How and when must I report a workplace injury or accident?
Question & AnswerHow and when must I report a workplace injury or accident?
1. Find out what to do if you miss the 6-month deadline
If you missed the 6-month deadline, you should still file your claim with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) and explain why you didn't file it earlier.
To file a form or document means giving it to the WSIB and following the rules about how to do this.
If you missed the deadline or the WSIB won't let you file your claim because it's late, get legal help right away.
Extending the deadline
The WSIB can extend the deadline for filing your claim if:
- you're waiting to hear if you can sue someone instead of claiming WSIB benefits
- you're not physically or mentally able to fill out the Worker's Report of Injury/Disease (Form 6) and to give the health professionals who treat you permission to report on your abilities to your employer and the WSIB
- a law changed and now you might be able to get a benefit that you couldn't get in the past
- you made a claim for benefits in another province by mistake
- your employer didn't file an Employer's Report of Injury/Disease (Form 7) and forced you not to file a Form 6
Extending the deadline for “exceptional circumstances”
The WSIB can also extend the deadline for filing if something exceptional happens in your life, for example:
- you or a close family member have an accident or serious health problems
- you had to leave the province because a family member was sick or died
- you didn't understand that there were deadlines or what would happen if you didn't meet them
- you told your employer, a health-care professional, or co-worker about your accident, but didn't know that you also had to report it to the WSIB
Giving the WSIB a good reason
The reasons listed above are just examples of when the WSIB might extend the deadline.
The WSIB can consider other reasons as well. But, you need to give them a good reason why you didn't file your claim on time.