What to Do When You’re Injured at Work in British Columbia?
Getting injured at work can happen unexpectedly. The records based on WorkSafeBC show that workplace injuries can happen to any employee. In 2020 based on WorkSafeBC, about 59% of workers injured are male, and 41% are female. The average age of injured workers was 42. In addition, about 12% of the injured workers are from ages 15-24, and about 23% are over the age of 55.
Interestingly, based on WorkSafeBC, there are about 128,274 workplace injuries reported on them in 2020. They have received about 45,261 new short-term disability claims, with the first payment arriving an average of 17.8 days after the worker became eligible for wage-loss compensation. The following industry subsectors had the greatest claims for lost work time:
- General Construction – 15%
- Health care and social services -17%
- Retail services – 10%
- Accommodation, food, and leisure services – 8%
- Other services – 9%
- Other industries – 41%
Workplace injury contributed to too many days of work missed by employees or workers in B.C. In 2020, records show that people in B.C missed about 3.5 million days of work due to work-related injuries and diseases. In the same year, WorkSafeBC recorded about 151 work-related death claims. Among the serious injury claims by injury type:
- Fracture – 43%
- Laceration – 19%
- Concussion – 13%
- Contusion – 8%
- Back Strain – 3%
- Amputation – 3%
- Other Strains – 3%
- Dislocation – 2%
- Mental disorders – 1%
- Other -5%
So, what can you do if you have experienced a workplace injury or disease? What you can do to get quick recovery care?
Experiencing a workplace injury can be stressful, and you don’t know what to do next. In addition, you may haven’t realized that you are entitled to a worker’s insurance paid by your employers. It can provide you access related to recovery, income loss, or even permanent disability benefits.
Below, we have listed the easy steps you can follow when you experienced a work-related injury.
1. Notify your employer right away if you are injured at work.
Remember that your employer is responsible for providing necessary first aid and transporting you to a hospital, clinic, or medical facility if needed. Informing your employer immediately is a must so that he or she can record the incident and it will be properly documented.
If you need to be off at work, you must notify your employer. Having open communication with your employer is also essential so you can notify what you can do next after your recovery and with your return-to-work plan.
2. Seek medical help or see your physician.
Your doctor will advise you on what type of treatment to apply and may refer you to other health professionals such as physiotherapists.
If your doctor is referring you to other health professionals, make sure to ask him to indicate the type of service you need for your recovery from a workplace injury. Remember, this is essential, especially when WorkSafeBC will need to validate your claim.
In addition, remember to ask about your modified work duties or activities such as exercises you may perform at home to aid your recovery. Also, always inform your healthcare provider if you have been injured at work.
3. Report your workplace injury to WorkSafeBC
If you are recovering from a workplace injury, you may be entitled to compensation and support with WorkSafeBC.
If you have been absent from work due to workplace injury, you need to call WorkSafeBC Teleclaim. Their staff will need to get your information. They can also help you to answer your queries, especially about the claim. However, if you haven’t missed work but sought medical treatment, they will recommend you to report it online. Please check the information you will need to complete before reporting your injury.
By getting a claim under WorkSafeBC, you can focus more on your recovery and no more stress on thinking about the cost of your treatment.
While every situation may vary, in most cases, the health care compensation under WorkSafeBC may start immediately. In terms of compensation for lost wages, it will start with the first regular shift missed.
You may also contact them online to know more about your claim.
4. Contact Evergreen Rehab and Wellness, if you need a Physiotherapist that can help you with your recovery.
Evergreen Rehab and Wellness have registered physiotherapists that can help you to speed up your recovery from the workplace injury. They can also help you return to work safely as soon as possible without delaying any minute. In addition, they can help you by providing some exercises you can work at home and some preventive measures that help you avoid future injuries.
Evergreen Rehab & Wellness – Coquitlam, currently accepts patients with active WorkSafeBC claim seeking physio care. You may contact us via the following:
- Call us at 604.449.5859.
- You may also visit our Coquitlam Clinic – #100C-504 Cottonwood Ave, Coquitlam, BC – located inside the Burquitlam Medical Center next to Oh Pharmacy and Burquitlam Medical Clinic.
- You may send us an email at [email protected].
Do you need a Registered Physiotherapist to Get Back on Track for your recovery?
Contact us today to start your physiotherapy treatment in Coquitlam and surrounding areas. Inform us about the details of your injury.
Our physiotherapists are using a holistic approach wherein each treatment starts with a thorough assessment. Then, they will create a custom treatment plan suited for your condition. This treatment plan will focus on your healing, strengthening, and recovery. Our main goal is always to help you maximize your recovery and return to your work safely.
In addition, we are not only accepting patients under WorkSafeBC, we also accept patients with an active claim under ICBC. Evergreen Rehab & Wellness – Coquitlam is a multi-disciplinary clinic, we do not only provide Physiotherapy, but we are also providing best-in-class Coquitlam Chiropractic, Registered Massage Therapy, Acupuncture, Kinesiology, Naturopathic Medicine, and Clinical Counselling. Also, we are accepting patients with extended health benefits under major injuries.
If you have more questions about how we can help you with a workplace injury, contact us today. We are here to answer your queries, especially when it is about maximizing your recovery. In addition, we can help not only with recovery but also in preventing further work-related injuries.