Our law firm gets a lot of calls from injured workers.
They have very serious injuries and wish to sue their employer. They allege that their employer was negligent; allowed for unsafe work conditions to exist which they knew, or ought to have known of; or permitted the worker to use unsafe equipment which needed to be replaced or better maintained.
All of these scenarios, in a non-workplace environment; are grounds for a winning lawsuit by an injured party.
Unfortunately for injured workers; the workplace is NOT a normal environment when it comes to litigating personal injury matters.
Most workers have heard of the Workplace Insurance & Insurance Board (WSIB).
When a worker is injured on the job, s/he has to file a claim through the WSIB to receive benefits. Even if the employer is not registered with the WSIB, the worker needs to file a claim. Some employers are exempt from the WSIB (banks and law firms), but most employers MUST pay premiums into the program.
For many injured workers, WSIB benefits aren’t enough. They want more. They want to be vindicated with a win in Court, or some form of monetary settlement for their injuries.
There is nothing wrong with having these feelings; particularly when the employer could have prevented the injury had they done a better job at protecting their workers and providing for a safe work environment.
Unfortunately the “suing route” via personal injury lawsuit is NOT in the cards for most injured workers.