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What does work-related mean?

To get compensation, your injury, disease or death must be work related.

This sounds straightforward. And often it is.

But not always.

Imagine a gymnast who injured their neck dismounting from the parallel bars as a teen. Then, as a adult carpenter, developed debilitating neck pain while carrying lumber on a job.

Work-related? Or not?

Well, this is where good, accurate information becomes critical. And that’s why we urge workers to report all injuries as quickly as they can – good information makes a difference.

So, specifically, what does work-related mean?

Well, the injury must have been caused by your employment. And it must be linked to your job in terms of time, place and activity. That is, be a direct result of something you did while doing your job.

This is very important in determining whether your claim is accepted, or not.
You can find the legal definitions at section 17 of the Yukon Workers’ Compensation Act .

We presume if an injury arises out of employment, then it arose in the course of employment. And vice versa.

However, if it is shown (this doesn’t mean “proven”) with sufficient evidence that the injury did not arise out of employment, or in the course of employment, then it is not work related. And you will not be compensated.