More than five million Ontario workers in dozens of industries and occupations are insured under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act. The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is responsible for administering this Act. If you are an insured worker and you are injured at work, you are entitled to submit a claim for benefits through WSIB.
WSIB claims can be quite complex and involve the following:
- Loss of Earnings Benefits (LOE)
- Future Economic Loss Awards (FEL)
- Non-Economic Loss Awards (NEL)
- Repetitive Strain Injuries
- Initial Entitlement
- Return to Work (RTW) Work Reintegration (WR)
- Suitable and Available employment
- Labour Market Plans (LMR)
- Survivor Benefits
- Chronic Pain Claims
- Traumatic Stress Claims
- Secondary Depression Claim
When you are injured and in pain, doing anything other than focusing on your recovery can be challenging. However, in order to protect and maximize your potential benefits, it is critical that you follow these steps within the prescribed time frames if you have suffered a workplace injury:
- Report the injury to your employer
- Get immediate medical treatment and report it as a WSIB injury at an emergency room, a walk-in clinic or your family doctor
- Obtain the name, addresses and phone numbers of any witnesses
- Complete a Form 6
- Appeal all decisions within the applicable time limits
If you are injured in the workplace or are coping with a work-related illness, you need an experienced lawyer who has a thorough understanding of the procedures, policy, appeals and hearing processes involved with WSIB claims.
Van Dyke Law Office has been been assisting injured workers with their workplace injury claims for more than 25 years. If you need help, contact our office for a free consultation.