Ontario WSIB facing fraud allegations

Doctor alleges WSIB asked her to change medical opinion to avoid payout
By Liz Foster
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/16/2015

A lawsuit filed against Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is alleging the unlawful dismissal of Brenda Steinnagel, a doctor, is indicative of a broader pattern of fraud within workers’ compensation. 

Before she was fired, Steinnagel worked for Workplace Health & Cost Solutions (WHCS) in Vaughan, Ont. Steinnagel provided medical consultations to assist WSIB case managers in adjudicating claims. Steinnagel consulted on claims to determine whether workers’ injuries were connected to a workplace accident and, therefore, eligible for benefits.