Overview

BC employers are subject to a “no fault” insurance system that compensates workers who are injured on the job, regardless of the cause. Administering these Workers Compensation claims can be complex, time-consuming, and expensive. This is an area where timely legal advice is key.

Harris & Company has one of the most respected and experienced Workers Compensation groups in BC and is widely recognized as a leader in this area.

When accidents happen, our role is to help to ensure you follow the appropriate protocols, and ultimately to reduce your costs. We ensure that you, as the employer, receive the most appropriate rate group classification. We help you to navigate entitlement issues, appeals, and transfer-of-cost applications to the Workers Compensation Board. These services are critical because a claim today can set a precedent (such as for payments and premiums) that can impact future claims. We also advise on accident investigation and reporting, return to work of injured employees, and employee absences and accommodation issues.

Our full services include:

  • Employers’ obligation to register;
  • Employer classification for assessment purposes, and experience rating;
  • Strategies to reduce insurance assessments;
  • Employer notification obligations regarding workplace injuries and occupational disease claims;
  • Workers Compensation claims adjudication and appeals;
  • Workers Compensation wage loss and permanent disability pension benefits; and
  • Applications for workers’ compensation claims cost relief;

We help to reduce claims through proactive accident prevention (such as review of policies and procedures, and training), and the development of effective claims management systems.

We are deeply familiar with the governing legislation in this area (the Workers Compensation Act). In fact, one of our practitioners helped to write it. We are also founding members of the Employers Forum and help to foster discussion on the latest developments and caselaw in this area. We’ve assisted clients in all sectors/industries including:

  • Forestry
  • Mining
  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Construction
  • Oil & Gas
  • Municipalities
  • Maritime
  • Insurance
  • Retail

In conjunction with our Occupational Health & Safety Group, we also help to identify trends in this area in the workplace and help employers to better prepare. By way of example, currently there is an increased emphasis on asbestos abatement, bullying and harassment, violence in the workplace, and claims of mental disorder. We can assist employers in understanding the potential impact of such claims, and how to put training and processes in place to help limit their occurrences.

Our knowledge of this area is thorough and deep. We are also adept at working with health and safety consultants, as part of your team of advisors.