Employment Disputes
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11. If I cannot settle the work injury compensation matters with my employer amicably, then what is the time limit for bringing my case to the Court?

Section 14(1) of the ECO stipulates that an application to the Court for employees' compensation must be made within 24 months from the date of the accident that causes the injury. Therefore, if a case cannot be settled between the employer and the employee within a certain period, the employee concerned should contact the Employees' Compensation Division of the Labour Department (telephone hotline: 27171771; e-mail: enquiry@labour.gov.hk) as soon as possible. Staff of the Division will either refer the employee to the Legal Aid Department for further assistance, or assist the employee in registering a claim with the District Court or the Small Claims Tribunal.

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