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If you lose income due to an occupational injury, you can receive compensation from Försäkringskassan. This is called occupational injury annuity. To receive annuity, a doctor must determine that your occupational injury will affect your ability to work for at least one year going forward.
Can I receive annuity?
You may be entitled to annuity if
you lose income because you must work fewer hours or cannot work at all, must change job or work tasks, lose out on a bonus, or must undergo retraining due to the injury.
you income has decreased by at least 1/15 compared to what you were earning before the injury.
there is a doctor’s certificate or other medical documentation indicating that your occupational injury will affect you ability to work for at least a year going forward from the date the doctor wrote the certificate or documentation.
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 annuity.
You were injured in January 2016 and were only able to work half-time over the past year. You have been going to rehabilitation since February 2016 with the goal of being able to work full-time. Initially, the doctor cannot judge how long you will need rehabilitation before you can begin working full-time gain. You see the doctor every month.
But, on 20 January 2017 your doctor writes a doctor’s certificate indicating that you will not be able to work full-time in any job again. This means that you can apply from annuity beginning January 2017.
This means that, even if you earned less from the very first day you were injured, you cannot receive annuity until January 2017. You cannot receive annuity retroactively for the time period before January 2017.
Income before the injury: SEK 25,000 Income after the injury: SEK 23,000
25,000 – 23,000 = 2,000. Thus, the loss of income is SEK 2,000.
One-fifteenth of 25,000 = 25,000/15 = 1,666.
Since SEK 2,000 is more than SEK 1,666, the loss of income is greater than one-fifteenth. Thus, the condition that income must have decreased by at least one-fifteenth is met.