Category: WSIB

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 Board (WSIB) claims arising from a workplace accident, the process of submitting a claim can be confusing and difficult at the best of times. This is especially true if the claim is ultimately denied as an unfavourable outcome only adds “insult to injury” as the old […]

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 […]

In a recent WSIB Appeals Tribunal case Decision No. 1599/17, 2017 ONWSIAT 2025, a 59-year old electrician attended at his doctor’s office on October 5, 2011, complaining of injuries he had sustained in a workplace accident the day before and indicated that he had fallen off a ladder when installing a pot light in a […]

Injured workers who currently receive benefits under the provincial Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) should be aware of proposed changes to Ontario’s minimum wage laws. In mid-July 2017, the Ontario Ministry of Labour announced that it intended to create more opportunity and security for workers through its Bill 148, which is the proposed Fair […]

In a recent WSIB case, an interesting issue arose as to whether a commissioned door-to-door salesperson, who was hit by a car while crossing the street on his lunch break, was acting “in the course of his employment” within the meaning of the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 (the WSIA). The car that […]