If you have been injured at work, or developed a medical condition from work, there is some basic information you need to know.
The most important thing is to immediately report the incident to your employer and the WSIB and get medical treatment as soon as possible. There are strict time limits for filing a claim with the WSIB and the longer you delay, the more likely you will be denied WSIB benefits. According to WSIB policies and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act you must report an injury as soon as possible or at the latest within 6 months. Otherwise, you lose your right to make a claim for WSIB benefits. In recent months the WSIB has been denying benefits where injured workers have not sought treatment within a few days of the injury.
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Steps you should take following an injury:
- Report the injury to your employer even if you think you may get better with time.
- Get immediate medical treatment and report it as a WSIB injury at an emergency room, a walk-in clinic, your family doctor or a chiropractor.
- Obtain the name, addresses and phone numbers of any witnesses.
- Report the Injury to the WSIB by completing a Form 6. You can now do this online.
- Keep a journal of all your symptoms, medical appointments, tests and surgeries.
- Maintain a list of all the medication you must take.
- Keep in contact with your employer regarding modified duties. You have a duty to cooperate.
- Keep a diary of the conversations you have with your employer and the WSIB.
- If the accident employer doesn’t have modified work, look for work that fits your restrictions and skills and keep a list of your efforts.
- Cooperate with your employer and the WSIB.
- Have all Functional Abilities Forms completed within 1 week.
- Appeal all decisions within the time limits set out by the WSIB.
- If you are denied benefits, hire a lawyer.