The health rights of the injured worker during work and the controls for issuing disability certificates

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The Comprehensive Social Health Insurance Law promulgated by Law No. 2 of 2018 defined the procedures to be followed in the event that the insured was injured during or because of work, and stipulated that in the event that the insured is injured while at work or in connection with it, the employer shall inform the Authority of the occurrence of the injury immediately after it occurs.

In this regard, Article (12) of the law stipulates that in the event that the insured is injured while at work or in connection with it, the employer is obligated to inform the authority of the occurrence of the injury as soon as it occurs in accordance with the procedures and timings and by using the forms approved by the minister in charge of social insurance in agreement with the minister concerned with health. The termination of the injured person’s service for any reason prevents his continued treatment from his injury.

If the injured worker is seconded, loaned, or on leave to work abroad, and if his secondment or secondment period has ended and he is still in a state of treatment, then the authority or the employer must refer him to the designated treatment agency to complete his treatment.

Whereas, Article (13) stipulates that the authority shall issue certificates of disability resulting from infection with an organic disease and its percentage, and certificates of disability resulting from infection with an occupational disease or other work injury and its percentage.

The authority is obligated to notify the injured of the end of treatment, of the disability he has left, if any, and its percentage. With an indication of the days of missed treatment, if any, all in accordance with the terms and conditions for which a decision is issued by the Minister in charge of health in agreement with the Minister in charge of Social Insurance.

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