Winnipeg Worker’s Union: Important Steps to Take Following a Workplace Injury
Just as accidents can happen unexpectedly at any time outside of work, so can they happen unexpectedly in the workplace. While some workplaces are more hazardous than others, no job is immune to injury.
UFCW Local 832, a Winnipeg workers union, wants to ensure that all workers know the important steps they need to take in order to secure workers' comp following a Winnipeg workplace injury:
1) Notify your immediate supervisor
Making your employer aware of your workplace injury is your responsibility, and should be done by notifying your immediate supervisor as quickly as possible. You will have to fill out and give a Notice of Injury Form for your supervisor, and your employer must than report your injury within five days to the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba.
2) Consult a doctor
If you are injured at work you should immediately seek first aid and, if needed, the attention of a doctor. Your employer must provide you with transportation to a medical facility. Explain to your doctor exactly what lead to the injury in detail, as your doctor will also need to submit a report to the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba.
3) Keep all important medical documentation
In order to help your Winnipeg workers' comp claim, you should take care to collect and keep all important medical documentation relating to your case. A claim can be dismissed if not enough information has been provided, so make sure you take any recommended medical examinations and follow any treatment plans prescribed by your doctor.
4) File a workers' compensation claim
No matter what kind of injury you have sustained, you have the right to file a claim for workers' compensation with the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba. You will need to complete a report for the accident with as many specifics as you can provide. The Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba will decide if you should be provided with benefits such as medical coverage and lost wages.
5) Contact a lawyer if you feel it is necessary
If you feel that it is necessary, a lawyer can certainly help your Winnipeg workers' comp claim go as smoothly as possible. You have the right to do so and you should use that right if you fear that there may be problems with your claim.
A Winnipeg Worker's Union Rep Can Help Every Step of the Way
There is perhaps no one better to have by your side during the process of claiming workers' compensation benefits than a Winnipeg workers union representative from UFCW Local 832.
In the over 75 years since its founding, UFCW Local 832 has helped countless Winnipeg workers receive the compensation they are entitled to. Every step of the way, from filing forms to securing legal aid, our union reps will be there to assist you and help you navigate the often confusing process.
Let our experience go to work for you. Just contact UFCW Local 832 and you can get started on becoming a member.