Category: WSIB

Everyone knows the old expression, “Stick and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” Meant to encourage children to steel themselves against teasing or name-calling, the rhyme has endured as timeless, common-sense wisdom. But as the world evolves, that old advice (“just ignore it”) is becoming less prevalent. Society is slowly […]

Every year in Ontario, thousands of workers are injured on the job.  Knowing what to do is not always clear and if you’ve hurt been and are in pain, it’s normal that you might not be thinking clearly. Here is a short guide on what to do if you’ve been hurt at work. Get first […]

In our last post we reiewed the WSIB’s new chronic mental stress policy. In today’s post, we will focus on traumatic mental stress in the workplace and the policies WSIB has in place to cover these types of injuries. Under WSIB Policy 15-03-02: Traumatic Mental Stress, you may have a valid claim for traumatic mental […]

Anyone who has experienced mental stress as a result of the condition of their workplace knows that this can be every bit as painful and debilitating as a physical injury.  Historically, however, the WSIB hasn’t always recognized or allowed claims for mental stress. As a result of this, for years, advocates called for an end […]

Injured workers who come to Van Dyke for help with WSIB claims are our most frustrated and confused clients.  They have had their expectations shattered and have been treated terribly and unfairly. In this video, Frank Van Dyke discusses the harsh realities of WSIB claims. He shares how his team works hard to get the […]

Isn’t it ironic? A recent report from the Toronto Star revealed that many WSIB employees are so overburdened in their jobs that they suffer from anxiety, insomnia, and stress severe enough to require time off work. When the Ontario Compensation Employees Union (OCEU), which represents staff at the WSIB, ran a survey in January 2018, […]

For more than 30 years, April 28th has been observed in Ontario as the Day of Mourning: a day to honour workers who have died, been injured, or suffer from an illness due to their workplace. In 1991, it became a nationally observed day and this “Workers’ Memorial Day” is now observed in more than […]

It is no secret that temporary workers (there are 747,000 of them in Ontario) face vastly more dangerous working conditions than permanent employees. WSIB statistics show that temp workers in non-clerical environments such as factories and warehouses were “more than twice as likely to get hurt on the job in 2016 as non-temp counterparts.“. Understanding […]

For those Ontario workers who have Workplace Safety Insurance (WSI) claims arising from a workplace accident, the process of submitting a claim can be confusing and harrowing at the best of times. This is especially true if the claim is ultimately denied; an unfavourable outcome can add “insult to injury,” as the old saying goes. […]

In a recent Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance (WSI) benefits claim case1, the 34-year old worker’s left hand had been seriously injured on-the-job, and he had lost all four fingers and the tip of his thumb. When it came time to determining his WSI benefits, the issue was whether it should be calculated based on […]