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According to the Danish Labour Market Insurance (LMI), Covid-19 is, in principle, not a work injury. Infection with the corona-virus is generally not recognised as a work injury, states the Danish LMI.

However, infection with the Corono virus may in some cases, on a-case-to-case assessment, be recognized as a work injury – either a work accident or an occupational disease.

Normally, common vira like influenza are not recognised as a work injury, because the risk of being infected outside a work situation is considerable. Therefore, it is not likely that the infection is a consequence of the working conditions. This will also apply in most cases of Corona.

In order to recognise infection with Corona-virus as a work injury, it has to be rendered probable that individuals have been exposed to a specific infection in connection with work. It is also required that the diagnosis ‘corona-virus’ is made. A suspicion of covid-19 is not sufficient, underlines LMI.

All cases are estimated on a-case-to-case basis.

If a shipping company has an employee with suspected corona-virus, you only report it to the insurance company if 1) the diagnosis has been made, 2) it is probable that your employee has been infected in connection with work, 3) if compensation according to the Law is likely or the employee has been off sick more than 5 weeks.

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