Our law firm does NOT handle any WSIB matters. Imagine that…a personal injury law firm refusing work!
But that’s right; our law firm doesn’t touch WSIB work. There are a lot of reasons we don’t practice in this area. Aside from the WSIB being an archaic, overly complicated system; the reality is that it does not adequately compensate injured workers. The awards are rather pitiful, hard for workers to get, and their system of unbiased assessments is “impartial assessors” is a farce. There are a number of economic reasons why our law firm doesn’t do WSIB work, but that’s pretty much all you need to know about WSIB.
You will be hard pressed to find a reputable lawyer in Ontario who does exclusively WSIB work, but there are a handful of them around if you’re lucky enough to find one and have them take on your case at a reasonable rate.
There are times when WSIB and civil tort law intertwine. When this happens, we are there to help people make the right decisions so that their cases get off on the right foot.
For starters, you CANNOT receive bot WSIB benefits and SUE. You can’t have both. You either get one, or the other. This is very important for any accident victim to know.
There are instances where injured workers CANNOT sue. If they’ve been hurt or injured on the job site, there are instances where the injured party MUST pursue a WSIB claim. In such instances, it’s important to find out if your employer is a Schedule 1 or Schedule 2 employer. The difference is that is that you CANNOT sue a Schedule 1 employer; while you can sue a Schedule 2 employer. How do you find out if you’re dealing with a Schedule 1 or a Schedule 2 employer? That’s easy. All it takes is a call to the WSIB at 1-800-387-0750. Just ask the person who picks up the phone. It’s an easy search for their staff to make.
Banks, Veterinarians, Law Firms and some other employers are NOT require to have any form of WSIB coverage. So, it’s open season to sue these employers for their wrong doing.
At the end of the day, it’s important to keep in mind that WSIB acts as a shield for employers. They pay in to an insurance plan known as WSIB, and it’s there to protect them in the event of a worker getting injured.