UAE Labour Law: How many months’ salary do you get for office injuries?

How many months’ salary do you get for office injuries?

Law says employer shall pay for worker’s medical bills, including cost of transport for hospital While you’re at work, it is the duty of your employer to provide a safe work environment, to protect you from health and safety issues, and explain all the hazards that you should be aware of.

Most employers follow the guidelines that ensure the safety of the workers and the country’s Labour Law clearly lists the occupational injuries against which the worker is legally protected, the duties of the employer and the rights of the employees in this case.

According to Article 142 of the Law, if the worker contracts any of the listed occupational injuries or diseases, the employer should notify the incident immediately to the police and to the Labour Department or a branch within whose jurisdiction the work place is located.

Will the employer pay the worker’s medical bills?

Yes, the law clearly stipulates that in such cases, the employer is bound to pay the cost of the treatment of the worker in a governmental or private local medical centre until his recovery or disability is proven.This will include costs of hospitalization/ sanatorium, surgeries, X-Rays and medical analyses, medicines and rehabilitation equipment, and the supply of artificial limbs and other prosthetic appliances when disability is established. The employer shall also pay the worker the cost of transport required due to the treatment and visits to the hospital.

How much money will the worker get as compensation?

If the worker is unable to perform his duties at work, the employer, by law, has to pay him compensation. This is set as an allowance that is equal to a full wage for the entire period of treatment, or for a period of six months, whichever is shorter.

“Should the duration last for more than six months, the allowance shall be reduced by half and such for the following six months or until the worker fully recovers, is declared disabled, or dies, whichever occurs first,” states Article 145 of the Law.

This allowance is calculated on the basis of the last wage due to monthly, weekly, daily and hourly-paid workers, and on the basis of the average daily wage.

Compensation in case of death.

If the worker succumbs to his injuries, his family members are entitled to a compensation. This is equal to the basic wage of the worker for 24 months, provided that the amount of compensation is not less than Dh18,000 or more than Dh35,000.

“The amount of compensation shall be calculated on the basis of the last wage received by the worker prior to his death. The compensation shall be distributed among the beneficiaries of the deceased worker,” as per Article 149.

Monies payable in case of disability

The amount of compensation due to the worker in case of permanent total disability shall be equal to the amount due in the event of his death.

When will the worker not be paid?

The injured worker is not entitled to a compensation for the injury or disability not causing death, if it is proven that he deliberately caused the accident leading to his injury.The worker will also be denied compensation if he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol or intentionally breached the safety instructions posted by the employer at his workplace.

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