Hurt at work? Do you need to report an injury to the Workers’ Compensation Board? Did they already deny your claim? Our Halifax workers’ compensation lawyers can answer your questions and give you a plan. Call 902-800-8336 for a free case review.
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Reporting a Workplace Injury
If you are hurt at work, you must report the injury to your employer and the Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia (WCB). Once you tell your employer, they have 5 days to report your injury to the WCB. You should complete the injury report together with your employer.
However, if your employer doesn’t cooperate, then you must file your own injury report with the WCB. It’s important that you don’t miss any deadlines that apply to you. We can look at your situation and identify any deadlines with our free case review.
Even if you don’t think the injury will be serious, you need to report it. Sometimes your injury can get worse over time. If you didn’t report it immediately, then others will think you are lying when you report it months later when your injury has gotten worse.
Some employers and unions will pressure you to NOT report the injury. Or, they will push you to apply for EI sickness payments, short-term disability, or long-term disability instead. They do this because it’s in their best interests.
It is always in your best interest to report the injury. But, we understand it can be stressful to go against the wishes of your employer or union. Contact us for a free case evaluation. We can represent you on a no-win, no-fee basis and file the injury report on your behalf. You will see big changes from your union or employer once you have one of our Halifax workers’ compensation lawyers behind you.
To read more in-depth about this, click below.
👉 Reporting a Workplace Injury in Nova Scotia: What you need to know
Appealing a Denial of Benefits
If WCB denies your injury claim, you have the right to appeal the claim decision. On the other hand, if the WCB approves your claim, your employer can also appeal to have that decision overturned.
You have to file your appeal within 30 days of receiving the decision. You do this by filing a Notice of Appeal to a Hearing Officer. Upon receiving your Notice of Appeal, the hearing officer will review the claim to consider your reasons given for disputing the decision. Then, the hearing officer issues a decision.
If you disagree with the Hearing Officer’s decision, you can appeal to the Workers Compensation Appeals Tribunal of Nova Scotia (WCAT). The WCAT is an independent tribunal (court) that specializes in workers’ compensation appeals.
An appeal to the WCAT must be filed within 30 days of receiving the Hearing Officer’s decision to continue to deny the claim. If you missed the 30-day deadline, it is possible to get an extension of time; however, this request must be handled very carefully. Call us 902-800-8336 at for a free case review before you take any steps to request an extension of time for your appeal. If you make a mistake with this request, you can lose your rights to compensation.
Once your appeal is filed with the WCAT, you have to get all final documents to them before they schedule your case for a hearing. A hearing is a court proceeding where a judge will review your claim. They will hear from you and your representative about why they should approve your claim. Both WCB and your employer’s representative also attend this hearing. Usually, they will both try to convince the judge to deny your claim.
How our Halifax Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Can Help You
We can help you in the following ways:
- explaining your rights and giving you a plan with our free case review
- identifying the red flags for why your claim was denied
- identify and get the medical evidence you need to prove your claim
- representing you in filing your Injury Report to WCB
- representing you in your appeal with the WCB Hearing Officer
- representation in your appeal to the Workers Compensation Appeals Tribunal
Frequently Asked Questions
We handle most claims on a contingency fee basis. This means there are no up front costs and you only pay us if we win. Depending on your situation, our fee will be a percentage of the funds paid to you, or a fixed fee agreed upon in advance. Either way, you only pay if we win and you get money from WCB. Therefore, we have a major financial incentive to win your case.
Yes. The Nova Scotia government offers free legal services through a legal clinic called the Workers Advisors Program. They can represent you if you have a claim denial and meet their criteria. If you qualify, the representation they provide is free. The employees at the clinic are public sector workers who are paid regardless of the outcome of your claim. Employers also have the option to access free legal services to dispute your claim, but most will hire their own lawyers.
No. If you choose to hire your own lawyer, you are responsible to pay any legal fees and expenses the lawyer charges. There is no reimbursement for legal fees or expenses.
We place a priority on getting you results as fast as possible. However, it can take months for appeals or hearings. Delays can be caused by difficulty in getting needed medical information, or because the WCAT is backed up in assigning hearing dates.
There is no best workers compensation lawyer. In fact, lawyers in Nova Scotia are not allowed to call themselves “the best”. Some lawyers will rely on legal awards to imply they are the best. You should take these rewards with a grain of salt. Some awards are really more based on a popularity contest and some are just paid endorsements. Legal Regulators have been cracking down on lawyer awards because they can be misleading to the public.
Why Hire Resolute Legal’s Workers’ Compensation Lawyers?
We only get paid if we win your claim, so we have a huge financial incentive to win your case. You would be getting a firm that focuses exclusively focuses on disability claims — it’s all we do.
We offer a 45-day Satisfaction Guarantee. So, if you are not 100% satisfied within the first 45 days of hiring us, you can walk away with no charges or questions asked.
We also have a Fair Fee Guarantee. This means that we follow the Rules of Professional Conduct to ensure the contingency fee we charge is fair. We reduce the fee percentages or fixed fee amount when necessary to make sure the fee is fair and reasonable. If you still have concerns, we arrange to have a Court Officer review our fee, at no charge to you. The court officer can agree with the fee or reduce it to make it fair. You are then charged the fee approved by the Court Officer.
We can’t accept the cases of everyone who hires us, but please contact us for a free case review. We can explain your options and determine if we can represent you on a no-win, no-fee basis.
Call us 24/7 at 902-800-8336 for a free case review or fill out the form on this page.