Alberta Worker’s Health Centre

3rd Floor, 10512 – 122 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5N 1M6
T: (780) 486-9009
Toll Free: 1-888-729-4879
Fax: 780-483-7632

Developmental Disabilities Resource Centre

4631 Richardson Way SW
Calgary, AB
T: (403) 240- 7309

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  1. My name is Teresa and I am 54 year female kicked in the head by a 392 lb ostrich. I was denied long term disability after losing sight in my left eye, permanent whiplash, soft tissue damage and I am sure a severe concussion. The only thing they pay for are prescription glasses, no anti glare, no nothing special, just glasses. This was 20 years ago and let’s just say life is such a struggle fighting for yourself, family and your rights. I was injured at work, the employers abandoned me, WCB abandoned me and falling through the cracks at every turn is more than unsettling. I want my damn dignity back and I would love to have some standard of living that isn’t such a struggle at every moment of my life, what is left of it.

  2. I was attacked at work by another employee. He attacked me because he thought I had asked his girl friend, who was helping him, to help me move some doors. I was at the job work site location and performing my regular duties when he attacked me. When he realized his girl friend had helped me, and she did so of her own volition, He became crazy, swearing at both of us, threatening me, anad yelling at me. I told him I did not ask her to help me, that she came on her own, and I was not aware that she did not tell him. I asked him to ask her in front of me if I had asked her to help me. Instead he attacked me from behind shoving me forcefully causing my face and right shoulder to smash forcefully into the side of the front door frame the as i turned around to defend myself he shoved me forcefully again causing my lower vertebrae to impact the door knob, then as I was unbalanced and in pain he attacked me again jumping on top of me and smashing my body onto the hard wood floor with him on top of me causing my head neck left side ribs and back to impact the hardwood floor forcefully. I have a compound fracture in my lower spine, permanent damage severely bruised ribs, severely injured back muscles and neck muscles have very limited motion and rotation in my neck and back. I am unable to turn or twist my torso I cannot turn my neck or tilt it back I am unable to slide my hands down my sides very far I have back spasms nearly continuously. I am unable to lift much weight even walking is a struggle. My claim was not accepted based on the reason of section 1(1)(a). HOwever I was at the work location and I was performing my regular duties. I did not see the attack coming. I did not threaten the employee I did not ask the employee to fight I did not instigate the fight. And it was only myself, the other employee and his girl friend present. The Edmonton Community Legal Centre states that WCB is responsible to pay an injured worker, “regardless of whom or what caused the injury.” Are you or organization able to help me make a successful appeal. Please contact me by email

    1. The WCB act seems very clear here. “a chance event occasioned by a physical or natural cause”. This isn’t a workplace injury as defined by the act. It does, however, fall under the guidelines for Occupational Health and Safety, and as such your employer has (had) a responsibility to ensure your safety while at work. There seems to be sufficient grounds here to engage in a lawsuit against your employer. I would consult with a lawyer who specializes in this type of law to discuss your options.

  3. Workers that are in Alberta and whom are coming into Alberta should really think about what happens if they get hurt on the job. They are in for a lot of frustration, degradation and lose everything that they have ever work for. This is fact! With bureaucratic red tape and WCB Alberta protecting the injury fund at any cost, the injured worker does not have a chance. This I know from personal experience. The injured worker is a money maker even at their own appeal where as the people that sit on the board are paid for each and every appeal they attend. This is a set rate per person. The inhumane practices that the injured person has to endure is appalling. Animals have more compassion and understanding than humans. This is a fact. It is my hope that this new Alberta Government will make changes so we can all have a better quality of life in the future. So many people have been mistreated which effects the people that love them. Their family and friends. Some people have gone to extremes the past few years by either setting themselves on fire in front of WCB Alberta, walking in with a fire arm with intent to do harm, or commit suicide. This is all wrong. Why do things have to turn out this way before something is done. How many more lives have to be ruined or put to an end to stop the madness.

    1. i used to work for the meat plant in brooks Alberta more than 13 years .i get hurt(injured) to many times ,broken 3 ribs,crushed my right index finger,burn with 180 plus steam saturated water ,loosing hearing,broken left fumes bone and psychologically and so on .due to this i have lost my moral feel like i am not human being .wcb asked me to back there again but i can’t go back . i asking as wcb told me to pay me what i can capable doing job in calgary then thy will tap me the difference what i used to get before my injury but they don’t want is there any alberta govermet could help me to my my right

  4. We must unite together. October 21 is the day that Patrick went into WCB with a rifle. Injured workers and their families should picket out side WCB in a loud, respectful manner to show the public and the Government that enough is enough. October 21 is a Great Day to do so. We the people are the strong together.

