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What can be claimed under WICA?

Three compensation benefits can be claimed:

Medical leave wages 

 Medical leave wages
  Outpatient medical leave (MC)
Hospitalisation leave
Full pay
Up to 14 days
Up to 60 days
2/3 pay
15th day onwards, up to 1 year from accident
61st day onwards, up to 1 year from accident
Things to note about medical leave wages:

  1. Computed based on worker’s Average Monthly Earnings (AME) i.e. average earnings over last 12 months before the accident, including overtime pay, but excluding transport allowance and reimbursement.
  2. Payable only for working days that are covered by doctor-granted MC/hospitalisation leave.
  3. No medical leave wages payable on non-working days e.g. rest day.
  4. Employers are required to make payment no later than the worker’s usual pay day.

Medical expenses

  • Payable by employer, up to maximum limits*, as long as treatment is considered necessary by a Singapore-registered doctor.
  • Medical expenses include cost of medical consultation fees, ward charges, treatment, medical report fees, charges in connection with an emergency medical transport for the conveyance of an employee to receive medical treatment, charges for physiotherapy, occupational and speech therapy, the cost of medicines, artificial limbs and surgical appliances.
 Maximum limits
Accidents happened before 1 June 2012
Accidents happened on and after 1 June 2012 [NEW]
Up to $25,000 or 1 year from date of accident, whichever is reached first
Up to $30,000 or 1 year from date of accident, whichever is reached first
* If the medical bills way exceed the maximum limits for medical expenses under WICA, the employee may wish to consider whether it is more favourable for him to file a civil suit instead.

Lump sum compensation for permanent incapacity or death

 Compensation for permanent incapacity and death

Permanent Incapacity Compensation
Death Compensation
When is it payable? When injury or illness has permanent effects on the employee’s ability to work
When injury caused death of employee
Formula for computing compensation
Amount payable = [employee's Average Monthly Earnings] x [age multiplying factor] x [% permanent incapacity]1 
Amount payable = [employee's Average Monthly Earnings] x [age multiplying factor]
Compensation is payable to
Injured employee
Dependants of deceased employee
Amount is subjected to the below limits:
For accidents that happened before 1 Jun 2012
For accidents that happened on and after 1 Jun 2012 [NEW]
For accidents that happened before 1 Jun 2012
 For accidents that happened on and after 1 Jun 2012 [NEW]
Minimum
$60,000 x % PI
$73,000 x % PI
$47,000
$57,000
Maximum2
$180,000 x % PI
$218,000 x % PI
$140,000
$170,000
Notes:
Click here to access the online tool (WIC Self Assessment Tool) for calculating the various compensation benefits, including Average Monthly Earnings.
Last updated on 18 June 2014 09:55:06