You might think that workplace accidents and occupational diseases are a rarity, but statistics reveal that workers across all industries remain at risk. According to the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission (VWCC) Annual Report for 2019, there were more than 317,000 filings related to work-related medical conditions, of which 48,294 were considered “major” workplace injuries. If you were hurt at work or developed an illness because of on-the-job conditions, you could already be facing significant physical and financial implications.
Fortunately, Virginia workers’ compensation laws provide you with options. You may be eligible for benefits as financial support while you are recovering and away from work, so please contact Hampton Injury Law PLC to schedule a free case evaluation. One of our Smithfield workers’ compensation attorneys can explain your rights, but an overview of your options may also be useful.
Data from VWCC and other sources is informative regarding work-related medical conditions and workers’ comp claims:
In Virginia, employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance to cover the losses employees sustain because of a work-related medical condition. Therefore, you do not have to prove that your employer was at fault in causing your injuries or ailment; instead, you file a claim with the insurance company. You may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits if you are a covered employee who was hurt or developed an occupational disease because of workplace conditions.
If you qualify, your Virginia workers’ compensation benefits may include:
This summary of workers’ comp laws may be informative, but there is much more to the claims process and applicable legal concepts. As such, it is wise to retain experienced counsel for assistance to ensure you obtain the benefits you deserve. For more information, please call Hampton Injury Law PLC to set up a no-cost case evaluation with a Virginia workers’ comp attorney today.