If you are hurt due to a work-related accident, there are certain critical steps you must take to ensure that you can receive the full amount of workers’ compensation benefits to which you are entitled by law. The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission (VWC) may deny your claim or reduce the amount you can receive if you do not take proper action, especially with respect to timing and deadlines. The following four steps are crucial, though you should discuss your situation with a Hampton workers’ compensation attorney to determine if there are any additional requirements.
You should notify your employer in writing as soon as is reasonably possible after suffering a workplace injury. The human resources department or other division may have a designated internal procedure for addressing accidents in the workplace, so you can get some guidance on how to move forward. Plus, reporting your injury preserves your rights under workers’ compensation laws.
You have two years from the date you were hurt to file a claim with the VWC, even if your employer also submits documentation regarding the workplace accident. However, it is best to initiate the claims process immediately.
It is important to get appropriate medical care right away after you are injured. When you visit your healthcare provider, explain how you were hurt and go into as much detail as possible. Make sure to tell your doctor:
Note that you may need to take these first two steps in reverse order depending on the nature of your injuries. In the event of an emergency, your health should be the priority.
You may qualify for various types of benefits under Virginia’s workers’ comp laws, but you will need to support your claim with proper proof. If you are eligible to receive medical expenses and lost wages, you must supply detailed records of the time you are away from work and the amounts you incur for medical treatment.
Working with a workers’ comp attorney gives you an advantage in filing your claim. An experienced lawyer knows the applicable Virginia laws, especially as they relate to your eligibility to receive benefits. Your lawyer will protect your rights when dealing with your employer and/or employer’s workers’ compensation insurance company, and will help you gather the necessary proof to support your claim. By taking care of these essential details, you can focus on your health, rehabilitation, and getting back to work as soon as possible.
If you were hurt at work, Mr. Hoen will help you navigate the complicated workers’ compensation claims process in Virginia. Please call Hampton Injury Law at 757.838.1136 to set up a consultation or check out the firm’s website for more information.