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Virginia Beach Work Injury Lawyer

A man helping another man who is limping on one leg in construction uniforms representing how you can consult with a Gloucester construction accident lawyers.Even though you know that work-related injuries and occupational diseases are a problem in the Virginia workplace, you probably assume that only employees in certain industries are at risk. Data compiled by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics contradict your assumption. In fact, there are around 74,600 workers who suffer from on-the-job medical conditions every year, across all industries and in both private and public entities. If you find yourself in such a position, you are probably already experiencing financial hardship because of medical costs, lost wages, and related losses.

It may come as some relief to know that you may qualify for monetary benefits under Virginia’s workers’ compensation system. However, the process can be complicated, especially if your claim is denied. It is wise to retain experienced legal counsel for assistance, so please contact Hampton Injury Law PLC to discuss your rights. We can set up a free case evaluation with a Virginia Beach work injury lawyer, and you can also read on for some information about the basics.

How Virginia Workers’ Comp System Works

The relevant state laws protect employees by creating a no-fault system for recovering monetary benefits. You do not need to show that your employer was negligent in causing your injuries or occupational illness, but you do need to show that you qualify under strict eligibility rules. After seeking proper medical care and notifying your employer of your medical condition, your first step is filing a claim with your employer’s workers’ comp insurance company. If approved, you may be entitled to benefits for:

  • Your current and future medical care;
  • Lost wages;
  • Total or partial disability, on a temporary or permanent basis; and,
  • Death benefits, if you are a qualifying family member of a deceased employee. 

Note that the workers’ comp system is your sole remedy in most cases. You cannot file a civil lawsuit and cannot obtain monetary damages from your employer and others connected with the employment for pain and suffering, subject to some exceptions.  Recovery from an outside party, such as in a car accident due to the negligence of another person,  will be subject to your employer’s claim for reimbursement of the benefits you receive.  This is a complex area of law, which requires an attorney with experience in both types of cases.

Why Insurers Deny Workers’ Comp Claims

Even when your rights seem clear, you could encounter issues in dealing with the insurer. Your claim might be denied or approved for an amount lower than allowed by state workers’ comp laws. At times, the insurance company’s actions are legitimate, such as where you missed key deadlines in filing a claim. However, it is essential to retain an attorney if the insurance company responds to your claim with allegations that:

  • You are not a covered employee;
  • Your injuries or occupational disease were not the result of job-related conditions;
  • Your medical condition does not require treatment and is not serious enough to justify time away from work; or,
  • Your injuries or ailment are related to a pre-existing medical condition that is not related to your employment.

Speak to a Virginia Beach Work Injury Attorney About Your Claim

If you were hurt or developed a medical condition because of work-related conditions, please call Hampton Injury Law PLC to set up a no-cost case evaluation today. A Virginia Beach work injury lawyer can explain your options and how the laws work after reviewing your unique circumstances.

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