A construction zone is a dynamic, constantly moving environment, with crews, equipment, contractors, and other components coming and going throughout the day. As such, accidents are quite common. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 4,700 victims were hurt in non-fatal construction accidents in Virginia in 2017. Though that percentage of the total 77,100 workplace incidents may seem small, construction accident injuries are among the most serious types of bodily harm. Beyond the physical pain, you may be unable to work and could suffer additional losses because of your injuries.
Newport News construction accident attorney Mr. Hoen has three decades of experience and can assist workplace injury victims in filing claims for workers’ compensation benefits. He is prepared to protect your interests in dealing with your employer’s insurance company, but he will go the distance as necessary to get the benefits you deserve by law. Please contact Hampton Workers’ Comp to schedule a free consultation regarding your circumstances, and read on for some important information about construction accident claims.
Virginia employers, including companies in the construction industry, are required to procure workers’ compensation insurance to protect their employees in the event of a workplace accident. To obtain benefits for your medical costs, lost income, and other losses, you must file a claim with the insurer. You do not have to prove that your employer was negligent in failing to provide a safe work environment, but you must show that you qualify under the strict legal requirements.
Unfortunately, insurance companies may contest your eligibility, the circumstances of your accident, or the extent of your losses. The insurer could offer a low-ball amount for compensation or deny your claim entirely. In such a situation, you must take your claim to the next level: The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission (VWCC).
Mr. Hoen has extensive knowledge of workers’ comp laws, as well as the tactics insurance companies use to fight against your claim. He can assist with all aspects of the claims process, including gathering evidence, filing the proper forms, and working with an insurer. If he cannot resolve your matter for a fair, reasonable amount, Mr. Hoen will take the matter to the VWCC or to court.
Though every construction accident is unique, the general eligibility rules for filing a workers’ compensation claim are:
If you were hurt in a construction incident and want to know about your benefits under Virginia workers’ comp laws, please contact Hampton Workers’ Comp at (757) 838-1173 to schedule a no-cost consultation with Mr. Hoen. You can also visit our website to learn how a Newport News construction accident lawyer can help with filing a claim.