Fairness office. Question asked;is this office to be trusted and what has changed? Workers had the Appeals Advisors office dictated by the WCB.It was slow and not meetng the needs of workers with appeal. Dissatisfaction that resulted in a move by the Alberta Government now brought it into the Government with another level of of manangement. No understanding of the internal system at WCB past to the government , which is now an office to represent workers. The feedback is horrible for the new office.
HOPE, LOVE, PEACE AND JOY
This year started out a challenging new adventure for me. I felt guilt when I got sick and weak. This year, as
there was work to be done.
I had to focus on my own health and life, which I have neglected for a long time. Helping others and
having compassion has been my life time goal and achievement, Challenging the WCB for injured workers
rights who are suffering and left with little hope is such a big part of my life.
I had all the hope for recovery from my cancer and I was successful. I was given the love I needed and my family beside me gave peace and joy within
My work that is such a big part of my life continues with the tenacity, I have even with a decline in my physical health that took a beating.
I thought of every injured worker that suffers, has pain, loss and need the emotional strength within to
go forward. My clients that have lost love ones this year and my thoughts are with you every day
The year 2019 is a New Year that I will cherish every moment with my family, friends and my clients.
To the injured workers of the world I wish you all the best of health as we know the physical decline in health needs your emotional acceptance. Things change whether it is mental health, injury or illness. Please cherish every day.
Now it is time to "get the job done" and give another shock wave to the WCB and Government trying to change
the world of compensation once again. Focusing on health of workers needs to be a priority it is not about the dollars.
Happy New Year to All and Thank you for all the compassion thrown back my way when I needed it the most.
WCB CONTINUES TO TAKE A HARD STANCE ON NARCOTICS.
With the medical complications from narcoitcs, and media reporting I do not disputed the health risks for individuals
and liability for WCB accepting responsibility. Narcotics are not for everyone and alternatives must be considered
for severely injured workes in chronic pain.
Medicinal marjuana is an accpted alternative authorized by the Government.
WCB is not the govvernment and has not developed a policy.
The criteria for my representation will start with my evaluation of severity of injury, diagnosis, medical authorization and supported medical reporting, The product is obtained legal with receipts, and is required soley due to the work related injury after the date of accident. I will review the request for representation and use my discresion to determine if I am comfortable representing you on this matter.
The reprsentation request form is required on line.
If I decide to represent you the cost will be $1200 to represent you on this one stand alone issue to be paid upon represenation agreement.
I always encourage workers to appeal decisions that they are not satisfied with. Lately I have had many inquiries about other advocates and concerns from injured workers that have been let down by others representing them on their WCB claim.
Know that you can not appeal again once you have gone through the appeal system. "the last kick at the can."
I would advise workers to be prepared to ask questions before hiring a person to represent you.
Firstly, make sure your advocate is experienced with WCB legislation, policy interpretation and application.
Everyone seems to have an opinion on this but few know what it all really means and how it applies to your situation.
Secondly, the appeal process is complex and ask the advocate regarding their on hand experience and knowledge.
You only have one time to appeal at the WCB then one time at the Appeals Commission.
Make sure you have the best representation available.
Lastly, filing your form for an injury should not cost you any money.
Your employer and WCB can assist with filling in the simple form. The form is available on line or can be mailed
to you by WCB. The handbook will provide you simple information to get started with the forms required.
Guy Kerr CEO of WCB states in June 2018 WCB does not push workers back to work.
June 14 2018 NEWS REPORT
Trench collapse on local worker
WORKER SENT BACK TO WORK MODIFIED DUTIES THE NEXT DAY
Comments on this statement from WCB.
I am officially cancer free.
"DEFEAT OR BE DEFEATED"
Given no hope six months to a clean bill of health feels great.
NEVER GIVE UP. Advocate to get diagnosis, reasons, alternatives, and make the best choices you can.
I could not see me not working with injured workers and fighting for the rights of workers.
Thank you to all my clients that have been so supportive, prayed and cared while being patient with there own injuries and pain to deal with.
No more delays as my one worker says "lets "Git-R-Done"
About 7 months ago I became ill. I had to take care of myself and while my body was weak and my mind was strong.
Most people believed that I was away in paradise, when the truth was I was dealing with my own health issues.
My concern was my workers, and continuing to advocate for them and whether I was able to return to work with good health and energy to continue to advocate keeping the high demands in perspective. .
My life changed when I found out I was sick. After surgery I was diagnosed with a rare cancer and have underwent several surgeries. The rare cancer was called "Urachal adenocarcinoma."
My struggle with the Medical system, was so similar to the injured workers problems. I realize that most workers are not real good at understanding the medical system, talking to doctors, keeping up with medical appointments, and attempting to make WCB satisfied with any progress.
I needed to advocate a for second opinion and I had to research the condition on studies completed in Japan,Europe and North America, I believe that my long journey to good health has been achieved because of my own advocacy to resolve the problem quickly,
This means that my advocacy for workers, and WCB changes will again be stronger than ever.
