Once you have filed your Claim for Benefits with the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission, you will get a letter from the Commission entitled 20 Day Order in the top left hand corner. I get calls from people wanting to know what this letter is all about. This is a standard computer generated letter.
Once you file your claim with the Commission and formally request your benefits (the Claim for Benefits form – part B), the Commission sends the 20 Day Order to the workers’ compensation insurance carrier. The insurance carrier then has 20 days from the date of the letter to respond to the Commission to let them know officially if they will accept or deny your claim. You are getting a copy to let you know what is going on.
The Commission will mail you a copy of the insurance carrier’s response to the 20 Day Order, as well. Hopefully, it will say that they accept the claim and are circulating agreement forms so an award order can be entered.
If you have questions about the paperwork you have received from the Commission or if you would like more information on the Virginia workers’ compensation system, order my book, “The Ultimate Guide to Workers’ Compensation in Virginia”, or call our office today (804) 755-7755.