Time for Alberta to Jump on Board! Will Alberta’s Doctors Come Forward? WCB uses the same doctors over and over and they are getting richer and richer for their opinions. Injured Workers in Ontario call it Fraud upon the Public, What is it called in Alberta? or does anyone care? Send your story in , name the WCB doctor that gave an opinion that goes against medical science, treating doctors and surgeons and clinical evidence.
Ontario watchdog urged to investigate WSIB
Injured workers unfairly kicked off benefits are falling into desperate poverty, according to evidence submitted to Ontario’s ombudsman.
Citing “systematic disregard” for professional medical assessments of injured workers, advocates have asked Ontario’s government watchdog to launch an investigation into the province’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.
The 200-page submission made Friday to the provincial ombudsman by health professionals, workers, lawyers and labour groups blasts WSIB for ignoring the medical advice provided by doctors treating injured workers, in favour of so-called “paper doctors” who have not met patients directly.
The resulting claw-backs in medical benefits are having a “devastating effect,” the submission says, leaving workers with severe physical and mental problems stranded in poverty.
“That’s why the complaint is being filed today,” said Chris Buckley, president of the Ontario Federation of Labour. “Injured workers and their advocates have been sounding the alarm for well over 20 years about workers’ compensation that ignores the advice of treating physicians and kicks desperate injured workers off their benefits.”
“It’s a regular occurrence that you send medical evidence that is never acknowledged,” added psychologist Dr. Giorgio Ilacqua, who has worked in the field since 1985 — including a stint as a consultant for WSIB, formerly known as the Workmen’s Compensation Board.
The Star has previously reported on allegations that WSIB fired a doctor for refusing to reverse her medical assessment of an injured patient.
In response to those allegations and an ensuing report by the Ontario Federation of Labour about WSIB ignoring medical advice, the board said in a November statement that it “values the relationships it has with thousands of health care practitioners across the province and relies on their professionalism and expertise.”
More than 20 medical professionals contributed evidence to Friday’s submission to the provincial ombudsman, drawing on 41 case studies involving injured patients.
Marvin Mulder, 46, is one such worker. He says his doctor’s medical advice to WSIB was ignored after the former mover from Hamilton severely injured his back on the job in 2010.
Mulder underwent six spinal injections and two failed back surgeries in an effort to recover. He says WSIB asked him to participate in its work transition program almost immediately after his accident, giving him the option to retrain as either a millwright or an office assistant — even though his injuries prevent him from sitting or standing for prolonged periods of time.
Mulder says persistent health problems — including being rushed to the emergency room several times — prevented him from completing the retraining program. His specialist wrote to the board to say he was physically unable to continue. In response, Mulder says, WSIB deemed him “non-co-operative” and drastically reduced his benefits last year.
“It’s devastated me and my family,” he told the Star.
He now relies on disability support and Canada Pension Plan benefits to survive. He says CPP has approved him for benefits available to workers with a demonstrable “severe and prolonged disability” even though WSIB clawed them back.
“The overall effect is that the injured workers are being re-victimized by the very system that was actually created to help them,” said Aidan MacDonald, of the Injured Workers’ Consultants legal clinic.
The submission to the province’s government watchdog argues that reduced coverage through employer-funded workplace insurance means workers often have little choice but to rely on publicly funded health care and social assistance programs.
“It’s a huge strain on those programs, which at this point is needless. WSIB was designed to be a safety net. For far too long, employers are getting off the hook,” Buckley said.
“We’re hoping a systemic investigation and consequences from the ombudsman can start to shift the system back to an actual compensation system that treats injured workers with dignity and respect,” MacDonald added.
CONCERNS IN THE REPORT
The report submitted to Ontario’s Ombudsman alleges the following problems with WSIB’s current practice:
- Disregard for the medical opinion of doctors treating injured workers;
- Examples of the board forcing workers back to work against the advice of their physician or psychologist;
- Overemphasis on injured workers’ pre-existing conditions for the purpose of rejecting, limiting, or prematurely cutting off workers’ claims;
- Approval for medical services taking months;
- Insufficient physiological or physiotherapy sessions for injured workers approved for benefits.
