In 2002-2003, significant changes were made to the Workers Compensation Act for appealing Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) decisions. Although WCB changed its name to WorkSafeBC in 2005, it is still often referred to as WCB.
HEU has a department that advocates for members through the two levels of WCB’s review and appeal process. The review is done through the Workers’ Compensation Board Review Division, and the appeal goes through the independent Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal (WCAT). HEU representatives support members through these stages.
Members must first apply for WCB benefits on their own, but if their claim is denied or if their benefits are discontinued, they can call HEU’s WCB hotline at 604-456-7186 or toll-free at 1-877-438-5550 for advice or assistance.
The WCB review and appeal process is complex with very strict timelines.
When and how to initiate a claim
- If you suffer from a personal injury, repetitive strain injury, or any other condition you believe to be caused by your work or work activities;
- Report your injury to your employer as soon as possible, seek medical attention, and ensure your physician is aware that you are initiating a WCB claim;
- The WCB officer assigned to your case will decide your compensation entitlement based on documents and input provided by you, your employer and your physician. Decisions relating to entitlement may include wage loss, health care expenses, vocational rehabilitation, and pension benefits.