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Occupational Disease

Occupational Disease is an acute or chronic health disorder of an employee caused by one or more harmful and/or dangerous factors of the work environment, recognized as an Occupational Disease in accordance with the established procedure.

The Occupational Disease must be investigated in accordance with the Regulations on the Investigation and Accounting of Occupational Diseases and the list of Occupational Diseases approved by the Government, and the Occupational Disease Investigation Act and the Occupational Disease Approval Act must be drawn up.

 

If you suspect you have an Occupational Disease:

  • Talk to your doctor.
  • If your doctor suspects that your cause of illness may be work-related, he or she should refer you to an Occupational doctor. You must inform your employer.
  • The Occupational doctor, after assessing your health condition and suspecting an Occupational Disease, informs the territorial division of the State Labor Inspectorate (hereinafter - SLI).
  • After inspecting the causes of the suspected Occupational Disease, the SLI inspector fills in the Occupational Disease Investigation Report.
  • The Occupational physician, after examining and evaluating your health condition and the data provided in the Occupational Disease Investigation Report, determines the diagnosis (s) of the Occupational Disease or does not establish them and draws up an Occupational Disease Confirmation Report.
  • If you do not agree with the Occupational Disease Confirmation Act, you can appeal to the Central Commission of Occupational Medicine Experts no later than within 2 months of receiving the Occupational Disease Confirmation Act.
  • SLI “Sodra” submits the Occupational Disease Investigation Report and the Occupational Disease Confirmation Report.
  • Inform your doctor that you have been diagnosed with an Occupational Disease, and he or she will indicate that you are unable to work due to an Occupational Disease by issuing an electronic certificate of incapacity for work.

Occupational Diseases established for persons are recognized as insured events when it is established that the victims were insured for accidents at work and Occupational Diseases by the social insurance of Occupational Diseases after 1 January, 2000.

If persons after 1 January, 2000 were not covered by the social insurance for accidents at work and Occupational Diseases, the Occupational Diseases established for them are recognized as non-insured events.

Decisions on the recognition of established Occupational Diseases as insured or non-insured events are made by the territorial divisions of "Sodra".

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Sickness benefit must be applied for no later than 3 years after the end of temporary incapacity for work due to an Occupational Disease.

For one-time compensation for incapacity for work - not later than within 3 years from the day when the Disability and Working Capacity Assessment Office (hereinafter - DWCAO) establishes incapacity for work due to an insured event.

For periodic compensation for incapacity for work - no later than within 3 years from the date when the DWCAO determines the incapacity for work due to an insured event. If the application is made after 3 years, the compensation for the previous time is paid for 12 months, counting back from the date of application.

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Benefits may be granted if:

  • You have been covered by the Social Insurance for Accidents at Work and Occupational Diseases and your Occupational Disease has been recognized as an insured event. This decision is made by “Sodra” based on the Occupational Disease Investigation Report completed by the SLI inspector and the Occupational Disease Confirmation Act signed by the Occupational physician and other documents.
  • You became temporarily incapacitated for work due to an insured event and you were issued a certificate of incapacity for work. In addition, due to temporary incapacity for work, you have lost insured income, "Sodra" informs your employer by submitting a Notice of Benefit (NP-SD2).
  • You lost part of your ability to work as a result of the insured event and the DWCAO has determined the percentage of your incapacity for work and this has been confirmed by a certificate of the level of work capacity due to an accident at work or an established Occupational Disease (Form DLN-2).

 

The following benefits may be granted only if the Occupational Disease is recognized as an insured event:

  • if a person has become temporarily incapacitated for work due to an Occupational Disease recognized as an insured event, a benefit for sickness due to an established Occupational Disease (hereinafter - sickness benefit) is granted;
  • if a person has lost part of his or her ability to work due to an Occupational Disease recognized as an insured event and a percentage of incapacity for work is determined for him or her, one-time or periodic compensation for incapacity for work is granted.
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A report on the investigation of the causes of an Occupational Disease and a certificate of confirmation of an Occupational Disease must be submitted to "Sodra".

