WHAT IS THE ONTARIO WSIB?
A provincial organization called the Workplace Safety, and Insurance Board of Ontario offers insurance to employees and advocates for a safer workplace. The Workplace Safety and Insurance Act of 1997 establishes the WSIB’s legal jurisdiction.
The board receives and analyzes accident and injury reports before paying workers’ compensation. The WSIB pays for workers medical treatment and income replacement until they are well enough to return to work. Additionally, it shields employers from lawsuits brought about by accidents at work.
In this post, we will clarify how an Ontario worker can file a claim for compensation for a workplace injury. We will also go into great depth on the function of the WSIB and how filing a lawsuit may restrict your possibilities of receiving compensation. To learn how occupational injuries must be treated, keep reading.
WORKPLACE INJURIES BY TYPE
The WSIB manages hundreds of various workplace injuries in Ontario. These fall under one of the following five categories of occupational accidents:
Accidental injuries: These are wounds that develop due to a single occurrence, such as a trip and fall accident or a back wound brought on by carrying a large object.
Injuries that progress slowly over time are considered to be disabled. An illustration would be an injury brought on by repetitive motions on a production line.
Psychological conditions: Due to the nature of the work, such as being required to execute risky activities, working in mentally taxing surroundings, or even acquiring a psychological condition as a result of workplace stress, psychological injuries may arise.
Occupational diseases can be brought on by exposure to chemicals, harmful substances, and unsanitary settings. Examples include radiation poisoning, asbestos-related lung cancer, and contamination-related illnesses.
Hearing loss: Prolonged exposure to noisy settings or loud noises can harm an employee’s hearing and result in hearing loss.
Additionally, a worker’s spouse or other dependent may claim survivors’ benefits if the worker passes away due to a sickness or accident linked to their employment.