Not much happens waiting for replies, especially when you’re waiting for CPP or WSIAT. Government processes are slow and there is very little that can be done.
The WSIAT Appeal Board has responded to my advocate’s request for an appeal and of course it was denied. I will be posting that letter itself soon but the basic premise is that they don’t want to believe the specialist from the Ontario Health Clinics for Ontario Workers. Admittedly it was disappointing but not wholly unexpected.
In the midst of everything, my advocate, Stan Gray retired. As one of the most dedicated advocates for injured workers in the Hamilton area, Stan’s energy will definitely be missed. For myself, I would like to take this opportunity to express my thanks to Stan for years of dedicated service in defending injured workers and their rights. He will be sorely missed in the Hamilton area, as he was one of the best! I know he will be interested in the final outcome of this and I will definitely keep him informed of our progress.
My new advocate is a wonderful young woman and on her advice, I’ve decided that I’m not going to leave the company’s employment just yet. Last year I had asked ArcelorMittal Dofasco to sever me and a year later they still haven’t responded and I am now eligible to retire! Yet at 53 years of age any monies saved won’t last very long and the fact that there has been no income for the last three years will greatly affect any payouts from the company. So we have decided to fight for my Long Term Disability and the rest of my benefits while waiting to go back to WSIAT for another decision. So we will fight and wait for a date from WSIAT which looks like it will be mid to late 2016 and if they follow suit from the previous tribunal hearings it could be 2017 before they reach a decision.
Like I’ve said … waiting for the government can be very slow and extremely frustrating!
CPP Disability has also responded with a denial, again not unexpectedly. We’ve begun the early appeals process and will more than likely end up before their tribunal panel some time in the future. I suspect that they are no quicker in their system than WSIAT is, so again it’s another process to add to the long wait.
On a brighter note, my family doctor has finally agreed to send a referral to the sleep disorder clinic to ensure I am getting sufficient oxygen when I sleep, and we are actively working on referrals to a pain specialist and looking at other options to deal with the pain. Finally! It’s only been 4 years.
As you can see there isn’t a lot to do in the intervening time, except wait. It is a frustrating system to be sure but I will trust in the future and in a somewhat just system.