Knowledgeable Construction Accident Lawyers
Construction work or work on any other job site involving heavy machinery or automation is inherently dangerous and workers are subject to potential serious injury or even death.
If you have been injured while working on a construction site or in a factory or manufacturing plant, you may have grounds for legal action. At Cuming & Gillespie, we know that serious injuries, including serious workplace injuries, can impact people physically, psychologically, and financially. We understand the importance of getting compensation to ensure continued financial support for your family, to help with medical costs, and to assist you in recovery. In the past 10 years, we have recovered more than $175 million in damages for injured clients.
We know how to best approach your claim to ensure it is a success.
The Workers Compensation Board
If you have been injured on a job site, you should report your injury to your employer, and the Workers Compensation Board (WCB) as soon as possible. The primary purpose of the WCB is to help workers who have been injured at work. The Board can be of assistance in helping you get the medical attention you need to get back on your feet and to provide compensation to cover lost wages for being off work due to injuries.
The Claims Process
If you are a construction worker who has been injured on the job, and you report your injury, the WCB will then review your claim. The review will include making a preliminary decision on the benefits you may be able to receive, and will keep you informed as to the status of your claim. An adjudicator (i.e. someone who will make decisions about your file) or a case manager may be assigned to manage your claim, depending on the circumstances.
Your claim will then be classified or categorized as one of three types:
- Lost-time claim;
- No-time-lost claim; and
- Interjurisdictional claim.
If your claim is considered to be a lost-time claim, then an adjudicator will be assigned and he or she will determine which benefits you are entitled to. If you need more treatment or rehabilitation in order to return to work, your claim might be transferred to a case manager.
If your claim is deemed to be a no-time-lost claim (meaning that even though you suffered a work-related injury, you did not subsequently miss any work or do not have a permanent disability resulting from the injury), then a claim process team will monitor your medical treatment. Any medical costs should be covered by the WCB as long as they are directly related to your work injury.
An interjurisdictional claim applies to those who are working in a province they are not a resident of. If that is the case, you can choose where you want your claim started: in the province of your employment or your home province. Mechanisms are in place as between worker’s compensation regimes in different provinces to avoid duplicate claims and ensure that an injured worker only receives compensation from one province.
Why Do You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer if You Have the WCB?
A personal injury lawyer will explain all of the options available to you following a workplace injury, including filing a WCB claim. A lawyer can also help review your file, help you start a WCB claim, and represent you throughout the claims process. Importantly, a lawyer will ensure that no steps are missing, and that you obtain all of the compensation or benefits you are entitled to.
At Cuming & Gillespie, we have been helping injured clients for more than 25 years, including those who have been injured on the job. We are deeply familiar with the workers compensation regime in the province and know how to build a solid case. We work tirelessly to ensure our clients get the maximum compensation they are entitled to. With our help, you can rest assured that we will take care of all aspects of your claim while you focus on recovery and return to work.
Knowledgeable Calgary Workers Compensation Lawyers
At Cuming & Gillespie, our personal injury lawyers have been helping injured workers for more than 20 years. We work with our clients to make the WCB claims process as painless as possible. Call us today at 403-571-0555 or contact us online to book an appointment for a free consultation to see how we can help.