Workplace and Safety Insurance Board
The following legal information is for the general use only, and it is not applicable to specific situation(s). Each case is different, and these are some real-life examples. Should you have any question regarding to WSIB matters, you can contact Trustworthy Legal Services directly for further information and for professional legal advice.
Further details can be referred to www.wsib.on.ca.
The following are the steps required if you have encountered workplace injury as a general worker:
- 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 three calendar days after learning about it. If not, you have to report your injury to the WSIB directly. All forms identified below can be found on WSIB website.
- Complete, sign and return a Worker's Report of injury/Disease (Form 6) 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 benefits within six-months of the date of a work-related injury or illness.
- Keep notes on medical appointments, treatments, medication, tests and surgeries. [Additional information: 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 dates and conversations.
- Cooperate with employer and WSIB for return to work or modified work
- Communicate with the employer and WSIB if there is any significant change in the status of your claim and your eligibility for WSIB benefits before or/and after the return to work.
- To appeal all decisions within the time limited set by the WSIB.
Who is eligible for WSIB insurance benefits? (these are main areas that are eligible, and/or other profession may be eligible can be referred to the WSIB website for further information)
- Anyone has a worker-employer relationship with an employer or self-employed entrepreneur covered by the WSIB,
- Anyone with an injury/ illness directly related to your work,
- By promptly filing a claim with the WSIB and providing consent to the release of functional abilities information to your employer and WSIB by the health care practitioner,
- By providing all relevant information requested by the WSIB to help determining your benefits,
- By cooperating in health care and treatment,
- By cooperating in early and safe return to work, and
- By reporting to the WSIB any significant change in the status of your claim and eligibility for WSIB insurance benefits.
Trustworthy Legal Services handles WSIB claims or appeals including but not limited to:
- Loss of Earning (LOE)
- Health care and medical cost
- Drug Benefit Program
- Non-Economic Loss Benefit (NEL)
- Loss of Retirement Income Benefit (LRI)
- Future Economic Loss Benefit (FEL)
- Return to Work & Work Reintegration