Medical Aid for COIDA/WCA when claiming for injuries on duty
When claiming for injuries on duties, it is imperative that employers are familiar with the process involved with medical aid for COIDA/WCA, ensuring that they cannot be held liable for the medical costs involved with treatment of injured employees.
The Compensation Fund is administered by the Department of Labour in South Africa, also referred to as DOL, with the fund providing employees who are injured at work, or who become sick from diseases contracted at work, or who die as result of either, with compensation.
Headquartered in Pretoria, South Africa, the Compensation Fund is covered by the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act (1993) as well as the Compensation Fund for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Amendment Act (1997).
Further changes to the law which governs the Compensation Fund were adopted in 2020, ensuring that casual workers are also covered by this law.
Compensation may only be claimed by an employee should the injury or occupational illness has been assessed and declared as either ‘permanent disablement’, ‘temporary disablement’, or ‘temporary total disablement’.
According to law, all employers must register with the Compensation Fund and pay an annual assessment fee. The registration must include all employees on the payroll of the employer.
Employers are responsible for paying the Compensation Fund and therefore, employers may not deduct any fees from their employees to pay the Fund.
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