What if my disability is work-related?

If your disability is work related, apply for workers compensation and DI benefits.

If you have an illness or accident causing disability which is work related, you may be entitled to Workers' Compensation benefits. These benefits are usually greater than any DI benefit you might receive.

Your HR section will handle your Workers’ Compensation application. While most Workers’ Compensation claims are processed quickly, it can take a while if you have to appeal. See  Question 5

If you need advice or representation for your Workers’ Compensation case, contact your local president, your component or your PSAC Regional Office.

Why should you also apply for DI benefits?

If you have an illness or accident causing disability which is work related, you may be entitled to DI benefits. Although these benefits will be reduced by any Workers’ Compensation benefit you receive, you should still apply for DI benefits in case your Workers’ Compensation claim is not approved.

This way, the Sun Life paperwork will already be done, which reduces delays.

Depending on the situation, Disability Insurance representation is done either by Component Service Officers, or PSAC Regional Representatives. If you need representation you should check with your component immediately and they will direct you to a union officer who will represent you. 

September 22, 2013
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