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Preparing a Written Submission FAQs

  1. How long do I have to prepare my written submission?
  2. After WorkSafeBC notifies you that online disclosure of the file is available, or if you do not have access to email, after WorkSafeBC sends you disclosure of the file, we will first ask the appellant for their written evidence and submission, which we must receive within 21 days. If your first language is not English, please have your written evidence and submission translated before sending them in to us because we do not translate documents.

    If you need more time, you can ask us for up to 45 more days. If we give the appellant more time, the respondent can have the same. If you want to ask for more time, please write us to explain why.

    We will send a copy of the appellant's evidence and submission to any participating respondent and give them 21 days to respond. If they do, we will send their information to the appellant. You then have 14 days to reply to their comments.

  3. What if I need more time to prepare my written submission?
  4. If the appellant needs more time, you can ask us for up to 45 more days. If you want to ask for more time, please write us to explain why. If we give the appellant more time, the respondent can have the same. If we do not give the appellant more time, we will not give the respondent more time.

  5. What if the appellant has nothing more to submit?
  6. You do not need to send anything further to us after the Notice of Appeal. In that case, you may be able to get your decision faster if you call us to tell us that you will not be sending anything further. If we do not receive any further evidence and submission from you by the 21-day deadline, we will not usually accept anything further from you. We will consider your Notice of Appeal to be your entire submission.

    If the respondent sends in more evidence and submissions, WCAT will send them to you for reply.

  7. As a participating respondent, do I need to send in a written submission?
  8. If the appellant sends in more evidence and submissions, WCAT will send them to you for your response.

    You do not need to send anything further to us after the Notice of Participation. In that case, you may be able to get the decision faster if you call us to tell us that you will not be sending anything further. If we do not receive any further evidence and submission from you by the deadline we give you, we will not usually accept anything further from you. We will consider your Notice of Participation to be your entire submission.

  9. I think I need an oral hearing. Can I change the method of appeal?
  10. Yes. You can ask for the method you prefer, though we will make the final decision. Soon after the appellant starts the appeal, we will tell you the appeal method we have selected. If you are not satisfied, you can ask us to change the appeal method by writing to us.

    Normally, we use oral hearings for appeals involving credibility, when the evidence is conflicting, or when a vice chair thinks it would provide the best way to fully understand an appeal. Oral hearings are also often used where an appellant finds it challenging to communicate easily in written English. The written submission method is suitable for appeals that deal with medical, legal, or policy issues.

  11. What appeal expenses will WCAT order WorkSafeBC to pay?
  12. We may order WorkSafeBC to repay you for expenses related to an appeal, such as expenses for obtaining a letter or report from a doctor, for new written evidence, or for getting a document translated into English.

    If you have such expenses, send copies of the bills along with your written submission.

    Even if you are not successful in your appeal, we will generally order WorkSafeBC to repay you for your expenses for obtaining written evidence (such as a medical report) if the evidence was useful or helpful in deciding the appeal, or it was reasonable for you to have obtained the evidence for the appeal.

    For more information about appeal expenses, .

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