Workers’ Compensation Lawyers in Toronto
All lawyers for workers’ compensation law will tell you that employers have obligations to protect their workers from injury and harm. That being said, sometimes accidents happen in the workplace and your employer is responsible for reporting any workplace injury or illness that results from the workplace.
When workers become sick or injured on the job, the goal of workers’ compensation is to ensure that the employee receives appropriate medical care and is adequately compensated for lost wages relating to the on-the-job injury.
An injury may stem from a sudden accident, like crushing a body part in a machine, or it may develop over time, like back pain from consistent heavy lifting. An injury can also be physical or psychological. You are just as entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that may result from being robbed at gunpoint while working as a cashier, as you are for breaking your leg doing construction work.
Regardless, worker’s compensation operates on a “no-fault” system, in that you are entitled to benefits no matter whose fault the injury was. Difficulties arise in determining whether your work was the cause of your injury or disease. For example, if you were in a car accident and hurt your back, and subsequently your back began to hurt from heavy lifting at work, your claim may be contested. If you need legal advice about workers’ compensation, contact Levitt LLP.
Workers’ compensation boards provide employers with staff retraining and rehabilitation opportunities to assist worker reintegration into the workforce. In situations where workers are permanently impaired, workers’ compensation is responsible for paying past and future economic loss. Lastly, workers’ compensation is responsible for family member survivor benefits in situations where an employee is killed or dies on the job.
You have rights and entitlements under various workers’ compensation boards. Your employer should not pressure you to return to your job until you are healthy and safe.
Calculating your benefits and earnings entitlements can be difficult and confusing. In addition, workers’ compensation claims can sometimes be contested and difficult to prove.
Employers may negate their responsibilities to accommodate or reintegrate you back into the workforce, or perhaps, your claim is being denied by the Board. If you are in any of these situations, consult our workers’ compensation lawyers straight away.
Call an employment lawyer at Levitt LLP, instead of a personal injury lawyer, if you have been injured on the job or suffered a work-related illness.
Our experienced employment lawyers know the ins and outs of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). We’re familiar with workplace disputes and legislation and are experts in filing appeals against a Workplace Safety and Insurance Board decision.
Each situation is unique, so schedule a consultation today with one of our lawyers for workers’ compensation law in Toronto, the GTA or across Canada to learn about your options.
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