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Did you know: COID isn't the only one that could be liable for your employee's injury compensation?

by , 30 September 2014
If your employee has an injury at work, he's entitled to compensation. But the question is who gives him that compensation?

You may assume this responsibility always comes down to COID. But that's not the case.

After all, if the Compensation Commissioner rejects your employee's claim, it doesn't mean he's no longer entitled to his compensation.

To ensure your employee always gets his compensation, we're revealing the three people that might have to pay for it...


These three people may have to hand out your employee's compensation 

According to Section 29 of COIDA, 'if your employee is entitled to compensation, the Compensation Commissioner or you, the employer or a mutual association will be liable for paying compensation to your employee'.
The person who'll pay for your employee's injury depends on whether the Commissioner approves or rejects the claim. 
If he approves the claim, COID will pay the compensation. But, if he rejects it, this could fall on your shoulder.
Your employee can take you to court for compensation for his injuries if COID rejects his claim.  
But don't worry, this isn't always the case. After all, COID isn't the only organisation that pays employee's injury compensation.
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Your employee can also get compensation from a mutual association

Section 29 of COIDA also refers to a 'mutual association'. This simply means a similar compensation organisation. For example, employees in the armed or police forces have to claim from such an association because COID doesn't cover them
Your employee's ability to claim from a mutual association depends on the type of work he does and how COID deals with it. 
At the end of the day though, the buck stops with you. This is because your employee can always claim damages from you in court if the other sources of compensation rejected his claim. 
Now you know who must pay your employee's compensation, ensure you claim for it correctly so it never gets rejected, leaving you to foot the bill. 

PS: We strongly recommend you check out the COID Compliance Guide. It has everything you need to fully comply with the COID Act.

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