Work accident


Under the Employees’ Compensation Ordinance, an employer is liable to pay compensation to the employee if the employee was injured, dead, partially disabled or permanently disabled as a result of an accident arising out of and in the course of his or her employment. For example, an employer may be liable to pay compensation to an employee who fell from height at a construction site, and to an employee who suffered from a low back sprain while moving food in the kitchen.


In addition to compensation for work-related injuries, if the accident involves the negligence of a third party(ies), you may also seek compensation from the employer and / or the negligent party(ies) by commencing a common law action against them for loss and damage caused by their negligence. For example, if you are an employed driver and a traffic accident was caused by the reckless changing of lanes by the driver of another vehicle, you may recover compensation from the driver and/or owner of that vehicle in addition to seeking compensation for work-related injuries from your employer.