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Workers’ Compensation Benefits

If you are injured or become ill as a result of your work you may be eligible for Workers’ Compensation benefits. These benefits may include coverage for healthcare expenses related to your injury or illness and compensation for wage loss. Wage loss benefits are calculated based on a percentage of your average net earnings however, some Collective Agreements provisions including the PCA, provide net pay benefits while an employee is off work on an established Worksafe BC claim. Link to ARTICLE 42.07

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How to Apply for Workers’ Compensation Benefits

What to do if you are injured at work:

  • Immediately notify your supervisor or manager.
  • Seek first aid or medical attention for your injury. Be sure to tell your doctor your injury or illness is work related.
  • If you have a needle stick injury from a medical sharp, or other blood or bodily fluid exposure, be sure to seek treatment at a hospital within 2 hours.
  • Start a Workers’ Compensation claim by completing the required forms or by calling your employer’s incident reporting line. Keep copies of all completed forms for your own records.
  • Remember to report your injury as soon as possible; it’s a requirement of WorkSafe BC.
  • If a BCNU OH&S steward is on shift, you may want to contact them for advice.
  • Following an incident you should be contacted by your manager to participate in an accident investigation. This is an important step as it will help identify the cause of your incident and will hopefully prevent the occurrence of similar incidents.

How to Appeal a Workers’ Compensation Claim Decision

The BCNU OH&S department assists members in appeals of Workers’ Compensation benefit decisions. The process is highly complex and our WCB advocates are available to support and represent you in the process. WorkSafe BC has strict time limits for appeals and failure to act promptly will put your appeal at risk. Therefore it is important to contact us immediately if you disagree with a Worksafe BC decision. Please contact the BCNU switchboard at 604-433-2268 or 1-800-663-9991 for the name of the WCB advocate assigned to your region.

As soon as you contact BCNU, you will be asked to send in your decision letter and will be sent an appeal package to start the appeal process.

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