When an individual is injured in a work accident, he or she is entitled to file a claim for Virginia Workers’ Compensation benefits. While this process may seem cut and dry, you are required to file the proper paperwork and medical records in order for your claim to be approved. If your claim is denied, you may need a Richmond injury attorney to assist you.
After your work accident, you will file a claim with your employer’s insurance company. If your claim is denied, you can try to work things out with the insurer; however, if this is not successful, you must then file a Claim for Benefits hearing with the Workers’ Compensation Commission.
At your hearing, you will be required to provide evidence and testify about your work injury. Because your employer or insurance carrier will attend this hearing with an attorney, it is strongly recommended that you have legal counsel to represent you. Your attorney will help you establish that your injuries were caused by a work accident.
To prepare for your hearing, you should gather all of the pertinent documents and medical reports for evidence. You should also ask your eyewitnesses to attend the hearing. Your lawyer can arrange to subpoena witnesses if necessary.
If you aren’t sure if your work injury is covered by workers’ comp because it didn’t happen while you were performing your normal job duties, learn more about the different types of work accidents that are covered.
Contact a Richmond Injury Attorney
Many work accidents may be covered by Virginia Workers’ Compensation. When you have difficulties with your work-related injury claim, a Virginia workers’ comp attorney can bear some of the burden you’ve been placed under. To get back on your feet, whether it means getting back to work or getting the benefits you deserve, order a copy of our free book, the Ultimate Guide to Workers’ Compensation in Virginia, and contact a workers’ comp attorney at the Injured Workers Law Firm for a no-cost consultation – 877-755-7744 or 804-755-7755.