Always remember my passion for change at the WCB, and representation of workers is my priority.
Unfortunately, life sometimes gets in the way for progress in a timely manner and it does not mean that I am going anywhere
soon. Lots to do before I am done.
Remember that the challenge is not to create stress rather to deal with it positively and resolve the issues
Onward we go together dealing with your injuries and WCB issues. It is nice to be back and to deal with all your questions about WCB.
WHEN YOU HIRE ME AS A WCB REPRESENTATIVE, YOU MUST ADVOCATE FOR YOUR DOCTOR TO ENSURE THAT ALL THAT CAN BE DONE TO HELP YOU THROUGH THE MEDICAL PROCESS IN THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AND WCB MEDICAL PROCESS.
WHEN SHOULD YOU START ADVOCATING FOR SERVICES, TESTING AND SECOND OPINIONS?
The Canadian Medical Care System may be the cost effect benefit to Canadians, but is it the best?
Your doctor's education and experience does not provide him/her with the compassion, wisdom and common sense that may be needed, Whether it be a work related injury or a illness, health care is your right. Timely assistance is critical in many It does not mean that the Health Care is doing the right thing for you. WCB is not the only way to have d services that may save your life. Your advocacy is required to speed the process up in critical situations.
PHYSICIANS HIPPOCRATIC OATH:
"Practice two things in your dealings with disease: either help or do not harm the patient".
People should have greater control over what happens to their own bodies.”
By being involved in your own health advocacy you will gain knowledge.
I believe in luck and fate and I believe in karma,
that the energy you put out in the world comes back to meet you.
Knowledge and positive attitude is power. Be the energy behind your own healing.
The government has completed their review. I have attempted to followup with the Labour Minister regarding the WCB changes and the laws. WCB is making their own policies and using the opportunity to tighten policies rather than paying attention to the concerns brought forward with the Government review.
The decision makers have little experience more so then ever in the past.
The attitude is "just say no" within the WCB decision makers.
Appeals are less than ever, and workers are NOT utilizing their right to appeals.
I believe WCB staff are better than ever convincing themselves that a good letter template can resolve an appeal. This should not be the case and use your right to appeal to the Appeals Commission. Do not back down.
DO NOT MISS DEADLINES
The NDP promised change. Prior to the election Rachel Notley was a supporter of injured workers rights I now give my thanks and respect to the Labor Minister Christina Gray and her staff.
The Government in introducing Bill 30 changes to address health and safety of workers has also recommended changes to the Alberta Workers Compensation Board Act. This is a step in the right direction and it is positive for workers covered by the Alberta Workers Compensation Board.
For several years I have continued to fight for significant changes in legislation to deaf ears in the Government and the Workers Compensation Board (WCB) and its Board of Directors. Although I have questions about some of the recommendations, major changes by the Government going forward that CAN NOT be manipulated by the WCB will be; a 2 year window to appeal decisions, compensation payable with no cap on wages, and changes when a fatality of a worker occurs This means immediate payment to the family of $90772.20 and all services to widows will be equal. These changes have no open window for WCB to argue. I truly feel my years of voicing concerns in these major important areas have been addressed, although a 5 year window to appeal would have been most reasonable.
The Government will be creating a "Fair Practice Office." Does that mean the Office of the Appeals Advisors (OAA) will no
longer be on the WCB payroll and WCB pensions?
I am concerned about the rules and regulations surrounding this new office and jurisdiction of the Fair Practice office. The current flaws that were not addressed with the WCB management have now forced the Government to remove the department from the WCB. My reason for concern is that the Government has no jurisdiction over the WCB and the decisions. That is why they have a "Government relations Liaison" at the Workers Compensation Board to contact when the government has concerns. The recommendations from the Government regarding the Fair Practice office I understand will address only appeals to the Appeals Commission not internal WCB issues. The front end decisions at the WCB are the root of the errors and missed appeal issues. I will be interested in seeing the transition of the roles and the jurisdiction to address issues at the WCB level.
Injured workers going forward will still need to fight for compensation due to the culture that cannot be changed by the Government. The WCB so easily creates policy that leaves the ability to minimize financial impact on employer accounts rather adequately compensation workers.
The Alberta Government and the Minister of Labor have taken the steps to attempt to address vocational issues on claims that are related to "fake jobs" used for estimating earnings. My opinion is that this attempt will NOT be well handled at the WCB and the window to create new policies internally and limit services to help injured workers will remain the WCB focus.
Other changes to the system include recommendations for young workers compensation, termination of employment, health benefits paid by the employer for 1 year, medical panels workers right to chose from a list of WCB doctors and the Appeals Commission
There will always a reason to dispute claims decisions and benefits and services provided to injured workers. The WCB will remained a flawed system with differing opinions and loop holes to climb through.