No-Fault Workers’ Compensation
If you were careless and suffered a workplace injury that was your fault, you still have a right to receive workers’ compensation. In Virginia, workers’ compensation is a no-fault system, meaning that employers carry these benefits to protect workers that become injured on the job. The employer is not deemed negligent for the injuries that occur at their work site. As long as you were doing something work-related when the workplace injury occurred, you most likely qualify for workers’ compensation benefits.
Exceptions to Workers’ Compensation Coverage
There are some exceptions where you may not be able to recover workers’ compensation benefits for a workplace injury:
- Being under the influence of drugs or alcohol when the workplace injury occurred
- Purposely violating workplace policies
- Engaging in any activity that is against company rules