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Workers' compensation is a system designed to provide benefits to employees who suffer work-related injuries or illnesses. In Virginia, most employers are required by law to provide workers' compensation insurance coverage for their employees. The purpose of this coverage is to ensure that injured workers receive medical treatment and wage replacement while they are unable to work due to their injury or illness.
Workers' compensation also protects employers from lawsuits related to workplace injuries, as long as they have provided the required coverage. Overall, the goal of workers' compensation in Virginia is to provide a safety net for both employees and employers in the event of a workplace injury or illness.
How our Workers’ Comp Lawyers Can Help
If you have been injured on the job in Newport News, you should seek the advice of an experienced workers' compensation attorney who can guide you through the complex process of filing a claim. A knowledgeable attorney from our firm can take several steps to help you get the benefits you deserve.
Typically, the steps required to file and manage a workers’ compensation claim are:
- Conduct an initial consultation to discuss the details of your case and determine if you have a valid claim.
- Investigate your case by gathering evidence such as medical records, witness statements, and accident reports.
- File a claim on your behalf with the Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission.
- Communicate and negotiate with insurance adjusters to ensure that you receive fair compensation for your injuries.
- Represent you at hearings or appeals if necessary to fight for your rights in court.
- Provide guidance on how best to protect your legal interests throughout the process.
- Keep you informed about your case's progress and answer any questions or concerns you may have.
Who Qualifies for Workers’ Compensation?
In Virginia, most companies with more than two employees must carry workers’ compensation coverage that can be used if a worker suffers an injury or illness as a result of their job. This includes both full-time and part-time workers, as well as trainees and non-US citizens who are legally employed in the state. However, there are some exceptions to this general rule.
For example, independent contractors and volunteers are typically not eligible for workers' compensation benefits. In addition, injuries that occur during an employee's commute to or from work are generally not covered unless the worker was performing a job-related task at the time of the accident.
To qualify for workers' compensation benefits in Virginia, an employee must meet several requirements:
- Injury or illness must have occurred during the course of employment.
- Worker must have been an employee at the time of the injury or illness.
- Employer must carry workers' compensation insurance coverage.
- Worker must report the injury or illness to their employer within 30 days of its occurrence.
If these requirements are met, an injured worker may be eligible to receive benefits such as medical treatment, wage replacement, and disability payments. To ensure that you receive all of the benefits you are entitled to under Virginia law, please call our Newport News workers’ comp attorneys at (855) 880-8163 right away, even before you first file a workers’ comp claim with your employer.
How Do You File a Workers’ Comp Claim?
We are here to walk you through the entire workers’ compensation process from start to finish. Many people call us before they even let the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission (VWCC) know what happened, so we can be there to guide them.
Important basic steps to file a workers’ compensation claim in Virginia include:
- Report the injury to your employer: Notify your employer of your injury as soon as possible, but no later than 30 days after the accident or onset of an occupational disease. Failure to report your injury within this timeframe may result in denial of your claim.
- Seek medical attention: Get medical treatment for your injuries from an authorized healthcare provider. The healthcare provider will document your injuries and provide information that will be used to determine your eligibility for benefits.
- File a claim: Complete and file a Claim for Benefits form VWCC. Our attorneys can complete this step for you online, by mail, or in person at one of their regional offices.
- Attend hearings: If there is a dispute regarding your claim or if it is denied, you may need to attend hearings before the VWCC.
- Receive benefits: Hopefully, this last step — receive the benefits you need — is achievable without any major hitches. If there is a problem, though, then you will be glad that our attorneys are already on your side and ready to step in.
Call Kalfus & Nachman Now
Don’t wait much longer to get the legal help you need after a workplace accident. As mentioned, the window to report your workplace injury to your employer could be as slim as 30 days. We are here to help make sure you don’t miss that opportunity and get a fair chance to receive full benefits or compensation through a settlement. Get our Newport News workers’ compensation lawyers on the phone by dialing (855) 880-8163 now!
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