In the previous article "WSIB Series (Part 1): How much do you know about WSIB?" published on June 4, 2015, it has already mentioned about the eligibility of WSIB benefits and the entitlement coverage for WSIB benefits, when workers get job-related injuries in the workplace.
The Part 2 of the WSIB series focuses on the proper steps of reporting to WSIB and supporting documents, when the employee unfortunately gets injured at work as follows:
- Get immediate and proper medical care/treatment;
- Report your injury to the supervisor or employer immediately;
- Check whether the employer reported your injury to WSIB within 3 calendar days after learning about it. If not, you have to report your injury to the WSIB directly;
- Complete, sign and return a Worker's Report of injury/Disease (Form 6) to the WSIB;
- Employer's Report of Injury/Disease (Form 7) is required to be completed, and sent by your employer to the WSIB;
- Health Professional's Report (Form 8) is required to be submitted by your health practitioner to the WSIB;
- Make a request for health-care practitioner to complete Functional Abilities Form (FAF) and give consent for the release of the functional abilities information to the employer and WSIB, for the purpose of planning an early and safe return to work;
- Apply for the benefits within 6 months of the date of a work-related injury or illness;
- Keep notes on medical appointments, treatments, medication, tests and surgeries [Note: it is advisable to inform the doctor about the nature of your job];
- Contact your employer as soon as possible for your potential return to work or modified work after the initial health-care treatment;
- Establish regular contact with your employer and keep records of all contact date and conversation;
- Cooperate with employers and WSIB if there is any significant change in the status of your claim and your eligibility of WSIB benefits before or/and after the return to work;
- To appeal all decisions within the time limited set by the WSIB.
Remember, the worker has to apply for WSIB benefits within 6 months from the date of a work-related injury. If the injured worker is not protected under the coverage of WSIB or company's insurance, he/she can file a personal injury lawsuit within 2 years from the date of a work-related injury, if he/she believes that the injury is completely or partially resulted from negligence caused by the employer.
Disclaimer: This information is not intended to be construed as a legal advice, but strictly for information only in this entire website. Please contact Trustworthy Legal Service for your independent legal advice in your particular situation. The first consultation is also required prior to my retainer of your case.
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