WorkSafe BC Legislative Change:

Bill 23 was recently passed in BC with several minor changes to how workers compensation is administered. One change that we noticed that may add some costs to an employer’s account is that: “preventative health care can now be provided on pending claims, if the medical evidence supports that without such services or supplies, the worker is at risk of a significant deterioration in health.”  This means that in some circumstances WorkSafe BC will be obligated to pay for medical treatment before a claim is adjudicated and that those costs will still be seen on the employer’s claims cost experience in the event that the claim is ultimately denied. While this should not be a common occurrence, we will be watching our clients’ denied WorkSafe BC claims closely to see whether any claims costs incurred are truly necessary and are reasonable.