Loss Of Earnings

If you are employed, the maximum we will pay you for lost earnings is:

  • for an absence from work of up to four hours 33.50
  • for an absence from work of over four hours 67.00

These payments are tax-free. To claim loss of earnings, you must get your employer to fill in this section of your claim after you have attended the Inquiry to confirm the amount of earnings lost.

Please note that you cannot claim compensation for your employer.

If you are self-employed, the maximum we will pay you for lost earnings is:

  • for an absence from work of up to four hours 42.95
  • for an absence from work of over four hours 85.90

These payments are taxable as business receipts. To claim loss of earnings, you must provide some proof of your self-employment such as a business card or letterhead with your name on it, the firm’s stamp, tax or VAT reference or an accountant’s letter. You may also have to provide proof of your lost earnings. We can decide to pay you the self-employed rate, but will not do so automatically.

Please see the Inquiry's Witness Expenses Claim Form, which may be downloaded or printed from this site.