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How Safety Consulting Company can Help You in WSIB Claim?

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  • WSIB stands for Workplace safety & Insurance Board. This is an Ontario government agency that used to be called the Workers Compensation Board. Even to this current date many people succumb to their injuries or illness at their respective workplaces; this is especially necessary in high risk work environments. Thus this agency was established, the WSIB.
  • WSIB is an agency that helps and protects workers; especially those who work in high risk environments. It makes sure the workers receive good compensation in case of an accident at the workplace. In addition to which the worker is also liable to benefits for loss of earnings due to the accident as per the Ontario Workplace safety and Insurance Act.
  • In fact the employer contributes towards an insurance fund which is usually province wide and their premiums are usually based on the employer’s payroll and their safety history as well.
  • The way this works is that the injured worker is compensated by the WSIB on a no fault basis; in the sense compensation is paid no matter who’s fault it is. In addition to which the employer is shielded from other liabilities. This effectively means that the employer cannot be sued for negligence.

Working of WSIB:

The working of the WSIB is quite straight forward as explained in slightly more detail here:

  • The employers contribute to a province wide insurance fund which may differ depending on the type of company. For example if it is a mining company the contribution would be slightly higher as compared to a restaurant.
  • In case of an incident the compensation is paid to the worker no matter who’s fault it is. The employer too benefits from the deal since he is then shielded from liability of any kind.
  • In every incident the employer has the right to question the cause and place of the incident. The employer can very prove that the incident took place while the employee was not on the work premises if he has such information.
  • Both the WSIB and the employer work together towards getting the worker making sure the worker recovers fast and is able to go back to his regular duties. In some cases it is also necessary for the employer to accommodate the worker by assigning him simpler tasks.
  • The worker has additional rights, in the sense that if the claims for benefits are either rejected or stopped for some reason the worker has every right to contact the Union for assistance and advice.

Injury at work claim?

  • There are several procedures and routines that the worker should be aware of if they ever have the need to file a claim. To start with it is necessary to immediately notify the employer about the accident or occupational disease.
  • In case of an injury the employer will usually have a first aid kit that the worker can use however if further assistance was necessary the incident needs to be reported to the WSIB within three days.
  • Besides which the worker should obtain a professional health report from the doctor that he has treated him. Additionally he should also report it to the union or health and safety representative.

How Safety first Consulting can help you to file a WSIB Claims?

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Safety First Consulting has a paralegal team that provides complete WSIB claims management system. This system is designed to reduce and control an employer’s costs associated with workplace injuries and illnesses as well as provide benefit to the injured employees. The service includes the following:

  • Assistance with the completion of all WSIB claims forms.
  • To liaise with WSIB and health care practitioners.
  • Complete development and implementation of work reintegration program with modified work packages.
  • The monitoring and follow up of modified work progress.
  • Reviewing of the functional abilities.
  • Providing appropriate representation and the important meetings like the return to work meeting as well as work translation meetings with WSIB.
  • Plan for work reintegration and assistance.
  • Review of the second injury and enhancement fund (SIEF) cost relief.
  • Provides appropriate representation at WSIB and WSIAT appeal hearings.

Filing a WSIB claims is easier that you can imagine if you have followed all the necessary steps mentioned earlier.

  • The worker needs to complete and sign the Worker’s report of injury or disease. Such a WSIB forms can be obtained from the WSIB website. There is also the option of calling on the toll free number 1-800-387-0750 to get the form.
  • It is necessary that you give your doctor special permission to share information regarding the treatment or functional abilities the employer. This basically is information about the worker’s limitations due to the injury.
  • In general the worker cannot receive more than two weeks of benefit without actually agreeing to the release of information from the consulting doctor.
  • WSIB will provide a claim number once a claim is submitted which basically means that you claim is being processed.
  • If due to some reason the claim is rejected, the worker can appeal within six months of the WSIB’s decision.

Thus WSIB claims process is something that has been established by keeping both the employees and employers in mind.

There are several advantages of opting for Safety Consulting , the main advantage being that while you can be sure that your interest is safe with us you can be concentrating on new clients and the day to day business.

Safety First Consulting Professional Corporation is a licensed paralegal firm regulated by the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC). Our paralegal team provides a widespread WSIB claims Ontario management system that is designed to reduce and control an employer’s costs associated with workplace injuries and illnesses. Our pro-active program begins at the point of occurrence and continues to the final resolution of the claim with a rapid response.


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How to make wsib claim or appealing process?

Thinking about appealing?

WSIB (Workplace Safety and Insurance Board) is an independent trust agency that administers compensation for Ontario Workplaces. They provide wage loss benefits, medical coverage and even help getting back to work. What this means for the employer is that if an worker is injured while on the job then the employer need not worry about being sued by the worker.

