Compensation benefits

The figures of the year 2020 are strongly influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2020, the accident insurance institutions responsible for the industrial and public sectors paid compensation amounting to 10.690 billion euro following insurance claims. These payments encompassed services, cash payments and payments in kind to victims of accidents and occupational disease and to surviving dependants.

4.666 billion euro were paid for curative treatment and for medical, occupational and social rehabilitation measures. This figure was 0.9 % higher than in the previous year. Further 6.024 billion euro (+ 1.8 %) were paid in the form of pensions, lump-sum benefits, allowances and similar expenditure.

Accident insurance in industrial and public sector
2019 2020 Change in %
Compensation benefits, total 10,544,580,207 10,689,520,287 + 1.37
Of which:
Curative treatment, rehabilitation 4,626,097,915 4,665,583,898 + 0.85
Financial compensation 5,918,482,292 6,023,936,390 + 1.78


In the area of pupil accident insurance, compensation payments totaling a further 511 million euro were made in 2020 (- 11.9 %). Of this, 373 million euro were accounted for by curative treatment and rehabilitation measures and 138 million euro by pensions and similar payments.

Pupil accident insurance
2019 2020 Change in %
Compensation benefits, total 579,978,735 510,943,330 - 11.90
Of which:
Curative treatment, rehabilitation 449,492,233 373,344,406 - 16.94
Financial compensation 130,486,502 137,598,923 + 5.45

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