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"The first duty of the WCB is to treat injured workers fairly. The failure of WCB to pay these disabled workers their allowances is a breach of the WCB's responsibility of fairness under the legislation." -
Alex Taylor - (Injured Worker's Advocate)

WCBs Erect Barriers To The Disabled:

Barriers to Receiving Special Needs Allowances.

Story covered by CBC's "Morning Edition" Wednesday, January 10, 2007 - " Fairness for workers. That's something a Saskatoon man says is in short supply at the Workers Compensation Board. He says the board is neglecting to pay injured workers all their benefits."

WCB is shortchanging disabled workers of special needs allowances.

Some examples are:
- Independence Allowance (for needs such as hiring snow removers, grass cutters etc.)
- Personal Care Allowance
- Clothing Allowance
- Permanent Functional Impairment Allowance (one time payment)

Alex Taylor (injured workers consultant in Saskatchewan) says that thousands of injured workers are not receiving these allowances.

"I estimate that there are about 5000 - 6000 disabled workers in Saskatchewan alone who are not receiving proper benefits and their entitlements can range from $500 to $47,000 each depending on their case." - Alex Taylor

The problem, he says, is that injured workers are required to apply for these special needs allowances separately. However, WCB only advises them of these allowances by sending one pamphlet, and often, the worker is in hospital or otherwise indisposed when they receive it.

Because they miss the notification for one reason or another, there are thousands of disabled workers who don't even know about their entitlement to these allowances.

Injured worker:
" . . . we weren't even told anything about it and . . . for me, I have a young family and . . .
I have to hire people to do stuff for me and now at least I can afford to pay them to help me. If it's been a long term injury like the one I had, then you should be told about what you're entitled to, especially when it's a fairly severe one like mine . . . I have no use of my left hand at all."
- injured worker interviewed by CBC's James Parker on "The Morning Edition" January 10, 2007.

Alex Taylor says that he has already worked on over 500 cases in Saskatchewan on this one issue alone and that some have had to go to appeal four times before receiving the allowance.

James Parker, reporting on the CBC's "Morning Edition" says that, amongst the injured workers that Taylor has helped, they have collectively received over $750,000.00 in back pay and Taylor estimates that there could still be millions of dollars that are still owing to disabled workers in Saskatchewan.

George Rosenau (former head of the Workers Advocacy Office) says this could be easily fixed if the WCB would review the files of all disabled workers to see if they qualify for these allowances.

Peter Federko, CEO of the Saskatchewan WCB says:
"We do our level best to advise workers of all entitlements under the Workers compensation Act."


" . . . those people who believe that our purpose as an organization is to deny claims, I don't believe has any justification at all."

Meanwhile, disabled workers are going without.

To contact Alex Taylor in Saskatchewan, email: [email protected]

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