While you may think of workplace injuries as primarily affecting employees in construction, maritime, transportation, and other dangerous sectors, the truth is that you could be hurt in any type of work, at any time. The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission (VWC) receives more than 125,000 reports of workplace injuries every year, such as those caused by slips, falls, getting struck by an object, or being crushed. Still, others are based upon being diagnosed with an occupational disease due to on-the-job conditions.
You endure implications beyond physical pain if you suffer from a work-related medical condition, so it may ease your mind to know that Virginia laws protect your interests. You can rely on our team at Hampton Injury Law PLC to handle the claims process, which can be more complicated than you expect. Please contact us to set up a case evaluation with one of our workers’ comp lawyers in Hampton, VA. Some information on the basics may also be helpful.
Like other US states, workers’ comp laws are based upon a no-fault system, so you do not need to prove that your employer was responsible for causing your medical condition. Instead, you must show that you are eligible for workers’ comp benefits by establishing you meet the following criteria:
Note that there is a caveat for Virginia’s no-fault system for workers’ comp: You cannot file a lawsuit in civil court against your employer to seek monetary damages. There are exceptions to the sole remedy rule, but most injured workers will be limited to filing for workers’ compensation.
If you qualify for Virginia workers’ comp, you may be eligible to receive various types of benefits. Our Hampton Injury Law PLC will ensure you obtain amounts for:
In addition, family members may be entitled to death benefits if a loved one dies because of a work-related injury or occupational disease.
This description of Virginia workers’ compensation laws may be informative, but there are many other legal details that arise through the claims process. To learn how we can help, please call Hampton Injury Law PLC. We can schedule a free case evaluation with a Virginia workers’ comp attorney who can explain eligibility rules and benefits.