The Appeals Process

NIB has an appeals provision for claimants and contributors when, in their opinion, the Board makes unfavorable decisions regarding them. This provision allows individuals to take decisive action which could ultimately change or rescind decisions of the Board; it is comprised of three processes.

Firstly, there is a process that deals with contributions and classifications of insured persons. Such cases are heard by a committee of the Board of Directors.

The second process involves an Appeals Tribunal, where any question relating to benefit or assistance is decided. The Tribunal is a tri-partite body, made up of a lawyer as its chairperson, one member to represent the employee’s interest, and the other to represent the employer’s interest. Members of the Tribunal are independent citizens of The Bahamas.

The third process is for medical appeals. In this process, medical questions are determined by a Medical Referee, who is chosen from a panel of medical practitioners from the community.