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Happy New Year and welcome back to our series on understanding workers’ compensation claims in Ontario. Today, we’re looking at noise-induced hearing loss. (You can find a list of the previously-covered topics in this series at the end of this post.) What is Noise-Induced Hearing Loss? When workers develop hearing loss due to hazardous levels […]

Welcome back to our series on understanding workers’ compensation claims in Ontario. This is Part 2 of our look at Occupational Disease claims; in Part 1 we discussed what occupational diseases are most common in Ontario and what industries tend to be most dangerous for workers. Some of the most well-established occupational illnesses are specified […]

Welcome back to our series on understanding workers’ compensation claims in Ontario. Today, we’re looking at occupational diseases. (You can find a list of the previously-covered topics in this series at the end of this post.) Sadly, thousands of Ontario workers have and continue to be affected by serious and often fatal occupational diseases: their […]

Welcome back to our series on understanding workers’ compensation claims in Ontario. Today, we’re looking at psychological conditions. (You can find a list of the previously-covered topics in this series at the end of this post.) What Psychological Conditions Can I Make a WSIB Claim For ? One general category of claims is psychological conditions […]

Welcome back to our series on understanding workers’ compensation claims in Ontario. Today, we’re looking at disablements. (You can find a list of the previously-covered topics in this series at the end of this post.) What is a Disablement? Disablements are types of injuries that differ from accident-related injuries in that they have gradual onset […]

In our last post, we kicked off a series on understanding workers compensation (WSIB) claims in Ontario by talking about the main types of conditions that workers or their surviving loved ones can make claims for: accidents, disablements, psychological conditions, occupational disease, noise-induced hearing loss, and survivor’s benefits. Today we’re going to do a deep-dive […]

No one goes to work expecting that they will get hurt, but every year, thousands of Ontarians are injured or made sick by their job. Last  year, more than 225,000 claims were registered, and WSIB paid out more than two billion dollars in benefits, which include health-care costs, lost wages, compensation for permanent injuries, and […]

In our previous post, we started looking at the “any occupation” test in long-term disability insurance and what it actually means.  Contrary to how it sounds, being disabled from working in “any occupation” doesn’t mean you’re incapable of doing any job. As we discussed, “any occupation” means any occupation that you’re reasonably suited to by […]

Under most disability insurance policies in Ontario, the test for whether you are eligible for benefits is whether you are totally disabled from doing your “own occupation” or “any occupation”. During the first two years of being on LTD, the test of whether you’re totally disabled is whether you can do the main duties of […]

In most cases, if you lose your job while you’re disabled and receiving LTD payments, you will keep receiving your payments. But there are a few additional things to keep in mind. In our last post, we talked about when an employer can terminate an employee who’s off on LTD. Here, we continue the theme […]