As far as worker is concerned, if he is involved in a work related incident, WSIB can help them. They help the worker in many different ways like mentioned here:

  • Loss of earnings benefit.
  • Health Care costs coverage.
  • Supporting you while you are getting back to work.

All workers should be aware of the existence of WSIB, since it can come in handy in case of an injury. If you are confident that there is no chance you being a victim of a workplace incident than think again.

There is a risk of either an accident or illness as a result of a workplace incident in just about any profession. That said there are some professions that are riskier than others.

Constructions sites and mines are a few places that are highly risky. There are many fatalities every year in such places. In fact in a recent accident in a mine in Turkey more than 250 people were killed. This included workers from many different countries. This was as recent as the May of 2014.

Thus accidents at workplaces is a very real issue and it is important that you understand how to deal with such situations.

How do I file a WSIB claim?

Once an incident does take place at a workplace it should be reported immediately and the worker should seek medical attention right away. Additionally it is necessary to request the person treating your (Doctor) to send a Health Professional’s Report (Form 8) to the WSIB. In addition to this it is also a good practice to report the incident to the workers union or the supervisor.

Filing a WSIB Claims is easier than you think and is something that is mentioned here in depth. To start with it is necessary to fill in the Worker’s Report of an Injury or Disease (Form 6). This form is generally available from the WSIB website. You also have the option of calling their toll free number.

There are several conditions prior to obtaining the WSIB benefit that need to be fulfilled. For example it is a must to allow your doctor to release the information about your functional abilities to your employer. This is a report that contains information describing the level of injuries and to what extent they prevent you from performing several important tasks.

It in fact mentions what the injured worker cannot do (from the perspective of working for the company). If in case the Form 6 is not submitted, the worker is not likely to get benefits for more than 2 weeks.

It is also possible for the employer to file a Employer’s Report of Injury (Form 7), based on which WSIB will assign you a claim number and request you to submit Form 6. This form 6 is also available in the electronic form and is called the eform 6. It can be filled in on the WSIB website. However the electronic form must be printed once filled and a copy should be given to the employer.

What if my WSIB claim is denied?

There are many circumstances in which your WSIB benefit claim may be denied. But instead of jumping straight into the WSIB appeal process it is advisable to discuss the issue with the person who made the decision. It is likely that the out come of this health discussion goes in your favour and thus you can save a great deal of time and effort in this manner.

On the other hand if you do have to make an appeal in spite of discussion here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • WSIB has a set procedure to follow for the dispute process and can also guide the people that need assistance in this matter.
  • It is important that you ask about any doubts you have regarding the appeal and always maintain clear communication.
  • Do not waste a lot of time before deciding to make an appeal since there is a time limit to make an appeal as will be explained in the document sent you.
  • Include in your appeal a written explanation regarding your objection to the decision that has been made. This will help the everyone understand your concerns.

Appeals made by the employer:

Any WSIB decision can be appealed and even the employer can appeal this decision. In the case where the employer makes an appeal the worker will receive a Participant form (or procure one from WSIB) and submit it to WSIB to be a part of the appeal.

It is necessary that you submit the Participant form within 30 days to ensure that you receive notice of the proceedings and even an opportunity to participate in the appeal process.

Decision of the Appeal Resolution Officer:

The Appeals Services Division publishes the decision of the Appeal Resolution Officer on a website online. However in order to protect the privacy of workplace parties, the name of the worker, claim number, employer’s name and other important details are left out of the sheet published online.

Choosing Safety First Consulting to help you make the WSIB Appeals:

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As per the statistics released in 2012 approximately 4628 workers were killed while on the job. A more recent example is the accident that occurred in the mines in Turkey. This occurred in May 2014 and more than 250 people from many different countries were killed.

Safety First Consulting offers a wide range of services and is a licensed paralegal firm regulated by the Law Society of Upper Canada. They understand the WSIB process and the importance of keeping the costs involved for both the employers and employees(workers) low.

There point of involvement starts right after the occurrence of the incident or right when you need to make the appeal. From that point onwards till the resolution of the claim, Safety First is always with you, helping you out and furthermore providing quick response. As far as assistance with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal (WSIAT) is concerned, they provide full representation as well.

Safety First Consulting Professional Corporation is a licensed paralegal firm regulated by the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC). Our paralegal team provides a widespread WSIB claims Ontario management system that is designed to reduce and control an employer’s costs associated with workplace injuries and illnesses. Our pro-active program begins at the point of occurrence and continues to the final resolution of the claim with a rapid response.