Lump-sum compensation in respect of an accident at work

The lump-sum compensation in respect of an accident at work is due to an insured person who has suffered permanent or long-term bodily injury as a result of an accident at work or occupational disease.

The permanent bodily injury refers to such a disturbance of the body condition which results in an impairment of body functions and excludes improvement of the patient’s health condition.

In turn, the long-term bodily injury is such a disturbance of the body condition which results in an impairment of body functions for over 6 months. After this time, the improvement of patient’s health condition is possible.

The amount of the compensation depends on the degree of bodily injury. It is determined in percentage by ZUS evaluating doctor or ZUS medical board.

From 1 April 2019, an injured person has been entitled to a compensation of PLN 917.00 for each per cent of permanent or long-term bodily injury.

A person, who has been recognised as completely incapable of work and of independent existence as a result of an accident at work or occupational disease, is entitled to a lump-sum compensation of PLN 16,048.00.

Lump-sum compensations are payable by ZUS. They are financed from the accident fund within the Social Insurance Fund and from the state budget.

In 2018, 62.1 thousand compensations were paid from the Social Insurance Fund. The total payment amounted to PLN 323.1 million and the average compensation was PLN 5,206.13.