  5. I was hurt at 21 as a union iron worker local 725. I had 3 tons of concrete fall on me from 40 feet up a lettter. I had a piece of my brain cut out and been abused by WCB since the accident in 1991. Money not given to me that is mine and been tortured. There not paying for my meds they been paying for years. Now I’m paying $800 a month for meds I need. I get talked down too. I’ve been kicked around from a accident that was not my fault. I HATE my worker with a passion and what they do to others not just me. I can’t work do to these injury’s so I’m a 10% which is the worse part you can be in. They rip me off plus the employer. The government let them. I feel like there nazis and I’m a Jew. It does not matter if you prove them wrong you just go back in line for first appeal. I think anyone that rushes them a hero because there just trying to get there story out and for other abuse workers like myself. We must keep fighting them or it will just continue. Fight on my fellow hurt workers. There will be a day they will listen.

  6. I am still fighting worksafe bc 38 years after a trucking accident left me with a amputated foot unbelievable that the people in this country don’t say a thing about this but yet the country spends billions of dollars helping foreighner ‘s out

  7. I have been asked to explain the role of the Alberta Government in the Alberta workers compensation system. The Alberta Government wears two hats in the workers compensation system, one as an employer and the other serving the interests of the public which obviously places them at odds or a conflict of interest as to which hat they are wearing when they enact legislation. It would be fair then to suggest that the Alberta Government does not represent the interests of workers.

    The Alberta Government appoints members of the WCB BoD which oddly enough consists of two members of the BoD representing workers, Thostenson and Nowicki, three members of the BoD representing employers, Hughes, McPherson and Ference, two members of the BoD representing the public, Harding and Herard and the Board Chair Kindrake.

    Amidst all of this is the fact that the WCB BoD’s primary responsibility is to protect the accident fund despite whose interests the WCB BoD’s represents. The protection of the accident fund thus becomes a priority and at the expense of workers whose benefits come out of the accident fund and is the reason why claims and benefits are routinely denied to ensure the economic benefits of low premiums for employers to entice employers to relocate to Alberta and to keep those employers doing business in Alberta to stay here.

    It is a known fact that Conservative Governments cater to the wishes and demands of employers as opposed to the NDP Government and Liberal Governments who believe that workers have the right to be paid fairly and the right to perform safe work no matter what the costs are to the employer. It remains to be seen whether the NDP Government will make changes that will benefit workers rather than to force tax payers to support disabled workers.

    At present I question why there are no workers on the BoD who are willing to fight for the rights of workers and go public on issues where the interests of workers are being out numbered by the other members of the BoD who are biased against workers and enact policies that make it difficult for workers to have their claims and benefits accepted.

    Gerry Miller

    1. I have a son who was hurt in an accident in Fort MacMurray almost 11 years ago.He was accepted for LTD.and now receives Disability CPP.It is Sad that Workmen Comp.Does not Accept all the Drs. and Specialist Letters and Forms confirming he cannot work.It,s just a scam.Job creation .He has gone through many appeals which they have said he deserves to be compensated …..BUT turn it back to WCb for a final decision…..Now what good is it to appeal if their decision doesn,t stand….It is rediculous and very degrading to have to live on 700.00 a month when that is impossible and have to depend on your mom to help and have a daughter thats trying to go to school, with no support from her father.Someone needs to step up to the plate and take responsibility for their actions.As we know the IME are paid to report whatever is needed said to protect wcb from paying the injured worker..this is disgraceful and somewhere someone should be responsible.This is a mother trying to retire and help her son…If he were to be compensated for his injuries he would be independent.This is a serious matters and to hire an Alberta lawyer they just take your money and run big scams!!!

      1. WCB is a “Quasi-judicial” entity.
        Means- our Provincial Government can ignore all concerns with WCBs complaints or (Lip Service) to Constituents.
        Only way to make our Government to make changes is Constant, On-going Steady Pressure from the public. Loudly not discretely. Exposing Facts, Documents and Medical Wittnesses.
        The global work market has monopolized this model to keep control of the Common Worker’s Rights upon a work place accident. I have researched this extensively.
        Our local MLAs are purely hear for lip service. If they chose to intervene on a Constituents issue pertaining to WCB would sink Thier career in the Government. Same goes as with our Premier.
        The Government has allowed WCB to have the Capability to operate with No Respect to the Natural Laws of Justice in Canada. With No Legal Repercussions.
        Disregard of the Laws? The year is 2017, Not 1917?
        Our Premier has been to many WCB meetings before she was elected as our Premier. She Knows the Blood Guilt of WCB. I hope she does not have to wash her hands. You Tube her.
        An Inquiry was rumored to be launched. Why? I think an Investigation in to Fact Based Wrongly Adjudicated WCB Claims would be more appropriate. Mine for example.
        I was Denied WCB from a work place Rig Accident that almost killed me. The reason.
        Intervening Cause. Picking up my 1.5 year old son was Now the causation for my injuries?

      2. I was hurt in 91 and scam after scam. Hurting me day after day. They just took away my pills which are 800 a month. I was union iron worker and had 3000 lbs of solid concrete fall on me 30 feet up a ladder. They now are taking away my pain pills and pills I need for the accident. Hang in there. It takes a lot of time but if your grounds are right you should win but it’s very tough. God bless and good luck
        Bill Elliott

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