The US Bureau of Labor Statistics for the State of Virginia reports that there were 4,700 workers hurt in construction accidents in 2017, and 1,400 of these victims missed work days due to their injuries. You do have rights as an employee under state workers’ compensation laws, and a Jamestown construction accident attorney can help. Mr. Hoen has 30 years of experience assisting clients with the claims filing process and related proceedings. Please contact Hampton Workers’ Comp to schedule a free consultation, and check out the answers to frequently asked questions about construction accidents in Virginia.
Not all workers and incidents are eligible for benefits under state law, but you do meet the requirements if:
Your health is a priority, so you should seek appropriate medical care first and foremost. You have your choice of providers in the event of an emergency, but you must visit a physician approved by your employer in a non-emergency situation. Once you are able to do so, immediately report the incident and complete any report forms required by your employer. Be as detailed as possible in your description of what happened.
The amount of time it takes to get paid under workers’ comp laws depends upon your unique situation. Some cases will start paying immediately after you file a claim with your employer’s workers’ comp insurance company. In other situations, you may be waiting weeks or months because of a delay or denial by the insurer.
Again, the benefits you are entitled to receive will vary based upon the nature of your injuries. Most workers who are hurt in construction accidents will qualify for medical costs and wage replacement. In addition, you may be eligible for permanent or temporary disability, a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA), and assistance with training or finding a job. Plus, if a loved one was killed in a construction accident, you may qualify for death benefits.
Virginia’s workers’ compensation laws do not require you to hire an attorney. However, it is wise to consider retaining representation to assist with the claims process, especially if your employer’s workers’ comp insurer contests or denies payment of benefits. Insurance companies sometimes have a reason for a delay, such as if you provided incomplete information or omitted some key details. They may also dispute the nature or severity of your injuries. A lawyer can help you overcome these challenges, so you start receiving benefits as soon as possible.
While the answers to these questions may be helpful, you may want additional details about your legal rights and remedies. To hear more about your options, please call 757.838.1136 or go online to reach Hampton Workers’ Comp. Mr. Hoen can provide customized information after conducting a free consultation regarding your claim and will tell you the advantages of retaining a Jamestown construction accident to represent you.