When is it ‘reasonable’ to request more medical information?

Safety of workplace a consideration when it comes to employee’s return to work

 In a recent decision, Donaldson and Western Grain By-Products Storage Ltd., the Federal Court of Appeal said it is "reasonable" to request more or better medical information when circumstances warrant that request.

The case involved an employee who left work at a grain terminal in Thunder Bay, Ont., in May 2007 complaining of abdominal pain and vomiting. He was hospitalized for about 10 days. A month after getting out of the hospital, he filed a claim with the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) saying the symptoms he experienced may have resulted from an allergic reaction to grain dust. This claim was dismissed.

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