Many workers return to work and then subsequently discover that their original injury has not healed. This policy establishes criteria which apply in those instances in order to determine a workers eligibility for recalculation of benefits.
The policy first establishes the difference between the new accident and the recurring effects of a previous injury. It then sets out the tests that determine if a worker's benefits should be recalculated in the event of a recurrence of the effects of a previous injury. Providing a consistent basis for differentiation, and thus the criteria for eligibility for recalculation allows the WCB to properly apply the provisions of the Workers Compensation Act in order to fairly compensate workers and to properly allocate costs in respect of the experience rating system.