The WCA has published a report comparing how 17 injured workers fare under the impairment guidelines that have been proposed by the Workers’ Compensation Board as compared to the current guidelines. The WCA found that:
- Five out of seventeen workers would receive no compensation for their permanent injury based on the IME’s assessment of their injury under the present guidelines. Under the proposed guidelines, fourteen out of seventeen workers would receive no compensation for their permanent injury. One worker would receive less than $50, bringing the operative number to fifteen out of seventeen.
- Of the two workers who would receive schedule loss benefits under the present guidelines, one award is reduced by about 75%.
- Only one out of 17 workers would receive benefits under the proposed guidelines that are comparable to the award under the current guidelines.
- Under the current guidelines, 15 out of 51 outcomes result in no compensation; 22 of 51 result in payment of $25,000 or less, and only 4 of 51 result in a payment greater than $50,000.
- Under the proposed guidelines, 42 out of 51 outcomes would result in no compensation; 5 of 51 result in payment of $8,000 or less (three of those being under $50); and 4 of 51 result in a payment greater than $10,000.
- Overall, under the present guidelines 36 of 51 outcomes would result in an award of at least $3,000, while under the proposed guidelines 45 of 51 outcomes would result in no or virtually no compensation.
- The average award under the current guidelines is $18,873.63, and the median is $8,000. The average award under the proposed guidelines is $3,023.29.
It is clear that the implementation of the proposed guidelines would have a devastating impact on compensation for injured workers.
The full report is available HERE.