FEL Reviews After 60-month Lock-in

 

​When will WSIB conduct a final review of my FEL award?

WSIB is required to conduct a final review of your FEL award 60 months (five years) after the date of your initial FEL determination. Usually, WSIB cannot review your benefits again after your final review. However, there are some important exceptions to this general rule.

When can WSIB review my FEL award after the 60-month final review?

WSIB may review your FEL award after 60 months from the date of your initial FEL determination in several specific circumstances. These exceptions deal with situations where there has been a change in your condition or where a proper review of your FEL award cannot be done at the 60-month date.

Can WSIB review my FEL award if I fail to report a material change in circumstances or commit fraud or misrepresentation?

Yes. WSIB can review your FEL award if you fail to report a material change in circumstances or commit fraud or misrepresentation. In these circumstances, WSIB can review your FEL award at any time. See Material Change in Circumstances.

Can WSIB review my FEL award if I have a permanent worsening of my condition?

Yes. If you have a permanent deterioration in your condition, WSIB can review your benefits after the 60-month date in the following situations:

  • If you are granted a non-economic loss (NEL) award, WSIB can review your FEL award within 24 months of the date it is granted. If you are in a work transition (WT; formerly, labour market re-entry (LMR)) plan at the end of the 24 months, WSIB can wait and review your FEL award up to 30 days from the date you complete the plan.

  • If you receive an increase in a NEL award you are already receiving, WSIB can review your FEL award within 24 months of the date it is changed. If you are in a WT plan at the end of the 24 months, WSIB can wait and review your FEL award up to 30 days from the date you complete the plan.

  • If you suffer a significant deterioration in your condition and WSIB decides you are likely to receive a NEL award or an increase in your existing NEL award, WSIB can review your FEL award at any time from that point until you receive a NEL award or an increase in your existing NEL award, or WSIB can decide that you are not entitled to a NEL award or an increase in your existing NEL award.

See Non-Economic Loss Awards and Work Transition.

Some of these exceptions may not apply to you if you suffered a permanent deterioration before July 1, 2007. You should speak to a qualified representative for advice on your specific circumstances.

Can WSIB review my FEL award if I have a temporary worsening of my condition?

Yes. If you have a temporary deterioration in your condition, WSIB can review your benefits. WSIB can also review your benefits when it determines you have recovered.

WSIB cannot review your FEL award if you recovered from your temporary deterioration before July 1, 2007. If your deterioration began before July 1, 2007, then WSIB can only review your benefits starting on that date.

What if I have not finished my Work Transition plan 60 months after the date of my initial FEL entitlement?

If you have been granted a WT plan and the plan has not been completed 60 months after your initial FEL determination date, WSIB can review your FEL award within 30 days of the date that you complete the plan. See Work Transition.

This exception does not apply to you if you completed your WT (formerly, LMR) plan before November 26, 2002.

Can I appeal the final review of my FEL award?

Yes. You can object to any decision that affects your FEL award. Generally, you must object within six months of the date of the decision. However, if your FEL award is affected because of a decision about your early and safe return to work or work transition, you must object within 30 days of the date of the decision. If you are unsure which time limit applies, speak to a qualified representative immediately.

August 2011
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This publication contains general information only. It is not legal advice about a particular situation and is not intended to replace advice from a qualified representative. This publication was last updated on the revision date listed above.