Workers are injured on the job every day in Virginia, including in the Woodlake area. When a person is hurt at work, they may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits, and a skilled workers’ compensation attorney like those at the Injured Workers Law Firm are here to help ensure that you receive everything that you are entitled to after an accident. To learn more about your legal options and what your case might be worth, call or contact our office today to schedule a consultation.
What to Know about Workplace Injuries
Workers’ compensation is considered a no-fault system, which means that an employee does not need to show fault or negligence in order to collect compensation for their injuries, only that the accident occurred while at work. In exchange for these benefits, an employee gives up the right to sue their employer for additional compensation.
In Virginia, workers’ compensation covers all injuries caused by an accident or illness while on the job and in the course of business. Notice must be given to the employer about the injury within thirty days, and a claim must be filed with the state’s workers’ compensation commission within two years of the accident or illness that caused the injury. Known as the statute of limitations, failure to file a claim in this time limit could result in the court throwing out your case.
Benefits You are Entitled To
Virginia workers’ compensation provides a myriad of benefits to workers injured while on the job. This includes medical benefits for any reasonably necessary care like doctor’s visits, hospitalization, testing, medication, physical therapy, and mileage. It also provides wage replacement in the forms of temporary total disability while recovering and temporary partial disability if an employee is able to return to light work at a lower wage. Permanent partial and permanent total disability payments are provided if the accident results in some form of permanent disability, and in the worst cases of workplace accidents death benefits are provided to the family of the employee.
An Experienced Lawyer Should Handle Your Case
If you are debating whether to hire an attorney for your workers’ compensation case, talk to our office to learn more. An experienced attorney can zealously advocate for an injured worker’s interests while they focus on their recovery. Legal services can include the following:
- Filing notice with an employer and the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission,
- Appealing a denial of claims by the insurer,
- Arguing a case to the Workers’ Compensation Commission,
- Protecting against employer retaliation for filing a claim,
- Assisting with an application for Social Security disability benefits, and
- Determining if third party liability could result in additional compensation for your case.
The Time to Act is Now
Have you been hurt on the job in the Woodlake area? You do not have to go through the process of filing and fighting for your workers’ compensation benefits alone. At the Injured Workers Law Firm, our skilled Virginia attorneys are prepared to fight for the compensation you deserve. Call the office at (804) 755-7755 or contact us online now to schedule a consultation of your workers’ compensation case today.