File a Worker’s Initial Report of Injury (W1)
What qualifies as a work injury?
A work injury is the result of any work-related event that causes a need for medical treatment and/or time away from work. The WCB considers each work injury on an individual basis, but in most cases compensation would apply to injuries that occur while a worker is at work, on company premises or on company business. This includes an occupational disease caused by work.
To complete the W1 form, you need the following:
Your birth date
Your social insurance number
Your provincial health services card number
Your employer’s name, address and phone number
The name of the health care provider who is treating your injury
Participate with your employer, caregiver and us in setting up an appropriate and safe return-to-work plan. The plan usually includes treatment, employment services and suitable work duties.
For information on process, see our Recovery and Return to Work brochure.
What happens next
Effective claims management must involve not only us, but also employers, workers and caregivers, in a cooperative relationship. We use a proactive case management system to maximize early treatment, safe return to work, and provide superior customer service.
Claims are immediately sorted to focus attention on injuries with complications or those of a more serious, longer-term nature.
Established recovery schedules, time lines and standards result in prompt treatment and return-to-work.
Medical treatment and return-to-work activities run at the same time.
Treatment, physical rehabilitation and return-to-work plans are continuously monitored to ensure the worker’s progress to recovery and return to the workplace.
Be sure to stay in contact with your employer throughout the entire process.
If you disagree with a decision
If you or your dependents disagree with a decision we make on your injury claim, you have several review and appeal options available.
To check on the status of your claim, sign up for a WCB Online Account.