What To Do If You Are Injured On The Job

What To Do If You Are Injured On The Job

What To Do If You Are Injured On The Job

By jfhoen

On-the-job accidents and injuries can happen in any occupation. When they do, you could end up suffering temporary or even permanent disabilities, while being unable to work or provide for yourself and your loved ones. In these situations, workers’ compensation benefits can be a lifeline in helping you to recover. Unfortunately, failing to follow the proper procedures could jeopardize your rights in terms of filing a claim. The following provides important information to be aware of about the workers’ compensation program, and what to do if you are injured.

Injuries Covered Under Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ compensation is a federal program that is administered on the state level under guidelines established by law in Section 65.2 of the Code of Virginia, known as the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act. Under these laws, employers are required to provide benefits as a sort of insurance against accidents and injuries that occur on the job or as a direct cause of their employment. Common types of on-the-job injuries that are covered under workers’ compensation include the following:

  • Muscle and tendon strains, sprains, and tears;
  • Broken bones and fractures;
  • Severe cuts and lacerations, including amputations;
  • Back and spinal cord injuries, such as fractured vertebrae and slipped disks;
  • Chemical and thermal burns;
  • Electrocutions;
  • Head injuries, including concussions and traumatic brain injuries.

In addition to on-the-job injuries, workers’ compensation also covers certain types of occupational illness, including some forms of cancer and respiratory ailments caused by exposure to harsh chemicals or fumes and other toxic substances used on the job or in the workplace.

Reporting Your Injuries

In Smithfield and throughout Virginia, workers obtain benefits for job-related injuries or illnesses through the state Workers’ Compensation Commission. In order to obtain these benefits, it is important to take the following actions;

  • Report any accident or injury that occur on the job immediately to your supervisor or manager;
  • Get medical attention as soon as possible, and follow all your doctor’s instructions;
  • Provide written notice to your employer of your injury within thirty days of your accident.

Failing to follow any of the above steps is sufficient reason for your claim to be denied. Even minor accidents can result in serious impairments, often with symptoms that take days or even weeks to appear. Reporting any type of injury or illness promptly can help ensure you get benefits you deserve.

Contact Us Immediately for Help

If you suffer a job-related illness or injury, contact Hampton Injury Law PLC right away. Our experienced Smithfield workers’ compensation attorney acts as a strong legal advocate on your behalf, providing the type of aggressive representation you need to get the benefits you are entitled to. Call or contact our office online today to see how we can help you.

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