"If there was ever an Alberta disadvantage crying out for
change, the WCB shield would be it."
By Bob Layton
this: Three employees of a scaffolding firm jumped into a company truck in
northern Alberta and went speeding down the road. 90 k in a 30K limit. The
truck, out of control, left the road. A young apprentice, belted into the back
seat suffered a crushed vertebrae. She was in a back brace for two months.
After the crash came word the driver and a passenger in the front seat were
smoking pot. They quit before they could be tested. They were not injured. The
driver has now been convicted of dangerous driving and fined two thousand
What does the injured young woman get?
Since she was
hurt on the job, she got some help from Worker's Compensation, but because she
was covered under Workers Comp, she can't sue the dangerous driver civilly for
her injuries. This unjust law protects the dangerous driver from being sued
even though convicted of a criminal offence, while at the same time giving the
innocent victim another boot to her already injured back, which is so damaged
she may not be able to have children.
If there was ever an Alberta
disadvantage crying out for change, the WCB shield would be it. Over to you,