DENMARK: faster processing of workers’ compensation claims

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New rules, which come into force on 1 July, are designed to give victims of accidents at work a quicker response to their claim for compensation. From now on, employers, doctors and local authorities will be liable to a fine if they fail to provide information within the statutory time limit, i.e. no later than 14 days after the first day of absence, if the accident has resulted in the employee being unable to work or absent from work after the day of the accident.

An accident can happen in a fraction of a second, but the victim may be informed very late if he or she is entitled to compensation. Today, in some cases, it can take up to 3 years to process a claim. With clear deadlines and the possibility of fines, the rules should enable Arbejdsmarkedets Erhvervssikring (AES) and the Danish Appeals Board to gather the necessary information more quickly. If the 14-day deadline is not met, a notification of the risk of a fine will be issued and a new 14-day deadline for replies will be set.

The new rules follow an agreement on an improved compensation system for accidents at work from September 2022.

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