Because the Workers’ Compensation Act in Virginia focuses heavily on the interests of the employer and its insurance company, consulting an attorney that is highly-skilled in Workers’ Compensation law is critical to winning your case. The experienced attorneys at HammondTownsend will guide you through every step of the Workers’ Compensation process.
Injuries that occur to workers in Virginia must occur doing a specific act that is associated with or in the course of your employment such as lifting, falling or being hit. Gradual, repetitive or cumulative injuries that happen over time are not normally compensated in Virginia, nor are injuries that occur when performing actions that are common outside of work such as bending, sitting, or standing.
Common workplace injuries include:
An injury/accident must be reported to the employer within thirty days to be eligible for workers’ compensation, unless there is a justified reason for not doing so. The most common reason for not reporting an injury is a belief that the injury was minor and would simply go away.
When an injury is reported to an employer, they have the option of providing a panel of three or more physicians from whom you may seek treatment. If a panel is not offered or the employer denies the claim, you may seek treatment with a physician of your choice. Keep the following in mind:
You must file a claim for your workers’ compensation benefits with the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission within two years of your accident. This is required even if you are being paid lost wage benefits and your medical treatment is being paid. Many injured workers have lost their benefits because they failed to do so. You may file electronically online at Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission or by mailing a claim form/letter asking for benefits to:
Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission
1000 DMV Drive
Richmond, Virginia 23220
The date of filing is the date it is received at the Commission or the date it is mailed by certified mail.
When you schedule a workers’ compensation consultation at HammondTownsend, please be sure to bring:
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