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Workplace Injury - What to Do If Injured at Work

Workplace Injury

In 2007, one in every 53 employed workers in Canada was injured or harmed on the job and received workers’ compensation as a result. In Ontario alone, more than 10,000 workers under the age of 25 will file a claim this year with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). The WSIB is a government agency that administers Ontario’s no-fault workplace insurance for employers and their workers. A workplace injury is defined as any injury that occurs in the workplace or on company business, requires medical treatment and may or may not result in time missed from work.

Thanks to education, improved safety standards and legislation, statistics show workplace injuries have been on the decline since 1987, falling to a rate of 18.8 per 1000 employed Canadians in 2007. However, a number of concerning trends regarding workplace injuries have been revealed in recent years. Workers in certain fields are facing increasing risks, while inspections are proving less frequent for sectors where work takes place outside the standard 9-5, Monday to Friday range. In some areas of the country, nurses face an increasing risk of violence in the workplace, while their rates of inspection are higher on average when compared with workers in other sectors.

Employers must conform to several provisions under the law regarding workplace safety. It is the responsibility of employers to provide workers with a healthy and safe workplace, tools and equipment. Similarly, it is the responsibility of workers to follow safe work practices, as well as participate in safety training and report any potential safety hazards.

When a workplace injury occurs, it is important to always report it immediately, and seek appropriate first aid or medical care, when needed. If unsure whether or not you need first aid or medical care, it is best to err on the side of caution and seek the advice of a qualified health care practitioner. In some cases the full extent of an injury is not revealed until a period of time has elapsed from the initial accident.

In the event that you suffer a workplace injury, seeking the advice of a qualified personal injury lawyer can provide assurance that any claims you have are attended to, and your personal interests are protected during a potentially stressful time. Any injury involving time away from work has the double impact relating to the injury itself as well as work and financial stressors. In addition to providing advice, a personal injury lawyer may assist you in filing a claim, obtain compensation, and help you to achieve a successful recovery after a workplace injury.

For assistance with a personal injury or insurance claim, please email David at To be contacted immediately call 1-855-446-7765 for a free case evaluation.

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