Compensation Related to Accident at Work or Occupational Disease

The obligation to pay compensation lies with the employer or its legal successor.

VSAA shall take over compensation payments from the employer, if:

  • the employer’s operations are terminated and the compensation amount is paid for three years in advance to the state special social insurance budget;
  • the employer is declared insolvent and the compensation amount is paid for four years in advance to the state special social insurance budget;
  • the court establishes a legal fact that the employer who is responsible for the work injury does not exist (has been removed from the Register of Enterprises).

Damages are calculated and paid in accordance with Cabinet Regulation No. 378 of 23 August 2001 Procedures for the Calculation, Funding and Payment of Work Injury Compensation.

The benefits’ claiming rules

Documents to be submitted when applying for compensation:

  • application for the compensation;
  • a statement on the accident at work or an opinion issued by a medical commission on the occupational disease diagnosis;
  • an extract from the Act on the Loss of Working Ability Percentages from the State Medical Commission for the Assessment of Health Condition and Working Ability;
  • disability certificate;
  • a document attesting to the fact that the employer does not exist (a statement from the Register of Enterprises, a copy of the court decision).

If compensation is requested by a family member in case of death of a breadwinner, the following documents must be submitted:

  • application for the compensation;
  • a statement on the accident at work or an opinion issued by a medical commission on the occupational disease diagnosis;
  • treating physician’s statement regarding the connection between the cause of death and the work accident or occupational disease;
  • documents attesting to the fact that the employer does not exist (a statement from the Register of Enterprises, a copy of the court decision).

An application you can submit in one of the divisions of the State Social Insurance Agency (SSIA):

  • personally;
  • sent by post or submit by a notary authorized person’s intermediation.

When applying for the allowance by post application form in the webpage of the State Social Insurance Agency www.vsaa.gov.lv can be used or a free text application.

By signing the application, the person requesting the benefit confirms that the information provided in the application is accurate.

The allowance may be requested through an authorised person, provided that the representation rights have been granted in accordance with Article 38 Paragraph one of the Administrative Procedure Law. Representation of a natural person shall be drawn up as a notarised power of attorney, or a natural person may authorise his or her representative at the VSAA office, if both the representative and the authorising person are present.

In case of the company’s liquidation or insolvency, all documents related to the compensation of damages shall be submitted to VSAA by the employer or the insolvent company’s administrator after transferring the damage compensation amount to the special insurance budget.

The rates of the benefits

The amount of compensation will depend on the calculated disability pension. If only a loss of working capacity percentage has been determined without assigning disability, the amount of compensation will depend on the amount of the state social security benefit.

The amount of compensation to a dependent will depend on the size of the survivor’s pension.

Receipt of the benefit

Compensation of damages due to an accident at work or an occupational disease (until 01.01.1997) may be received:

  • by transferring it to the beneficiary’s account in a credit institution or Postal Accounting System (PAS);
  • by delivering it to the beneficiary’s home (home delivery is subject to a fee, currently it is EUR 1,74).

Important!

Compensation of damages shall not be paid to persons whose loss of working ability is determined from 10% to 24%.

Payment of compensation shall be suspended for the time period, during which the beneficiary receives unemployment benefits.

Published date: [03.12.2017]