On-the-job accidents and injuries can have a devastating impact on your physical health, while creating financial insecurity due to missed work and doctor and hospital costs. Fortunately, when these types of injuries occur, workers’ compensation is available to help. If you are injured on the job or during the course of your employment, you may be entitled to benefits that include reimbursement for lost wages and medical expenses, as well as compensation for any permanent disabilities you suffer.
Workers’ compensation is a federally mandated program administered in Williamsburg and throughout the state through the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission. Benefits available include the following:
To be covered under the workers’ compensation program, your injuries must have occurred at work or during the course of your employment, been caused by a specific activity, and happened at a specific time, as opposed to an injury that occurred gradually over time. Certain occupational illnesses are covered as well, provided it was a direct result of your work environment.
To be eligible for workers’ compensation, you must comply with the guidelines as specified in the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act. There are two important requirements employees must follow:
Failure to follow either of these steps could result in your claim being denied. Once your employer has been notified, they have ten days to file your claim. To protect your rights, you should contact the commission yourself, to alert them of your injury.
If you have been injured on the job or have had a workers’ compensation claim denied, contact Hampton Injury Law PLC today. Our experienced Williamsburg workers’ compensation attorney can advise you on your rights and the types of benefits you may be entitled to, while acting as a strong legal advocate to assist you in getting the benefits you deserve. Call or contact our office online today to request a free consultation.
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