I read another article by the Workers Injury Law & Advocacy Group (WILG) the other day about the struggles injured workers face. It mentioned a study done in Virginia of injured workers who have dealt with the workers compensation system. Many severely injured workers were contacted approximately 3 years after their work accident and were interviewed about their experience with the Virginia workers compensation system. I know these complaints all too well, as I have seen firsthand how these barriers can affect injured workers’ lives.
The biggest issues injured workers complained of were:
• Limited access to medical care
• Language barriers between patients and their doctors
• Injured workers being fired or having their claim negatively impact their work environment
• Language barriers between injured workers and potential new employers
• Limited availability of suitable alternative employment in the injured worker’s area
• Little or no job retraining
• No access to continuing education as a means to re-join the work-force
If you are dealing with a work injury, talk to someone – know your rights and what is expected of you in order to obtain and keep your benefits. If you would like more information on the Virginia workers compensation system, order my book, “The Ultimate Guide to Workers’ Compensation in Virginia” by clicking this link, or call our office today (804) 755-7755.