“WSIB lawsuit: Fired hospital worker details struggles after losing his claim: Doctor who assessed Shawn McCabe claims she was pressured to alter her medical opinion” / Jacques Gallant (Toronto Star, Sep. 26, 2015)
The injured hospital worker at the heart of the lawsuit by Hamilton-area medical consultant Dr. Brenda Steinnagel (see “MD claims WSIB fired her over medical opinion”, Toronto Star, Sep. 23) has come forward after reading her story of alleged repeated pressure by the Board and her employer to change the favourable medical opinion that concluded his emotional issues could be related to the head injury sustained on the job. In an interview with the Star, Mr McCabe said his WSIB case manager informed him after his benefits were denied that a third medical consultant had ruled against his claim.
The 46-year-old father of two, who worked as a security guard at Rouge Valley Centenary Hospital for 17 years, lost his job a year after the work injury. Still actively looking for work and appealing the WSIB’s decision, Mr McCabe describes the impact of the injury and claim on his life: “I’m without any benefits. I’m without any care.”