There are three types of relief which may be available to compensate an employee who is unable to work due to an injury in the work place. These depend on the circumstances in which the injury is received, and the seriousness of the injury. The compensation will also go towards covering any specific economic loss or damage suffered. The forms of relief are:
- workers' compensation benefits;
- common law claims against a third party; and
- social security payments.
An employee will only be able to keep one form of benefit and will have to refund (with certain very limited exceptions) any other benefits which were received.
Common law claims against employers have effectively been abolished and the chapter discusses briefly various claims that may be made.
For the circumstances in which social security benefits are paid, see PENSIONS, ALLOWANCES AND PAYMENTS.
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