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You can search WCAT decisions using the Basic Decision Search or the Advanced Decision Search. Here is some help for each type of decision search.

General Tips
  • The search is not case sensitive. You can use either upper or lower case without affecting the search results.
  • You can search using one or more of the fields on the search page.
  • To search by "Appeal Decision Number" do not include "WCAT" before the number. (Example: 2000-00001 or A1500000).
  • Search auomatically searchs for a word with any ending, for example, search for post and find decisions containing posts, post-injury, postponed, postponement, postpones.
  • Show/Sort by: You may choose the number of results and the way the results are shown. For example, you can choose to see from 10 up to 100 results per page, and you can sort your results by decision number, decision date, category or score.
  • Search results will highlight up to 12 different terms in your search. If there are more than 12 terms in your search, the other terms will be found using the "find next search word" function, but they will not be highlighted.
Basic Decision Search
  • Search will find decisions that contain all of the words you list. If you search for the words left and elbow in the "Word(s)" box, the search will find decisions that contain the words "left" and "elbow".
  • Separate search terms with a space and put phrases in quotation marks. For example, elbow wrist "arising out of" finds all decisions containing the words "elbow" and "wrist" and the phrase "arising out of".
  • If you wish to include or exclude certain words, please use the Advanced Search page.
  • If you put a decision number in the field "Appeal Decision Numbers", you will only get back the exact decision listed. If you wish to find decisions that have considered a particular decision, you need to put the decision number in the "Word(s)" field.
  • To search for a policy omit the # sign in front of the policy. (Example: 22.00).

Use

To search for…

Example

Finds…

Word(s)

decisions with all of the words you list.

left elbow 

decisions that contain the word "left" and the word "elbow".

 Between

decisions by date. Put in the start and end dates to search a range of dates.

Since we started making decisions in March of 2003, there are no WCAT decisions before then.

2004/01/30

2006/02/28

decisions we made between January 30, 2004 and February 28, 2006.

Additionally:

if you enter January 30, 2004 in the 1st date box and leave the 2nd date blank you will get all decisions since January 30, 2004.

if you leave the 1st date blank and enter February 28, 2006 in the 2nd date box you will get all decisions between March 3, 2003 and February 28, 2006.

WCAT Decision Number

WCAT decisions by decision number.

We numbered our decisions using a four-digit year, separated by a hyphen (-) followed by a five-digit number from 2003 to mid- 2016.

In 2016 we changed the way we number our decisions due to our move to a new case management system. We number our decisions using "A" for appeal, followed by the last two-digits of the year "16" for 2016, followed by a five-digit number.

2003-00000

A1500000

WCAT 2003-00000.

WCAT A1500000

 

Advanced Decision Search
  • If you put a decision number in the field "Appeal Decision Numbers", you will only get back the exact decision listed. If you wish to find decisions that have considered a particular decision, you need to put the decision number in the "All these words, Exact phrase or One or More Words" fields.

Use

To search for...

Example

Finds...

All these words

a specific word or more than one word.

wrist elbow

decisions with both of these words.

Exact phrase

an exact set of words

You will only get results if the words in the phrase you typed in are in the exact same order within the decision.

You do not need to use quotation marks around the words.

left elbow

decisions with the exact phrase "left elbow".

One or more words

any words you have listed

You will get results if at least one of the words you typed is in the decision.

wrist elbow

decisions with any of these words.

None of these words

words, but exclude other words from the search.

Note you must enter something in either "All these words" or "Exact phrase" or "One or more words" for "None of these words" to work.

wrist

decisions that do not include wrist.

WCAT Decision Number

WCAT decisions by decision number.

We numbered our decisions using a four-digit year, separated by a hyphen (-) followed by a five-digit number from 2003 to mid- 2016.

In 2016 we changed the way we number our decisions due to our move to a new case management system. We number our decisions using "A" for appeal, followed by the last two-digits of the year "16" for 2016, followed by a five-digit number.

2003-00000

A1500000

WCAT 2003-00000.

WCAT A1500000

Type

all decisions or only merit, extension of time, reconsideration or stay decisions. You may search one or multiple types.

merit

merit decisions.

Category

compensation, assessment, prevention, relief of costs, section 257, or discrimination decisions. You may search one or multiple categories.

compensation

compensation decisions.

Classification

all decisions, or only precedent (binding) or noteworthy (helpful) decisions. You may search one or multiple classifications.

noteworthy

noteworthy decisions.

Decision Date

decisions by date.  Put in the start and end dates to search a range of dates. 
Since we started making decisions in March of 2003, there are no WCAT decisions before then.

2004/01/30

2006/02/28

decisions made between January 30, 2004 and February 28, 2006.


Additionally:


if you enter January 30, 2004 in the 1st date box and leave the 2nd date blank you will get all decisions since January 30, 2004.


if you leave the 1st date blank and enter February 28, 2006 in the 2nd date box you will get all decisions between March 3, 2003 and February 28, 2006.

  • You can search using more than one of the above categories, just put the terms you want to search in the appropriate boxes. For example, you can put "wrist and elbow" in the "Exact phrase box" and "left" in the "None of these words" box, you can then choose "all" as the type of decision, "compensation" as the category, and "noteworthy" as the classification. The search results you get will be all compensation decisions that are noteworthy which contain the exact phrase "wrist and elbow", but not the word "left".
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