Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion

Lithuania - Social security benefits in cases of accidents at work and occupational diseases

In what situation can I claim?

Social insurance contributions for employees to cover accidents at work and occupational diseases are made by employers. The self-employed can insure themselves against accidents at work and occupational diseases on a voluntary basis. Students at Career School, on work experience or in the military and those serving terms of imprisonment are insured by the State.

Decisions on entitlement to benefit t are made by the regional units of State Social Insurance Fund Board (SoDra) in the region where the person lives.

What conditions do I need to meet?

Sickness benefit because of an accident at work, while on the way to or from work or because of an occupational disease is payable in the event of:

  • an accident at work  where an employee has suffered damage to their her health and is unable to work for one or more;
  • an accident on the way to or from work;

Lump-sum incapacity benefit (vienkartinė netekto darbingumo kompensacija) is payable to those insured who lose less than 30% of their capacity to work.

Periodic incapacity benefit (periodinė netekto darbingumo kompensacija) is payable to those insured who lose 30% or more of their capacity to work.

Lump-sum insurance payment on the death of an insured person (vienkartinė draudimo išmoka apdraustajam mirus) is made to the family of an insured person who has died either through an accident at work, on the way to or from work, or from an acute occupational disease, up to 60 times the national monthly wage.

Periodic insurance payments on the death of an insured person (periodinė draudimo išmoka apdraustajam mirus) through an accident at work, while on the way to or from work, or from an acute occupational disease, are made to the family members of the insured and calculated according to an established formula.

What am I entitled to and how can I claim?

Benefits that may be allocated in the event of an accident at work are as follows:

  • sickness benefit because of an accident at work, while on the way to or from work or because of an occupational disease;
  • lump-sum compensation for the loss of capacity to work;
  • periodic compensation for the loss of capacity to work;
  • where someone insured has died as a result of an accident at work, while on the way to or from work or from an acute recognised occupational disease, family members are paid a lump-sum benefit;
  • where someone insured person has died as a result of an accident at work, while on the way to or from work or from a severe recognised occupational illness, family members or dependents receive periodic payments of benefit calculated according to a formula.

Sickness benefit amounts to 100% of earnings and is paid for the total duration of a person's illness.

Payments for accidents at work and occupational diseases that are made from the State Social Insurance Fund (SoDra) budget should be applied for through the SoDra district office.

Jargon busters

  • Insured income - a person's total income from which state social security contributions are paid, with calculations made for payment of benefits in respect of sickness, maternity, paternity, childcare, vocational rehabilitation, illness caused by accidents at work and occupational diseases, as well as for state social security payments for unemployment.
  • SoDra - The State Social Insurance Fund Board under the Ministry of Social Security and Labour, the principal body that organises social security.

Forms you may need to fill in

Applications for payment submitted for each type of benefit

Know your rights

These links will help you find out what your rights are. These are not European Commission websites and may not necessarily reflect the views of the Commission:

European Commission publications and websites:

Who do you need to contact?

By telephoning the SoDra information centre on 1883 or on +370 52500883 you can find out all about benefits.

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