Workers in any industry are exposed to a wide range of hazardous conditions and accidents, and the resulting injuries can be severe. According to statistics from the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission (VA WCC), there are more than 125,600 injuries reported to officials every year. The losses for employees can be considerable, which is why state workers’ compensation laws provide benefits for medical costs, wage replacement, and disability. To speed the process along, you are not required to prove that your employer was at fault for causing your medical condition.
However, you can only obtain workers’ comp benefits if you are eligible, and not all injuries qualify. The circumstances that led to your medical condition are just as important as the ailment and body part affected. It is essential to discuss your situation with a Virginia workers’ compensation attorney to understand eligibility rules, and you can benefit from an overview of what injuries are covered.
The language of the workers’ comp statute states that the law applies to all medical conditions arising out of and in the course of employment. Some specific points are important:
Though much of the focus is on the types of injuries that are covered, you should also be aware of the factors that may disqualify you. For instance, you might not be eligible if your injuries stemmed from a failure to comply with safety regulations and rules on wearing protective equipment. An employee who was not at work on shift, doing overtime, or attending required job-related meetings will also be unable to obtain benefits.
If you are eligible, there are various benefits you may obtain for workplace injuries or occupational diseases. Depending on your case, they may include the following:
When workplace injuries or an occupational illness leads to a fatality, the victim’s family members may qualify for death benefits. A surviving spouse, children, and others are eligible if the victim would have been.
Even though an overview of eligibility is helpful, you will need experienced representation for a real-life workplace accident. Insurance companies often deny claims on the grounds that your injuries do not qualify. For additional details, please contact Hampton Injury Law PLC. You can set up a free case evaluation with a workers’ comp attorney who will explain how the rules apply to your case.
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