Ontario could see spike in mental stress claimsRequirement of physical threat when granting benefits eliminated in tribunal decisionBy Amanda Silliker01/30/2012|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/26/2012 Employers in Ontario may be seeing more workers’ compensation claims for traumatic mental stress benefits due to a recent decision by the province’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal (WSIAT). In the past, traumatic mental stress benefits were only granted when a claimant experienced a traumatic event that presented a real or implied threat to her physical well-being. Decision 483/11 held that a physical threat was not required, said Julie-Anne Cardinal, a lawyer at Heenan Blaikie in Toronto. “The decision is significant because it effectively widens the number of claims that can be made,” she said. “Before, it had to be a physical event that triggered it, but now what they’re saying is it doesn’t have to be a physical event… so this is widening the circumstances under which an employee might be able to get compensation.” To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.