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You have the right to report any workplace injury or disease. If, at the time you're injured, you need an ambulance or transportation from your workplace to your doctor's office or the hospital, your employer is required to pay those costs.
It is the law for your employer to report any workplace injury or disease to WorkSafeBC. Telling you not to report an injury or disease, or even trying to talk you out of reporting to WorkSafeBC, is against the law.
If your claim or an aspect of your claim is not accepted by WorkSafeBC, we will send you a letter explaining the reasons and a brochure explaining the appeal process. If you don't understand the decision or the reasons behind it, contact the WorkSafeBC staff member who wrote the letter. You have a right to appeal a claim if you still object to the decision.
You have a right to see your WorkSafeBC claim file and all records about your claim at any time. Your claim file and its contents will not be disclosed to anyone unless you request it. However, if you or your employer begin an appeal, your file becomes available to both of you. You may request a copy of information in your claim file and other information about you that may be located apart from your claim file.
There are several ways to get advice or make complaints:
If you're injured on the job and the cause was someone who is neither a worker nor an employer, you can choose to sue for damages rather than claiming compensation from WorkSafeBC. However, you cannot sue an employer or a fellow worker. To learn more, read the Workers' compensation and injury lawsuits FAQs. Still have questions? Contact your nearest WorkSafeBC office.
If your injury is the result of a crime, you may be able to apply for
crime victim assistance. For information, call the Ministry of Public
Safety and the Solicitor General's toll-free victims information line
at 1 800-563-0808.