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Reporting an accident at work or school to the statutory accident insurance fund


As an entrepreneur or institution, you are required to report work accidents or accidents while travelling to or from work to the statutory accident insurance fund. This reporting obligation arises if the injured person is expected to be unfit for work for more than three days. For children, pupils and students, you must report each accident that requires medical treatment.

Once you have submitted your report, the statutory accident insurance fund assesses whether and to what extent the insurance cover applies, for example whether there is a link between the accident and the operating activity. It also automatically checks which services are to be provided.

By law, commercial trade associations are the competent bodies for all companies, institutions and freelancers. These are organised by industry. Regional accident insurance offices are the competent bodies for public companies, including for accidents involving students, for example.

Process flow

You can report a work accident or an accident while travelling to or from work online.

  • Complete the online form by answering the questions contained therein relating to the accident. If possible, you should have details about your competent accident insurance provider and your membership number ready. This will speed up the process for forwarding your report to the right accident insurance provider.
  • Your report will be processed as soon as your online form is received. Once you have completed the web form, you will receive a copy of the accident report for download and the contact details of your accident insurance provider.
  • The statutory accident insurance fund or the accident insurance office will then automatically check which services are to be provided. You will not need to submit a further application for this purpose.

Note: The injured person should consult an accident insurance consultant following the work accident. These consultants have specialist knowledge and experience in the field of accident and emergency medicine. Immediate medical assistance is of course crucial in an emergency and can be obtained from any doctor.

Who should I contact?

You can find your competent trade association or accident insurance office on the website of the German Statutory Accident Insurance Fund (DGUV).

Service number for providers of the German Statutory Accident Insurance Fund: 0800 6050404
Monday to Friday: between 8.00 and 18.00

The Infoline service can also be reached using the sign language telephone system: sip:dguv@gebaerdentelefon.dguv.de

If you are deaf or hearing-impaired, you may call the ISDN video telephone service: 0800 605041

Competent authority

Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
Wilhelmstraße 49
10117 Berlin

Fax: 030 18 527 2236
Email: info@bmas.bund.de

Requirements

  • Work accidents or accidents while travelling to or from work, as a result of which the injured person is expected to be unfit for work for more than 3 days
  • Accidents involving pupils or students or accidents at nurseries that require medical treatment

Which documents are required?

None

What are the fees?

None

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

You or your authorised representative must file the report within 3 days of the accident occurring.

Processing duration

N/A

Applications / forms

Forms: None
Can I file online? Yes
Do I need to file in writing? No
Do I need to file in person? No

What else should I know?

None

Technically approved by

Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

Professionally released on

22.12.2022

Author

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)