You may want to hire someone to represent you through the appeals process.
You have the option of representing yourself or finding someone to help with an appeal to the Appeals Commission.
A representative is someone who is authorized, in writing, to act on your behalf (preparing your appeal and making arguments during your hearing).
Who can be a representative
A lawyer, union representative, independent consultant, friend relative or other individual may act as your representative.
If you decide to be represented by a lawyer or someone else who charges a fee, you will be responsible for paying that fee.
Finding a representative
There are a several different ways to find a representative.
Office of the Appeals Advisor
This is a free-of-charge service provided to workers who require assistance with their WCB claim file, including appeals to the Appeals Commission. Appeals Advisors offer injured workers advice, information and representation in the appeals process.
Appeals Advisors do not work for the Appeals Commission. They work for the WCB but they act independently from the WCB.
The Office of the Appeals Advisor has offices in both Edmonton and Calgary:
Canadian Association of Workers' Advisors and Advocates (CAWAA)
The Canadian Association of Workers' Advisors and Advocates (CAWAA) provides free confidential services to injured workers who need assistance in appealing their workers compensation claims.
Law Society of Alberta
The Law Society can help you find a lawyer or find information about a lawyer.
Questions to ask a potential representative
There are a few questions you might want to ask a potential representative:
Do you have any experience with Alberta WCB?
Are you familiar with the Workers' Compensation Act (WCA) and WCB Policy?
What services do you provide?
How much do you charge for your services?
See the Standards of Behaviour for Representatives and Participants (Practice Guideline #3B) and Filing an Appeal (Practice Guideline #1) for more information.
Appointing a representative
You will need to provide your representative with written permission to get a copy of your file and act as your representative.
Notice of Representation form
The Notice of Representation form gives us permission to discuss your appeal with your representative.
After you have a chosen a representative, you need to sign a Notice of Representation form and send it to the Appeals Commission.
- must be submitted with the other required appeal forms (see Submitting an Appeal for more information); and
- must be dated within 30 days of being submitted (if it is not signed within 30 days we will ask you to submit a new form.