Workplace accident injuries take a physical, financial, and emotional toll on victims. Not only are you unable to work and earn an income, but you may also be incurring huge medical bills for treatment. Still, even as things look bleak, you do have rights to seek monetary benefits.
Virginia’s workers’ compensation laws protect injured victims like you, but you must first establish eligibility to receive benefits. A Chesapeake workers’ compensation attorney can assist you with the complicated claims process, so please contact Hampton Injury Law to schedule a free consultation. Mr. Hoen has been representing injured employees for almost 30 years, so he has the skills and experience to ensure the protection of your rights.
There was a time when employees who were hurt at work had to file a lawsuit to recover compensation for their losses, which required them to show that the employer was negligent in some way. Virginia’s workers’ compensation laws have dispensed with this process, instead of providing that injured victims can file a claim and obtain benefits without proving fault. Rather than waiting months or years to receive compensation, victims of workplace accidents can start receiving benefits almost right away.
However, the process is not as straightforward in a real-life situation. You can run into problems with your employer or the insurance company that provides workers’ comp coverage where you work. There may be disputes over eligibility, the severity of your injuries, or the circumstances surrounding your accident. The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission (VWC) is tasked with safeguarding employees’ rights in such disputes, but these proceedings can be even more complicated.
Mr. Hoen can represent your interests at every phase of the claims process, including filing the proper forms, communicating with your employer, and negotiations with an insurance company. He also has extensive experience working with the VWC, so he will follow through until you get the benefits you deserve by law.
You must meet certain eligibility requirements to seek benefits under Virginia’s workers’ comp laws, as does your employer. You must be a covered employee, though the definition is broad enough to include contractors, corporate officers, family members, and others. Plus, only employers with two or more covered employees are required to carry workers’ comp insurance. In addition, your injuries must stem from a workplace accident that occurred while you were performing job-related tasks.
If you meet these qualifications, you may able to receive lifetime benefits for the medical costs you incur for treatment. You may also be eligible for wage replacement benefits intended to provide financial support, either for a temporary or permanent disability. In addition, an employee’s family members may recover death benefits if they lose a loved one in a workplace accident.
Please contact Hampton Injury Law at 757.838.1136 or check out our website if you would like more information about your claim. You can also set up a free case evaluation with Mr. Hoen to learn how a Chesapeake workers’ compensation lawyer is a valuable asset in enforcing your rights.