Employees are exposed to a wide range of dangers in the workplace, so Virginia lawmakers established a system to protect their rights in the event of accidental injuries and occupational diseases. Virginia’s Workers’ Compensation Act allows workers to file a claim after suffering from a work-related medical condition, so they can obtain a wide range of benefits to help them recover and get back to their jobs.
However, there are specific steps and numerous requirements to meet when seeking workers’ comp benefits. The laws impose strict eligibility rules, and you will be dealing with an insurance company when filing a claim. To ensure the protection of your rights, legal help is critical during the process. Hampton Injury Law PLC is dedicated to assisting injured workers, so please contact us to set up a case evaluation with a Newport News workers’ comp lawyer. You may also benefit from reviewing some background about the laws.
The laws establish a no-fault system for employee claims, so you do not need evidence showing that your employer was negligent. However, injured workers do need to prove that they qualify for benefits. Generally, you are eligible if you are a true employee who was hurt while performing tasks within the scope of your employment.
Workers’ compensation is the sole remedy for those who suffer from on-the-job injuries or occupational diseases. Subject to specific exceptions, you cannot sue your employer in court.
If you qualify under workers’ comp laws, you may be entitled to various benefits. One of the most important is coverage for medical treatment, such as:
In addition, you can obtain wage replacement if you lose income while recovering from your injuries. For those who suffer from total or partial disability, you may receive amounts for permanent or temporary disability. Death benefits are available for surviving family members if a qualifying employee dies because of a work-related medical condition.
The first step is to notify your employer about your injuries or illness, which you must do within 30 days. Hampton Injury Law PLC will handle the next phase, in which you file a claim with your employer’s insurance company. If the insurer denies your claim or will not pay the benefits you deserve, your Virginia worker’s compensation attorney will take the next steps with the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission.
If you suffer from work-related injuries or an occupational illness, it is important to get started with the workers’ comp process right away. Hampton Injury Law PLC is ready to assist with your claim, so you can obtain the benefits you deserve promptly. Please contact us to schedule a case evaluation. A Virginia workers’ comp attorney can explain additional details after learning more about your situation.
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