Notice of termination of benefits

The WSIB responded to the Commission’s inquiry about the length of notice a worker received about a change in his benefits.

A worker had been receiving full benefits since 2005 and also had a 22 per cent NEL (permanent impairment award) for his back injury. His treating physician referred him to the Commission when the WSIB terminated his benefits.

In April 2010 the worker’s case manager called and told him that he was now considered to be at his pre-accident level of impairment and thus his benefits were terminated. The worker received the decision letter May 3. His last benefit cheque covered him until May 12.

Following the Commission’s inquiry about the short notice, the manager decided to extend the worker’s benefits for another five days, paying him up to May 17.