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Do I need a representative?

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:

  • Edmonton:  780-498-8640

  • Calgary:  403-517-6220  


Read more about the Office of the Appeals Advisor. 

 

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.

 Canadian Association of Workers' Advisors and Advocates information.

 

Law Society of Alberta

The Law Society can help you find a lawyer or find information about a lawyer.

 Find a lawyer through the Law Society of Alberta.  

 

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.

 

The Notice of Representation form:

 

  • 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.

 

Edmonton Office
Standard Life Centre
#1100, 10405 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton AB T5J 3N4

Telephone:(780) 412-8700
Fax:(780) 412-8701

Calgary Office
Amec Place
#2300, 801 - 6th Avenue SW
Calgary AB T2P 3W2

Telephone:(403) 508-8800
Fax:(403) 508-8822
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