“No Evidence” Report Launch and Organizing Discussion
Wednesday, June 28, 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm.
55 University Avenue, Toronto, 14th Floor, Room H1
The WSIB claims that drastic reductions in benefits costs are the result of improved “return to work and recovery” programs. The 2016 decisions of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal tell a different and troubling story. Appeals Tribunal decision-makers have commented that the WSIB’s decisions are “unreasonable” in ignoring the “unanimous opinions” of doctors, are based on “not a single word of medical or other reliable evidence”, and would place the worker at “medical risk”. In our recent report Bad Medicine, we analyzed the WSIB’s own health care statistics and found that the Board has been cutting benefits without improving health care outcomes for workers. In No Evidence, we expose consistent and stark findings from the WSIAT’s case law that highlight WSIB’s bad-faith decision making. These findings echo what workers have been saying for several years: the WSIB is cutting benefits in spite of the evidence, not because of it. *TTC Tokens and light snacks will be provided. Copies of the report will be available. Voluntary donations for the report will be accepted for the Ontario Network of Injured Workers Groups. Please note that this is a scent-free event.
These are some of our most troubling findings:
|110 appeals||The Tribunal decided that the Board had failed to respect the medical advice of the worker’s treating physicians about return to work|
|175 appeals||The Tribunal decided that the Board had made a decision was contrary to all, or all discussed, medical evidence|
|75 appeals||The Tribunal decided the Board had denied benefits based on “pre-existing” issues without adequate evidence|
|28 appeals||The Tribunal decided that the Board had wrongly reversed a worker’s entitlement to full loss of earnings payments|
|38 appeals||The Tribunal decided that the Board had wrongly reduced the worker’s permanent impairment award based on “pre-existing” issues|
|81 appeals||The Tribunal decided that the Board ‘s decision was made without any supporting evidence|