If you have sustained a work injury in Virginia, it is important to inform your supervisor right away. By waiting, you are putting your worker’s compensation claim and injury at risk, especially if you need extensive medical care. You have 2 years from the date of injury to file a claim.
Not only can you throw the medical care and potential lost wages out the window by not telling your boss about your work injury, you could be harming your chances for a full recovery. Early diagnosis and treatment are essential to recovery for any kind of injury so it’s important to act quickly.
If you don’t report your work injury and continue to do your job, you may not be able to perform as well. This could put you on your supervisor’s radar, maybe even causing your dismissal.
Also, if you keep silent about an injury you sustained at work, you could be putting other employees in danger. When you report your condition, you give the workplace the chance to correct whatever dangers could have harmed you so that nobody else gets hurt.
It is natural to feel worried about repercussions when reporting a work injury in Virginia. But there are laws in place to help you in case your boss decides to engage in any kind of retaliation. In fact, discrimination of any sort based on filing a worker’s compensation claim is illegal. The law is on your side. So make it work for you by reporting any injury on the job as soon as it happens.
Contact a Virginia Worker’s Compensation Attorney Today
The Richmond-based worker’s compensation attorney team at Injured Workers’ Law Firm represents everyday workers—people like you—throughout the state of Virginia who have experienced serious injuries, and we are prepared to answer each and every one of your questions thoughtfully.
Before you talk to an insurance adjuster or even before you decide to hire an attorney, we urge you to order this FREE work injury guide. Then, once you feel ready to move forward as a claimant, give us a call at 1-804-755-7755 or toll-free at 1-877-755-7744. You can also contact us online today to schedule an appointment.
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The Injured Workers Law Firm is a Richmond, Virginia based firm solely focused on serving clients with workers' compensation claims in Virginia. If you have questions about your benefits or if you would like more information on the Virginia Workers’ Compensation system, order our book, “The Ultimate Guide to Workers’ Compensation in Virginia” , or call our office today (804) 755-7755.