Injury Claim Policy in Plain Language. Don Seidlitz Team Leader, Case Management

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1 Injury Claim Policy in Plain Language Don Seidlitz Team Leader, Case Management

2 Our Authority - Jurisdiction Section 20 The board has exclusive jurisdiction to examine, hear and determine: (a) whether any condition or death with respect to which compensation is claimed was caused by an injury; (b) whether any injury has arisen out of or in the course of employment;

3 Arising Out of Employment POL 12/ A worker will only have coverage if: a) Their actions at the time of injury are being performed for the purpose of employment, or b) The injury is caused by the conditions of employment.

4 Decision on Merits/Benefit of Doubt Section 23 (1) The board shall make its decisions on the real merits and justice of each case and it is not bound to follow any legal precedent. (2) In making its decisions, the board may have regard to its policy directives. (3) If, in the opinion of the board, the evidence in support of the opposite sides of an issue is approximately equal, the board shall resolve the issue in favour of the worker.

5 Benefit of the Doubt POL 03/2012 Decisions are based on the balance of probabilities, considering the merits and justice of each case. Although a precedent may be helpful, decisions are not bound to follow any legal precedent.

6 Wilful Misconduct of Worker Section 30 If an injury is attributable solely to the serious and wilful misconduct of the worker, no compensation is payable unless that injury results in death or serious functional impairment.

7 Serious and Wilful Misconduct POL 13/2011 Where the worker intentionally injures himself/herself, this will not qualify as an injury Serious and wilful misconduct is a deliberate breach of rule or law, well known to the worker, and enforced. It is a voluntary act with reckless disregard for rule or law, which the worker should have recognized as being likely to result in personal injury.

8 Pre-existing Conditions Section 49 The board shall not reject the claim of a worker or a worker s dependent for compensation or reduce the amount of compensation payable by reason of a pre-existing condition of the worker if the injury materially aggravates or accelerates the pre-existing condition to produce a loss of earnings or death.

9 Pre-Existing Conditions POL 01/2000 Operations staff must determine the answer to a number of questions of medical fact: The extent of the work injury, which is essentially a matter of diagnosis. Whether or not the worker has recovered from the work injury, and Whether and to what extent a pre-existing condition has been aggravated or accelerated by the work injury.

10 Duties of Worker Section 51 A worker shall: a) take all reasonable action to mitigate the worker s loss of earnings resulting from an injury; and b) if the circumstances require, co-operate with the board in the development of a rehabilitation plan that is intended to return the worker to a position of independence in suitable productive employment.

11 Suspension of Benefits POL 07/2014 The WCB will suspend benefits if a client s absence from health care or an Individual Vocational Plan will extend earnings loss.

12 Duty of Employer Section 53 An employer shall co-operate with the board and the worker to achieve the early and safe return of an injured worker to his or her employment.

13 Special Reserve Fund Section 145 If the board considers it appropriate to do so, the board may add to the assessment for any class or for all classes of industries a percentage or amount for the purpose of raising a special reserve fund to be set aside to meet the loss arising from any disaster or other circumstance the liability for which would, in the opinion of the board, unfairly burden the employers in any class.

14 Second Injury and Re-Employment Reserve POL 21/2010 The Reserve will be charged with additional claim costs: Where the period of disability from a work injury is prolonged or the effect of a work injury is enhanced because of a prior or pre-existing condition.

15 Summation We write policy to make it easier for our staff and clients to understand the intent and application of our legislation. Policies guide the decisions we make. Our policy manual is available on our website.

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