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What Injury Benefit is

It is a payment made to you if you are unfit for work due to:

  • an accident at work
  • an accident while travelling (on a continuous journey) to or from work
  • a disease that you contract in the course of your employment or due to the work you do, known as an occupational disease

How to qualify

To qualify, you must be unfit for work for more than six days (excluding Sundays or paid holiday leave).

When the accident happened, or the occupational disease was contracted, you must have been employed under any of the contracts of service or apprenticeships that are insurable at social insurance (PRSI) classes A, D, J or M.

However, even if you are unfit for work for six days or less you can still register a claim as evidence that an occupational accident occurred. This safeguards your future rights to benefit under the Occupational Injuries Benefit Scheme because an illness or disablement can develop at a later date.

Rates of payment

    Weekly rate -
    Personal rate €203.00 -
    Increase for a qualified adult €134.70 -
    Increase for a qualified child Under 12 Over 12
    Full-rate €36.00 €40.00
    Half-rate €18.00 €20.00

Qualified adult means that your spouse’s or partner’s income is below a certain level and you receive an increase in your payment for them.

Increase for a qualified child

To avail of this your child must:

  • live with you, in the State
  • be the correct age for the payment you are claiming
  • not be in legal custody

Depending on your circumstances, some or all of your Injury Benefit payment may be liable to income tax. Tax is not charged on increases paid for any dependent children.

The department pays Injury Benefit without deducting tax. The department does, however, notify Revenue of the taxable amount of Injury Benefit to be taken into account for income tax purposes. This means you do not have to do anything for the correct tax to be paid.

Information about the taxation of social welfare payments is available from Revenue and on the Jobs and Pensions page of the Revenue website www.revenue.ie.

Social insurance (PRSI) and USC are not charged on Illness Benefit payments


You should apply for Injury Benefit within 6 weeks of becoming ill, otherwise you may lose this benefit. Claims for Injury Benefit are normally made on form IB1 (application form for Illness Benefit and Injury Benefit) and accompanying ‘Certificate of Incapacity for Work’ which you get can from your doctor.

A ‘Certificate of Incapacity for Work’ can be provided in paper form (purple coloured certificate) or, in some practices, this can be completed and submitted online by the doctor. Where the doctor has completed an ‘Online Certificate of Incapacity for Work’, the doctor will provide the customer with a receipt for your own/employer’s records.

Your last 'Certificate of Incapacity for Work’ should be marked as final by your doctor before you go back to work. If it is not, you should notify the department by email at ClosemyIBclaim@welfare.ie or using the phone numbers at the bottom of this page.

The claim form and ‘Certificate of Incapacity for Work’ (if ‘Online Certificate of Incapacity for Work’ has not been submitted by a doctor) should be submitted to:

Injury Benefit Section

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, PO Box 1650, Dublin, Dublin 1

Operational Guidelines

Operational guidelines describe the processes and procedures that staff in the department follow when carrying out their work.