Oftentimes when an individual experiences work injuries they do not know the proper precautions to take in order to ensure their safe recovery and prompt return to the workplace. Do not be one of these individuals, and become informed about the steps you should take when work injuries occur.
Step 1: Report your workplace injury immediately to either your health and safety representative or human resources manager.
Step 2: Make sure that your employer completes a WSIB Form 7, while you complete a Form 6 yourself.
Step 3: If your injury requires you to leave work, proceed to a walk-in clinic, chiropractor, or rehabilitation center for an evaluation and to begin treatment.
Here are some common mistakes regarding work place injuries and WSIB:
– Waiting too long to report the injury. It is imperative that you report your injury the moment it occurs to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
– Trusting your employers medical assumptions/recommendations. A common mistake is when the injured employee reports their injury and it is regarded as too minor and dismissed by the employer. Your employer is in no way certified to provide any kind of diagnosis, and in these kinds of situations you must establish your position as your own health advocate and seek medical attention. If your employer is uncooperative with regards to WSIB treatment, you must still immediately seek medical attention, and your doctor will provide you with the WSIB information that your employer has failed to do.
– The idea that you must take time off work to be eligible for WSIB treatment. You do not need to take time off work in order to receive WSIB treatment. Your injury must be treated in order to ensure it does not happen again as well as your overall health and taking time off of work is not always necessary to receive this.
– Being afraid to report injuries. Do not be afraid to report your injuries, you have rights that you are entitled to and you should not be afraid to make use of them.
If you experience an injury at work, do not hesitate to call Dr. Steve Knighton at Nottinghill Family Welness Centre, (905) 827 – 4197.