Sickness benefit, one-time or periodic compensation for incapacity for work must be the subject of a separate application for each benefit.

Important! If you have applied for sickness benefit, it is not necessary to apply for sickness benefit due to an Occupational Disease recognized as an insured event. Sickness benefit will be granted on an indefinite application.

 

If you have not submitted an application, you can do so by following means:

  • Online by logging in to your personal “Sodra” account for a resident.
  • By post - the application form can be downloaded here - Forms and Templates (lithuanian). When sending an application by post, a copy of an identity document certified in accordance with the procedure established by law (e.g. a notary) must be attached.
  • Upon arrival at the “Sodra” branch, the application will be filled in and submitted to you by the employee for signing. Upon arrival you:
    • you must have an identity document (passport, identity card, residence permit in Lithuania);
    • and you need to know the details of the personal account to which the benefit will be transferred. 

You can apply for one-time or periodic compensation for incapacity for work if the DWCAO has determined and confirmed the percentage of incapacity for work for you.

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If an Occupational Disease is recognized as an insured event, a sickness benefit in the amount of 77.58 per cent of your compensatory salary (work salary) is paid.

Compensatory earnings are calculated based on your insured income (work salary) during the 3 consecutive calendar months preceding the previous calendar month before the month in which the temporary incapacity for work was established.

For example, you became temporarily incapacitated for work (issued with an incapacity for work certificate) due to an Occupational Disease in January 2022, therefore the compensatory earnings for sickness benefit will be calculated based on your income in September-November 2021.

The monthly compensatory earnings may not exceed 2 national average monthly salaries or be less than 15 percent of the national average monthly salaries, valid in the previous calendar quarter before the month in which the temporary incapacity for work was determined.

Sickness benefit is paid for working days according to the calendar, applying a 5-day working week.

Sickness benefit from “Sodra” funds is paid for the entire period of incapacity for work, confirmed by a certificate of incapacity for work, i.e. from the first day of temporary incapacity for work until the day of recovery of incapacity for work or determination of the level of incapacity for work.

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The level of incapacity for work and the percentage of incapacity for work are determined by the DWCAO.

One-time compensation for incapacity for work is granted if the DWCAO has determined that you have lost up to 29 percent (inclusive) of incapacity for work due to the insured event.

The one-time benefit is calculated based on your insured income (work salary) for the 12 calendar months preceding the previous calendar month before the month in which the Occupational Disease was diagnosed.

For example, the DWCAO has determined that you have lost 20 percent of your ability to work due to an Occupational Disease recognized as an insured event in November 2021 (DWCAO certificate), therefor the compensation will be calculated based on your income from October 2020 to September 2021.

The amount of the one-time compensation depends on your insured income (work salary), the amount of incapacity for work set by the DWCAO and their validity period (valid for half a year, a year or indefinitely).

 

Periodic compensation for incapacity for work is granted if the DWCAO has determined that you have lost 30 or more percent of your ability to work due to an insured event.

Periodic compensation is calculated as the product of the incapacity for work coefficient (d), the compensation coefficient (k) and 77.58 percent of the national average salary (D) for the month in which the compensation is paid, i.e. according to the formula 0.5 x d x k x 0.7758 x D.

Periodic incapacity benefit is paid monthly for the previous month.

Important! If you have lost 45 or more percent of your ability to work due to an insured event (DWCAO certificate) and you are also paid a disability pension due to this event, the sickness benefit will be deducted from the granted sickness benefit and only the difference will be paid. 

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The amounts of benefits due to you will be transferred to your personal account with a credit or payment institution.

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Sickness benefit is paid from the first day of temporary incapacity for work until the day of recovery of incapacity for work or until the date of determination of the level of incapacity for work.

Periodic incapacity compensation is paid for the period of incapacity for work confirmed by the DWCAO Certificate of Incapacity for Work due to an Accident at Work or Occupational Disease (Form DLN-2).

Sickness benefit is paid based on an incapacity certificate for working days according to the calendar, applying a 5-day working week.

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Update date: 2021-12-31
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