What is covered under compensation?
Any injury, illness or disease that can be related to employment and causes a need for medical treatment and/or time away from work.
Who pays for my workers’ compensation?
If the injury was my fault, do I still get compensation benefits?
Yes, in most situations. However, if workers purposely injure themselves to receive compensation they would be disqualified.
Can I get information from my file?
You can review your file at the YWCHSB office under supervision.
Your can fill out a request form to receive a copy of your file to prepare an appeal.
Request forms are available at the YWCHSB office, or call 667-5645. You can pick up or have the form mailed to you.
When do compensation benefits begin?
Benefits start on the workday following the date of injury. There are two prime compensation benefits, medical and time loss earnings. YWCHS immediately pays all required health expenses. Financial compensation for time loss earnings begins based on the completeness and accuracy of information required.
How much compensation is a worker paid?
Compensation benefits are based on 75% of actual proven gross earnings, up to the maximum wage rate.
Are compensation payments taxable?
No, but benefits must be reported to Revenue Canada.
Will my employer be charged for any compensation costs, if I file a claim with Workers’ Compensation?
Establishing a claim does not impose additional costs for employers.
Is a worker entitled to benefits if the injury recurs?
If it is found the present problem results from the original injury, compensation may be paid.
Can injured workers choose their own doctors?
Yes. However, workers must not change doctors while receiving compensation with the approval of the YWCHSB.
What happens if I am left with a permanent impairment?
You may be entitled to an award for anatomical loss or disfigurement.
Who tells me when to return to work?
Usually your doctor. However, the YWCHSB may also do this, based on medical information.
Are travel expenses covered?
When workers are required to attend medical or rehabilitation services, exceptional costs for travel are covered. If the injured worker resides outside of Whitehorse and YWCHSB requires them to travel to Whitehorse, they will be paid travel expenses.
If a worker’s injury did not result in missed time from work, should they complete a Worker’s Report of Injury/Illness?
If an injured worker requires medical treatment off the worksite, and/or loses time from work, beyond the day of the injury, the worker and employer must each fill out and send to YWCHSB their respective Report of Injury/Illness.
Once an employer is made aware of a worker injury, the employer has a legal obligation to file their Report of Injury/Illness with YWCHSB within 72-hours.
If an injured worker requires only first aid treatment at the worksite, and loses no time from work, other than the day of the injury, the worker and the employer must each fill out and retain their respective Incident Report forms.