What is the work injury benefit in Israel?
Hebrew: זכויות עובדים תאונת עבודה
Has your employer outlined all safety regulations?
Your employer is obligated to ensure reasonable safety and health standards in your workplace. Your employer must follow all safety regulations for the handling of hazardous equipment and chemicals or toxic materials.
Your employer must make all employees aware of all safety regulations. They must also provide clear information that will help prevent work related injuries and enforce safety regulations and they must make sure that this information is clearly understood by you.
Work injury insurance is designed to compensate the insured person who is injured at work or who is on his/her way to work or on his/her way back from work. The injured person is entitled to receive compensation for the loss of income for the period of time after his/her injury, during which he/she is unable to work. The National Insurance Institute – Bituach Leumi, pays an injury allowance for a period of up to three months.
If the injured person remains disabled as a result of the injury, he is entitled to a special grant or pension as decided by a medical committee before which he must appear with proof of his injuries, diagnosis and prognosis.
An employee is entitled to receive medical treatment for his work injury, free of charge.
If the injured person dies as a result of the work injury, his/her dependent family members may receive a pension or grant from the National Insurance Institute.
The National Insurance Institute lays out all eligibility requirements. You must meet their requirements in order to receive any compensation from them.
In the case of a car accident, you must collect all personal details of the driver/drivers and the vehicle/vehicles. Also get personal details of people who witnessed the accident. Take photographs and record road conditions or details of hazards that may have contributed to the accident.
Make sure you have all hospital records, release forms, medical certificates, invoices relating to your work injury etc. Never part with the original documents – only provide copies to the relevant bodies.
You should consult with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after your accident. The attorney will guide you through the process.
Do not discuss your accident with the insurance company or your employer until you have consulted with your attorney.