Most of the time a slip and fall injury at work will be covered by Virginia Workers’ Compensation; however, dependent on who is reviewing the claim, your injuries and the circumstances that caused the accident you claim may be denied.
If your claim is denied, you should consider hiring a Workers’ Compensation lawyer to assist you in filing an appeal. In an appeal, you may be required to provide evidence and information that supports your claim of a slip and fall injury and may even have to speak to a panel about your experience.
You should not attempt to go through the process alone as the Workers’ Compensation system can be very complex and confusing to someone not familiar with the system. You do not want to say or do anything, during an appeal hearing, that could bar you from receiving the benefits you need to take care of medical bills and other injury-related costs.
To prepare for an appeal you should collect as much evidence as possible to support your claim. This includes:
- medical records;
- accident reports;
- eyewitness accounts;
- pictures; and
- video and notes.
If you were hurt at work and are unsure about whether or not you can receive benefits you should seek professional legal help as soon as possible. Failing to do so could mean that your claim is denied or suspended. Remember that you are not an expert and cannot decide on your own whether or not an injury will be covered. It is best to report any and all injuries to your employer and a Workers’ Compensation lawyer to increase your odds of getting the help you need in a timely manner.
Contact a Virginia Attorney about Your Work Related Injury Claim
When you have difficulties with your work-related injury claim, a Virginia workers comp attorney 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.