Post No Evil: How to Use Social Media Wisely When You’re a WSIB Claimant

When dealing with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, or WSIB, the things you say will most certainly be used against you. It's important to practice discretion when you're pursuing a claim or you're a recipient of benefits.

Protect yourself and your case by following some rules:

Behave as if you are always being watched.

Of course this sounds like the rantings of a paranoid adviser, but the fact is, investigations of WSIB claimants are increasing. Internal documents from the WSIB reveal that injured workers are being monitored and investigated based on some rather strict and possibly discriminatory red flags, such as seeing a chiropractor first, having language problems, and going through frequent changes of address and phone number.

While attorneys debate the finer points of this profiling of injured workers, it is a reality. So watch what you say on social media and other platforms about your activities and lifestyle. Of course, if you are only seeking benefits for a true injury, you shouldn't lose your right to a life, but outsiders will be easily misled into thinking you're fit to work if you're constantly bragging online about going on hikes or babysitting the grand kids.

Don't let frustration jeopardize your claim.

If you're fed up with the WSIB system, and angered by trying to live with too little, too late, please remember that you're not alone. This is what lawyers are for, so if you think you've been treated unfairly, use the law rather than your temper to try to change the situation.

No matter how angry you get, don't lash out or make statements that could be perceived as threats. Keep a journal instead, where you write down all of your finest thoughts about unfairness. Call and vent to your attorney if you suspect you may go off on a WSIB official. They'll calm you down and suggest better ways to raise awareness about injured workers.

Use social media to promote the plight of all injured workers.

When 2 disabled workers from Ontario decide to bike 600 km to raise awareness about the 320,000 Canadians injured while on the job each year, it should be part of your social media feed. Laws aren't changed by cursing at politicians, but by steady pressure and advocacy of rules that help disabled and injured workers.

You don't have to attend protest marches if your knees are bad. You can protest from your home computer or your phone. Just be positive and honest when you communicate. Remember that your mission is calling attention to WSIB problems in order to change laws, not merely to shame individuals. Your attorney, one like Yormak & Associates, should know about new proposals and initiatives involving WSIB benefits, and will advise you on which legislators to contact to advocate for injured workers.