We are one of the leading consulting firms in Ontario specializing in workers’ compensation. Our professionals have a proven record of performance with over 125 years of combined experience in workers’ compensation administration, disability management, appeals and health and safety.
CompClaim was founded by Laura Russell as a resource for employers in 1988, and in 2013 joined Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP to form a specialized consulting group within the firm. The group provides service across all provinces to a diverse range of industries including manufacturing, transportation, construction, hospitals, school boards, utilities and municipal organizations.
We specialize in representing, advising and supporting organizations and management in a cost effective manner. Whether you need case-by-case advice, training, program development or our full start-to-finish service, our team of professionals has the extensive technical, medical and management skills to provide you with as much, or as little, assistance as you require while providing you with the best value for your money.
Our experienced and knowledgeable team of professionals is led by David Gorelle and Laura Russell. David was the first lawyer in Ontario to be certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in Workplace Safety and Insurance Law, and Laura is a licensed paralegal and Chair of the Schedule 2 Employers’ Group. Both are recipients of the Ontario Bar Association, Workers’ Compensation Section’s Ron Ellis Award.
We have decades of experience in assisting clients manage claims, ensure early and safe return to the workplace, and reduce claim and human costs.
Sometimes a seemingly minor injury will become more expensive and prolonged than expected. We strive to understand your needs, to offer cost-effective advice, and to reduce the cost of work-related injury claims through prevention, return to work initiatives, attentive case management and direct Board intervention. In order to assist you reach your goals, our team can assist you with:
Many employers know they can achieve better results controlling the costs of absenteeism, but simply do not have the resources, time and/or experience. Whether it is returning an employee to work, case-by-case advice, understanding your legal obligations, reducing your costs or preventing injuries, our team of experienced disability management specialists can be the most efficient way to manage your program.
Managing the financial costs associated with your claims is just as important as managing the human costs. Our team of experienced professionals are well equipped to provide experience rating monitoring and assessments, audit and penalty assessments, and classifications and account structure advice.
When necessary, our team has the resources and established relationships with ergonomic and health care professionals to provide you with the necessary support for your claims management and appeals efforts. We have a Doctor on Staff who can provide timely case reviews and/or medical opinions as necessary. Further, we can also provide the necessary Independent Medical Examination, Specialist and Functional Ability Assessments referrals.
Our group can identify strategic timing and opportunities for appeals and advise on classification issues and assist clients in challenging and changing rate groups to minimize costs. Our understanding of the financial implications of any claim, allows us to provide sound and cost effective advice.
When litigation arises or becomes necessary, our experienced and successful advocates skillfully navigate the case while keeping your best interests in mind. Our team has represented employers at all levels, whether they are appearing before the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal, or before Divisional Court on an application for judicial review.
Group members are also experienced in transfer of cost applications, whether to another employer who caused the injury to your worker or through a cost relief program where a worker’s disability is impacted by a pre-accident medical condition.
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