying for compensation for costs under the rules that apply for medical care abroad.

If there costs that are not covered by the European Health Insurance Card, you can apply for compensation for costs related to an occupational injury. More information can be found further down on the page.

Medical care abroad with a European Health Insurance Card

Yes, if you work here and suffer an occupational injury, you can receive compensation for medical care costs related to the injury if you are not entitled to subsidised care. Call the Customer Centre at 0771-524 524 for more information.

No. This is because we only investigate the occupational injury if you meet the conditions to be entitled to compensation for your occupational injury from Försäkringskassan. This is what the law states.

It is a good idea to let your employer know you injured yourself at work since your employer is obliged by law to report all occupational injuries to the Work Environment Authority. However, your receipt of compensation is not dependent on such a report.

You can receive compensation for injuries related to an accident at work or an accident that occurs while you are on your way to or from your job.
Examples of factors for which you can receive compensation for injury include

  • heavy or monotonous work
  • vibrations or shaking
  • noise
  • various chemical substances
  • psychologically straining working conditions
  • infectious diseases when working in a risky profession.

However, there must be medical knowledge that there is a link between your injury and what you are subjected to through your work.

If you have technical issues

If your e-identification does not work or if you have other technical issues, you can get help on our technical support pages. There, you can get assistance from an administrator directly in a web meeting. You are then connected with the administrator, who can see your screen and help you. Web meetings are available during the Customer Centre’s opening hours.

Technical support

If you have a protected identity

If you have a protected identity, you cannot use all of the e-services found on My pages (Mina sidor). You can instead apply using a paper form.

If you must apply using a paper form

All forms that can be downloaded from the website can be found under Forms and certificates.

Forms and certificates

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