No Evidence: A report by IAVGO Community Legal Clinic exposing the decision making of the WSIB through an indepth analysis of the Tribunal’s 2016 decisions. Released June 28, 2017. Read full report here.
Their four primary findings:
1. The Board regularly fails to listen to treating health care professionals about whether return to work is safe.
2. The Board has reversed benefits it had promised to the most vulnerable workers.
3. The Board wrongly denies compensation based on “pre-existing conditions.”
4. The Board targets workers with mental health conditions for denial of benefits and treatment, increased scrutiny and surveillance.
WSIB cutting costs at expense of workers' health, report says. Study, based on freedom of information requests to worker compensation board, notes there has been a significant cut in prescription drug benefits affecting thousands of injured workers a year. (Toronto Star, May 24, 2017)
Bad Medicine: A report on the WSIB's transformation of its Health Care Spending. co-authors Antony Singleton, IAVGO Community Legal Clinic. Read full report here.
May 15, 2017, Submissions to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs Re Bill 127 (Amendments to Workplace Safety and Insurance, 1997), Coalition submissions of Ontario Network of Injured Workers Groups, IAVGO Community Legal Clinic, Injured Workers’ Consultants, Antony Singleton, Ellen Lipes, Gary Newhouse, Michael Green, Peter Bird, ARCH Disability Law Centre, Health Care Professionals for Injured Workers, Injured Workers Action for Justice, Renfrew County Legal Clinic, The Legal Clinic, the Toronto Injured Workers’ Advocacy Group, West Toronto Community Legal Services (login to members page to read submissions).
The good, the bad and the ugly: the WSIB's draft chronic mental stress policy (Antony Singleton, Just Compensation, May 10, 2017)
Bill 127, Stronger, Healthier Ontario Act (April 27, 2017), Government proposes changes to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act that remove the bar to chronic mental stress claims.
Dr. Carol Parrott is interviewed on Ontario Morning (CBC January 12, 2017)
Interview starts at 21 minutes.
Doctor sues WSIB employer after refusing to change medical opinion. Dr. Brenda Steinnagel alleges she was fired after refusing WSIB's demands to revise her medical opinion on a hospital security guard's claim (Toronto Star, April 21, 2016)