Workplace Injury: What Are Your Options?

Every year in Ontario thousands of workers are injured on the job. Most of these require a few hours of work and some minor medical assistance. Some are significantly more serious. While the words ‘workplace injury’ bring to mind construction sites or industrial environments a workplace injury can occur anywhere, including offices and retail stores. If you’re injured on the job you need to seek medical attention and inform your employer so they can in turn inform any other relevant parties to make sure you have the support you need.

Most workplaces in Ontario are covered under the Workplace Safety Insurance Board (WSIB) and your employer is required to inform them of a workplace accident to ensure you receive proper compensation.   Not all companies are required to register with WSIB such as private health care practices, insurance companies, and travel agencies, but many still choose to do so. It is the primary insurance provider for workplace injuries in Ontario though your employer may have other or additional coverage if they wish. Your employer is required to make a claim on your behalf within three days of the incident occurring and it’s in your best interest to make sure it happens.

The WSIB or other insurance may choose to deny the claim made and in that case you may have to take legal action to seek proper restitution. If you end up permanently disabled you may also seek disability benefits from the Ontario government or the Canadian Pension Plan as well.

A workplace injury, whether industrial accident or simple slip and fall, should never happen. All proper care, training, and maintenance should be made by every employer to ensure their employees are under no threat to their health. If you have received a workplace injury, have had your claim denied, or believe you are entitled to more than you have received you should take legal action to gain proper restitution for your pain and suffering. Call Conte & Associates at 1-877-614-0008. Based in Vaughan and Whitby, Conte & Associates works with clients in Whitby/Oshawa, and in the following cities in Ontario: Oshawa, Ajax, Pickering, Clarington, Newcastle, Courtice, Bowmanville, Newcastle, Port Perry, Belleville, and Peterborough.





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