Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Plight of the Injured Worker...

If you read yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, you'll know that what I wrote about pertained to the plight of the injured worker.

You may be wondering why I would have an interest in this subject.  Well, the long and short of it, is that I am an injured worker.

Like many who are fighting today's system, I was a person who was injured through no fault of my own. 

Although my injury claim was accepted many years ago, for the bus collision I was involved in, I was not treated right by the very system that was originally set up to help me.  Nor, did I receive treatment that should have assisted me in healing.  Talk about injustice!

I praise God that He provided for me, for if He had not provided I wonder how I would have survived.  Well, okay; not just me, but my family, too!

The fact is, I was told I 'fell through the cracks' of the system; I was not retrained and was not pensioned, even though I received life-long suffering from injuries from being hit by a truck, while driving the school bus, years ago.  The contact I had with WCB/WSIB was enough to almost cause me a nervous breakdown. 

Recently, I was asked to tell someone about my situation.  My reply was that if I was to do this, I would need to write a book.  After giving it much thought, I may just do this.

Okay, that's enough of that, at least for now.

Meanwhile, there are many who need to be lifted up in prayer, encouraged and supported.  That's why I speak up, now.

There was a time, when I could not do this.  Speak up, I mean.  In fact, there was a time when I couldn't even think about WCB/WSIB, because just thinking about what I experienced was too much to bear.

Today, a friend sent me this link:

Hopefully, you'll watch the video.  While the video is about Edmonton, Alberta's injured workers, the place truly makes no different.  You see, it matters not which province the injured worker lives in, it seems that all go through the same troubles.

Here is another link, but this one is for

This is a LINK to an article that appeared in The Windsor Star, on Tuesday, February 28, 2012; the day after the meeting.  While I appreciate the fact that the newspaper featured the article, in my opinion, it did nothing to explain why injured workers fear WSIB changes. 

I will try to explain this in as few words as possible.  Well, here goes!

One of the problems that was discussed in the meeting I wrote about yesterday, is the fact that a few years ago, WCB/WSIB reduced the fees payable by employers.  Drastically.  Close to one third (1/3), was saved by employers.  Too bad The Windsor Star didn't refer to this and some other facts, to educate the public.

While this may sound good, it was detrimental to the very system that needs to be self-supporting.

There is more to be said about this, but it will have to wait until tomorrow.

Until next time...

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