For the worker to recover in a timely and effective fashion, the co-operative efforts of the injured worker, treating healthcare practitioners as well as the WCB and its agents are generally required. Notwithstanding the recognition that in most instances the actions taken, or not taken, in the recovery process of an injured worker are appropriate, the WCB has a responsibility to clarify the responsibilities of all those involved.
Section 22 of the Worker's Compensation Act stipulates that an injured worker must not persist in insanitary or injurious practices or refuse to submit to reasonably essential medical or surgical treatment. An amendment effective January 1, 1992 adds that the worker should not "fail to mitigate the consequences of the accident." These sections create a requirement and expectation that the worker should be a full participant in attempting to ensure full and timely recovery from the effects of the compensable accident. The worker should co-operate with healthcare professionals as well as the Worker's Compensation Board in all aspects of his/her recovery. The worker should undertake to inform both healthcare professionals and the WCB of any developments that might have a negative effect on recovery and take steps alone and in concert with both of these to address such problems.