Dealing with a work-related injury or illness can be overwhelming. Filing a workers’ compensation claim can add to this challenge. Here are some tips to help you through the process.

Understand the benefits

Workers’ compensation is province-mandated insurance that can help pay for:

Meet your deadlines

Most provinces require employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance. However, each province has its own set of rules and regulations. Find out these requirements, especially any deadlines you need to meet. Missing a deadline can jeopardize your benefits.

Most provinces have deadlines for:

Notify your employer promptly

Tell your employer about your injury or illness as soon as possible. Ideally, contact your employer before you see a doctor. If your injury or illness appears over time, such as a gradual onset of carpal tunnel syndrome, report your condition as soon as you start noticing symptoms. Of course, seek treatment immediately in an emergency.

File your claim on time

Your employer should provide the necessary forms and file the claim. Complete and return these forms within the proper time frames.

Get medical care

See a doctor as soon as possible. They will complete a medical report to file with your claim. In the case of an emergency, go to the closest emergency department.

Understand your rights

Know the rights you have, as well as the rights you’re giving up:

For more information about filing a workers’ compensation claim, talk with your employer, your HR manager or your province’s workers’ compensation bureau.

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