WCB BENEFITS RECOVERY PROGRAM

For many years, the lawyers at Goldford Law Office have represented injured workers, and only injured workers, in their dealings with the WCB.

Other injury lawyers regularly ask us to handle their clients’ WCB matters.

Did you know that the WCB was founded on principles meant to make it quicker and easier for those people injured at work to get an income to support themselves and their families? Known as the Meredith principles, Workers Compensation Law was enacted to give those who are hurt, an income, help with medical care and services to live at home and rehabilitate themselves as much as possible and vocational assistance to get back to work.

Worker’s Compensation is not Welfare. Employers pay premiums just like with any insurance policy. You are entitled to coverage when you are hurt at work.

Along with Injured Workers groups and many individual claimants, in 2000 Goldford Law Office met with and made representations to the WORKERS’ COMPENSATION BOARD APPEALS SYSTEM REVIEW COMMITTEE, headed by Mr. Justice Samuel Friedman, QC in hopes that the rules would be changed to ensure each and every Claimant is treated fairly and given the benefits and support required while recovering and the vocational help needed to return to as productive a work life as possible.

In November, 2000, the COMMITTEE filed its Final Report with the Provincial Government in which it reached the following conclusion –

”Each Committee member has expressed concern about what seems to be a well-       entrenched culture of denial within the WCB and one which treats many long-term disability claimants with suspicion. We feel quite confident that, upon implementation of our recommendations, an appellant will receive fairer treatment and over time the present culture will transform into something more palatable.”

If you are reading this, it is probably because your treatment has been unfair and the support you expected from the WCB is missing.

In fact, we suspect you can’t be sure you know what you are entitled to and should have been receiving since your injury. Ask yourself, am I being compensated for all of my losses?

Even if you know what you are entitled to, you may be at a loss as to what you can and should be doing to convince the Board to support you.

We have assisted thousands to understand their rights and given them specific advice on how to get help, receive benefits and services from the Board.

We have represented hundreds of clients and advocated for them with their Case Manager or through their appeals. We have been before the Court and the Court of Appeal for our clients.

We encourage you to call our office and speaking with one of our staff. Making that call may be of vital importance if we are to make sure your benefits are preserved and not lost by delay.

We will explain how the Program works and what we can do for you.

Or, if you prefer, you can fill out and submit the form on our Contact Us page or send us an email to wcbclaim@goldfordlaw.com and we’ll call you.

Either way, that call is free.

WHO SHOULD CALL?

Here are some general rules we preach:

• Do not accept what your Case Manager tells you without questioning, checking to confirm and getting it in writing.

• Remember that if you chose to accept the help of an Appeals Advisor, your spokesperson is someone who is on the payroll of the WCB.

• The more serious your injury/disability and the longer you have been or are going to be off work, the more important it is to consult experienced, independent representation, even if you think you are being treated fairly.

Here’s one of the most important considerations….we routinely find Case Managers who have not told Claimants about benefits they are entitled to! If that happens to you, when you find out months or years later, you may have lost much needed help forever…

So, if you have a claim that has been denied and believe the Board’s decision was wrong, you should call.

If you were receiving a benefit and it has been stopped or cut back, you should call.

If you aren’t sure you are receiving all the benefits you are entitled to, you should call.

And, if you know someone who is seriously injured (especially if they had a head injury, suffer from depression or deal with constant pain), if they are dependent and vulnerable, please ensure that they, or someone who knows them, call us.

If you need directions for your specific situation, you must contact us.

The call is free.

(780) 482 1000       1 877 438 2667