In British Columbia, WorkSafeBC is the entity that takes care of workers' compensation matter. Though it may be hard to imagine, throughout the province, people become ill or are hurt as a result of workplace conditions daily. If this happens to you, it is important to know what steps to take. In this post we will provide information that all workers--even those who work in seemingly safe environments--should know.
Should you become ill with a work-related disease, the sooner you report your condition the better. Don't be deterred by no longer working for the employer. One need not be currently employed by the company responsible for the disease to secure compensation. Accordingly, a claim should promptly be filed with WorkSafeBC.
If you are hurt at work, your first concern is likely securing the medical treatment necessary to improve your condition. While this is of course important, it is not the only thing that should be done following an injury. You should be sure to inform your employer about your injury. Letting them know right away could result in them providing and paying for transportation to the hospital or doctor's office. In addition to your employer, you should also report the incident to WorkSafeBC in a timely manner. It is possible a staff member with WorkSafeBC could ask you to complete certain forms such as:
- An Application for Compensation and Report of Injury or Occupational Disease
- A Worker's incident and injury report
In some situations it is possible that the compensation sought will not be granted. Other times, the compensation awarded will not be sufficient. In these situations, it could be beneficial to seek legal assistance from a workers' compensation lawyer.