The first step you should take after a work injury in Virginia is to immediately report your injury to your employer. Even if you fell and don’t think you need medical attention, you should still report your injury. Your next step is to file a workers’ comp claim. To ensure that your legal rights are protected, you should also speak with a Richmond attorney who has thorough knowledge of Virginia Workers’ Compensation rules.
Filing a Workers’ Comp Claim in Virginia
After you report your injury to your employer, they should file a report of the accident. This report should be mailed to their insurance carrier, who in turn should notify the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission that your injury was reported.
You should then receive a call from an insurance adjuster who will ask for a recorded statement about the accident. Keep in mind that the purpose of getting a recorded statement is to get you to say anything that will damage your claim. Therefore it’s best that you speak with an attorney before you speak with an insurance adjuster.
If your claim is accepted, you should receive payments valued at two-thirds of your weekly salary. However, if a report of your accident was never mailed to the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission, you could lose benefits in the long run, even if you are currently receiving payments.
It’s important that you understand Virginia Workers’ Compensation rules when filing a workers’ comp claim. A Richmond attorney who has helped many clients file a workers’ comp claim can help you take steps to protect your financial well-being after a workplace accident.
Contact a Richmond Attorney
When you have difficulties with your work-related injury claim, a Virginia Workers’ Compensation law firm 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.