Injuries happen on the job every day in offices, retail stores, restaurants, construction sites, and many other types of worksites across Virginia, including in Bon Air. If you have been injured at work you may be entitled to compensation and benefits under Virginia’s workers’ compensation laws, but you must act quickly to preserve your case. At the Injured Workers Law Firm, our experienced attorneys advocate for the rights of our injured clients and promise to fight hard for you. To learn more, call or contact our office today to schedule an evaluation of your case.
Defining a Workers’ Compensation Injury
Workers’ compensation is a system that pays for the expenses of employees hurt on the job in exchange for giving up the right to sue the employer for damages related to the injuries. In Virginia, workers’ compensation covers any injury or illness that happens on the job and in the course of employment. This means that the accident or illness which caused the injury must occur at work or at a work-related function, be caused by a work activity, and happen at a specific time. Virginia workers’ compensation does not cover workplace injuries caused gradually or by repetitive actions except in specific situations.
What Benefits am I Entitled To?
Employees injured on the job are entitled to a wide range of benefits under Virginia workers’ compensation law. Depending on the type and extent of the injuries, an employee may be able to collect the following compensation and benefits:
- Medical expenses related to the injury,
- Temporary total disability payments,
- Temporary partial disability payments,
- Permanent partial disability benefits,
- Permanent total disability benefits,
- Cost of living increases,
- Vocational rehabilitation, and
- Death benefits.
However, it is important to note that in order to qualify for workers’ compensation benefits notice must be given within a small window of time, known as the statute of limitations. Notice must be provided to the employer about the injury within thirty days of the accident or thirty days from the date that a doctor confirms that you are suffering from a work-related injury. In addition, a claim must be filed with the state workers’ compensation commission no later than two years from the date of the accident.
How an Attorney Can Help
Hiring an experienced lawyer can be the critical difference in receiving the compensation you deserve after a workplace injury or suffering without it. An attorney can ensure that notice is filed with the proper entities on time and can fight any denial of benefits by the workers’ compensation commission. They can protect you from retaliation by your employer for filing a claim, and they can make sure that you are receiving the benefits that you are entitled to under the law. To learn more, talk to our office now.
Call or Contact Our Office Now
If you have been hurt on the job in the Bon Air area, the knowledgeable workers’ compensation attorneys at the Injured Workers Law Firm are prepared to zealously advocate for your case. Call the office at (804) 755-7755 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation of your claims today.