In part one of this two-part series, we discussed some factors that are relevant to proper protocol in the wake of a workplace accident, some issues that may arise, and began discussing important steps to take to make sure that you aren’t hung out to dry when you get hurt at work. Primarily, we emphasized the importance of reporting your injury to your boss or manager – when you file a claim with the WSIB, your employer is obliged to file a report as well. This is standard procedure and there’s nothing to be afraid of. In our era of constantly sitting for hours with poor posture and clicking on computers, repetitive strain issues are extremely common, and while many folks are afraid they’ll be seen as weak if they report this type of injury. The truth is, RSI injuries are far more prevalent than you might think; they can really screw up your life if you don’t pursue therapy and time off work to rest. Goodman Elbassiouni LLP employs paralegals that have worked closely with the WSIB and our seasoned lawyers are expert at handling workplace injury claims – RSI related or otherwise.
To get back on track, and to the matter at hand, we’ll spend the rest of the post exploring essential protocol tips to ensure that when you file a claim with the WSIB, you get the compensation you deserve:
Keep a Journal
Keeping a journal is key because it helps keep dates and facts straight. This is especially important if your injury develops over time so that you have a clear sense of when it began and when it became a severe problem. The importance of seeing a doctor – which we mentioned in part one – goes hand in hand with the journal, since you’ll be able to cross-check the doctor’s notes with your own personal notes for maximum accuracy. Keeping a journal may also release some of the stress you’re feeling if you’re going through your ordeal alone, as well.
Consult Before You File
A lot of folks think that you should only consult with workers compensation lawyers in the event that your claim is rejected, but this is not necessarily so. Because we offer a free consultation for any prospective client, it’s in your interest to talk to one of our lawyers or paralegals before you file your report. This will not only help your chance of receiving your claim hassle-free, it will also mean that in the event that you need to appeal, you already have some sense of the process and problem followed all of the rules and fine print properly.
Let Your Family/ Friends Help You
Even if you are an extremely independent spirit, the time following a work injury is no time to be stubborn and refuse help. It’s a relief to be able to delegate certain tasks to friends and family members who care about your health and well-being. You can even bring them to a meeting with our lawyers or have them on the line when you call so that they are fully in the loop and can take some of the weight off your shoulders. If you’re considering filing a claim with the WSIB, give us a call today and talk to one of expert lawyers or paralegals; Goodman Elbassiouni LLP is here to help!