While much of this website deals with my personal struggle
with WCB, there's an abundance of information here that can benefit others. As of late, a fellow injured
worker/advocate and I have tackled WCB’s practice of deeming medicated workers “fit” for
employment, when they clearly are not (click here to read more).
I’ve also published an additional website advising injured
workers of their right to sue WCB adjudicators who abuse their authority (Case Managers, Voc. Rehab. Personnel, etc.). The
site pertains to an injured worker who sued several WCB employees, which WCB appealed all the way to the Supreme Court, and
lost. Readers will find relevant information, including court decisions, posted here.
By way of introduction my name is Thomas Brown and I’m
a 54-yr-old, single, disabled father of one. My daughter and I reside in Regina, Saskatchewan.
In 1997 I worked as a certified Utility Arborist, and had
been employed as such for some 16 years. In September of that year a significant change occurred to my work duties.
Instead of performing my regular duties of trimming trees with a chainsaw from a man lift (cherry picker), I was
required to trim them manually with a 30 foot tall 'Pole saw' while standing on the ground. It was at the precise
time of this work-duty change that I sustained serious injury to my neck.
I subsequently underwent 2 surgeries on my neck, the last
of which left me with a condition known as a "Brown Sequard" syndrome (little to no sensation on the left side of my body
- moderate to severe paralysis on the right). In addition to this I still have the severe chronic pain the surgeries
were meant to relieve. Consequently I am now permanently disabled, and unemployable.
Regardless that my injury
was fully supported by my employer, my primary physician, neurosurgeon, 2 radiology specialists, as well as peer-reviewed
medical journal evidence, the Board at WCB has denied my work injury claim. The Board has in fact rejected
any and all evidence supporting my work injury, including medical evidence they themselves obtained. Moreover
when consulting their own medical advisor, key information such as the significant change in work duties was deliberately withheld
from their physician in order to obtain an opposing medical opinion/report.
Following this introduction is a link to the most recent of
several appeals I've filed over the years. In it I provide evidence that not only nullifies the reasons used
to deny my claim, but confirms the Board's handling of my case has been deliberate, dishonest, and biased.
Ultimately this evidence confirms that I’ve been denied the very coverage that WCB legislation is intended to provide.
Upon your review of this appeal I'm more than confident you'll find the same.
Following my appeal (same page) is the Board’s corresponding
decision, which took 8 full months to render. While this in itself may seem unremarkable, the extraordinary part is that
the Board did not address a single appeal issue. Considering it was they who had initially raised these issues and denied
my claim as a result of them, this would have to be the most blatant example of the injustice surrounding my case.
My primary purpose in creating this website is to expose WCB
corruption, and the government’s willingness to allow it. If you are interested in reviewing my most recent correspondences
with various government officials (including the Minister Responsible for WCB), you can choose from those officials
listed on the navigation bar (left).
I’m only one of countless injured workers that fall
victim to such treatment, and I urge others to set up similar websites to this (click here to learn how). Explain your circumstances and promote your websites by submitting your URL (web address) to various web
search engines, government officials, media, injured worker forums, and of course WCB. Above all, “Don’t give
up”. Our families deserve better, and we deserve to have our dignity restored – dignity WCB stripped us of.
I welcome any and all comments or suggestions readers
may have, which can be left (anonymously if you prefer) in my Guestbook. I am also willing to provide help and advice to fellow injured workers in similar situations. Please feel
free to either Contact Me for this assistance, or visit my Self-Help / Solutions page for valuable information. You'll also find additional resources listed on my Links page.
Readers will find my latest appeal here
All My Websites:
“WCB: Your Right To
Sue” – Click here
“Saskatchewan WCB Breach Of Privacy” – Click here
Party: Broken Promises & Cover-ups” – Click here
"Appealing the Saskatchewan Workers Compensation Board" – Click here