Workplace injuries happen far more often than most people realize, including in the Roanoke area. Virginia workers’ compensation is meant to help employees after an accident on the job to cover their expenses and support them financially during their recovery. If you or a loved one has been injured at work, the Injury Workers Law Firm is here to fight for your right to workers’ compensation benefits. To learn more about the wide range of legal services offered to our Roanoke clients, call or contact our office to schedule a free consultation.
Virginia Workers’ Compensation
Under Virginia workers’ compensation law, an employee is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for an accident or occupational illness that causes an injury while on the job and in the course of employment. The statute of limitations on a workers’ compensation claim is two years from the date of the accident, and notice must be provided to the employer within thirty days of the injury.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Workers injured on the job have many different types of benefits available to them through workers’ compensation depending on the type and severity of their on the job injuries. All medical expenses associated with the injury are covered, including mileage, as well as wage replacement during and after recovery. Temporary total disability payments cover a percentage of wages during recuperation, and temporary partial disability payments provide coverage for any disparity in wages if an employee returns to light duty. Once maximum medical improvement is reached after an accident, permanent partial disability and permanent total disability benefits are available if they incurred permanent harm from the accident. In the most serious cases, death benefits are available to the spouse and dependents of an employee who dies as a result of their injuries.
How a Lawyer Can Help
One of the most important functions that a lawyer can serve for an injured employee is to handle the complex legal matters of a workers’ compensation case while they focus on their recovery. Trying to do both can be overwhelming, stressful, and can result in a worker receiving less than they deserve for their injury claims. An experienced workers’ compensation attorney can also assist with the following:
- Filing notice with the employer,
- Filing a claim with the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission,
- Communicating and negotiating with insurers,
- Appealing a denial of claims,
- Assisting with the application for Social Security disability benefits,
- Protecting the employee from retaliation by their employer, and
- Determining if there is third-party liability in the case that may entitle the employee to additional compensation.
Talk to the Injured Workers Law Firm Now
If you have been injured on the job in Roanoke you should not have to manage your recovery and your workers’ compensation case at the same time. Let the experienced attorneys at the Injured Workers Law Firm handle your case and advocate for the benefits you deserve after a workplace injury. Call the office at (804) 755-7755 or contact us online to schedule a free evaluation of your claims today.