It has been suggested that you can sue your case manager for the treatment or lack of treatment towards you after your injury. Has your case manager adjudicated your claim on a paid for doc in the box opinion? If so please continue to share your file with doctors name and case manager’s , we have found it is the same doctors , making the same opinions which in many cases go against medical science , treating physicians and medical evidence. Let us take this information to the Premiere of Alberta so she can make justice happen. If you would like to participate all you need to do is send in doctors name, your name and case managers and you will be contacted by a CIWAA volunteer.
CIWWA members we must continue to trust in Rachel Notley as we know she has been working to bring justice to Injured Workers long before May 5, 2015 . We have not been forgotten , soon we will know her plans. Support NDP on February 9th, 2016 .
Lets show the NDP Party were ready for JUSTICE! Truth to Power ! we never gave up and heard every word and acted on those words . The NDP party told people of Alberta the changes they would make if they were in power. We the people of Alberta helped make that happen. Were Ready
Every day these changes are delayed another worker and their family’s suffer needlessly. Time is of the essence.
We are calling for all injured workers, their family’s, friends, workers, taxpayers and supporters to print the petition below gather those signatures so we can put it to work and be ready for Premiere Notley to change that shitty ass legislation .
Continuing to support those that care about are cause is one more step closer to justice for injured workers. www.canadianinjuredworkers.com
Remember to print the petition on our website Rachel Notley stood by this petition for JUSTICE! We are ready for our Premiere to support those that support her.
We are in the process of getting are website up to-date.
To all injured workers we would like to express our sincere thanks to all who got involved on May5, 2015 in ending the PC dynasty. With the new Government firmly in place now is the time to Rally for real change to the WCB and gain natural justice for all Injured Workers across Alberta.
Our activity is picking up again to have our petition for Justice for Injured Workers presented to Premiere Rachel Notley & tabled in the Legislature and create the change’s needed.
Workers medical injuries , adjudicated on a paid opinion must stop, all injuries must require medical evidence.
Billions for Opinions : causes Harm! to Injure Workers, their family’s, friends and Tax Payers.
A Medical practitioner’s OATH : FIRST DO NO HARM ……….. The need for physicians to make a formal warrant of diligent, moral, and ethical conduct in the service of Injured Workers may be stronger than ever.
We need to allow the Notley Government time to organize it’s priorities so we need to be ready to show our strength in numbers for our cause.
We are pleased to share that 2015 brings with it many new and important changes to C.I.W.A. A. These changes reflect our continued efforts to support and advocate on behalf of injured workers throughout Canada and to actively pursue the rights of those workers to government lawmakers. Every day is hard for those that suffer , we call on our Premiere not to delay Justice any longer. Gather those signatures put truth to Power.
CIWWA Board Members
As Alberta’s economic prosperity propels many forward, many more are sacrificed for the lowest corporate WCB premiums in Canada. The price is paid by working people Injured at Work and denied their benefits and rights under Alberta WCB.
CIWAA (Canadian Injured Workers Association of Alberta) is an organization supporting Workers Rights to Workers Compensation benefits. We act in disclosing and exposing injustice to Injured Workers and the realities of Alberta WCB. If you or someone you know has been injured at work and are mired in the WCB bureaucratic maze, don’t give up in frustration. Join our organization and make a difference.
Canadian Injured Workers Association of Alberta thanks all of you for your continued support. We ask all of you to stand with us in solidarity as we fight for natural justice for injured workers. Together we have a powerful voice.
CIWAA ‘s petition campaign.
Please sign this NEW PETITION. The link for the pdf version is in the New Petition tab and can be printed. Share it with your family, friends, co-workers and doctors. Let’s try to circulate the petition throughout Alberta. Let us show our government that we are not fragmented and that we stand together in solidarity for our Human Rights. Signed petitions should be returned to Injured Workers at Edmonton & District Labor Council suite 101-10425 princess Elisabeth Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T5G 0Y5.
Corruption is the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. It hurts everyone who depends on the integrity of people in a position of authority.
“An injury to one is an injury to all”
Stand up and be accountable for the sake of your province.
CIWAA thanks everyone for their continued support . Please watch our guest speakers at the May 16/13 screening below.
All the videos from this event can be seen here.