If you’ve been seriously injured on the job, we’re here to help you. You can get support from the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB). Feel free to share this information with your family or anyone else who’s helping you.
A catastrophically injured worker is someone who sustains a life-threatening injury or an injury that results in a permanent loss of function or significant disfigurement. These types of injuries can be physical and/or psychological in nature. A catastrophic injury may include, but is not limited to:
Immediate family members of catastrophically injured workers can include a spouse, parent, legal guardian, grandparent, child, grandchild or sibling.
Your main contact at the WCB will be the case manager who handles your claim. This is someone you’ll get to know. Whenever you deal with your case manager or anyone else at the WCB, it’s a good idea to have your claim number handy.
Any time you have questions about your benefits — whether the WCB can fund an expense, what decisions have been made about compensation and rehabilitation, or if we might be able to help in any other way — ask your case manager.
No matter what the question, don’t hesitate. Just call.
In the weeks ahead, you may have questions about your care, benefits and other support that may be available to you and your family. Living with a serious injury is very difficult and when the injury is because of a sudden incident at work, it can be particularly tough and confusing.
The WCB is committed to helping you. As you embark on your road to recovery, the WCB has a range of services available to you.
To help answer some of your questions, here is some key information about:
Your care team – These are the people who are responsible for directing your care and giving you details about your condition. They include doctors, nurses, therapists and your team at the WCB.
Your WCB medical care benefits – While you're recovering, the WCB will cover the cost of medical treatments, equipment, prosthetics and drugs that have been recommended by your doctor or therapists.
Looking to contact the WCB's extended services unit? We're here to help.
A: No. The WCB is a no-fault system. That means if your claim is accepted, you will receive compensation no matter who was responsible for the incident – you, your employer or another worker.
A: No. The Workers Compensation Act, 2013 (the Act) prevents workers and employers from suing one another. However, employers may be subject to penalties if they violate the Act or The Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993. If employers don’t meet their legal obligations under the Act, Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) can:
A: All personal information held by the WCB is protected against unauthorized use or disclosure by The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Learn more about access to information and privacy concerns.
A: Yes. The WCB will deal with any representative that you authorize to act on your behalf. You can choose a family member, friend, union representative or someone else you trust. If you decide to choose a representative, you need to sign a letter of authorization addressed to your WCB case manager or fill out a form called Authorization Letter of Representation (WREP).
If you are unable to give authorization because of a medical condition, the WCB may provide the nearest relative with the information they need to help with your claim.