According to statistics revealed in the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission (VWCC) Annual Report for 2017, there were 48,000 workplace injury claims filed that year. 38% of victims were hurt in the upper body, and 22% of workers sustained injuries to the lower body. Both types of bodily harm mean significant losses for an injured employee in the construction industry.
Fortunately, Virginia law protects workers, so you may be entitled to receive monetary benefits for your losses. Please contact Hampton Injury Law PLC to schedule a free case evaluation with our construction accident lawyers in Jamestown. You can also learn more about your rights by reviewing some answers to common questions about the state workers’ compensation system in Virginia.
What should I do if I’m injured a construction accident? Medical care is your first priority, so go to the emergency room immediately for severe injuries. For less serious injuries, you are required to see a doctor who has been approved by your employer. Then, as soon as possible after the accident, provide written notice to your employer regarding the details.
How do I qualify for Virginia workers’ comp benefits? The key eligibility rules for workers’ compensation are:
What benefits are available for construction accident victims? The amount will vary, but you may be able to recover benefits for medical bills, loss of income, and disability. If you need to make a significant job change due to your injuries, you may also qualify for vocational rehabilitation to prepare you for a new career.
Why would an insurance company deny a workers’ comp claim? In some cases, your employer’s workers’ comp insurer will rightfully deny your claim because you do not qualify. It is cause for concern if your claim is rejected for suspicious reasons, such as accusations that:
Do I need an attorney to file a workers’ compensation claim? State law does not require you to hire a lawyer, but legal representation can be valuable for your claim. When dealing with an insurance company, an attorney will protect your rights and ensure that you receive the full amount of benefits allowed by law. If necessary, your lawyer will take your claim to the next level with the VWCC.
If you were hurt in a construction accident, please call Hampton Injury Law PLC to schedule a free case evaluation regarding your rights under workers’ compensation laws. Our Jamestown construction accident attorneys can answer additional questions about your circumstances.