NORFOLK WORKERS' COMPENSATION LAWYERS
Defending the Rights of Employees in Virginia
When you’re on-the-job, you have the right to be protected by your employer from work-related injury or illness. In the state of Virginia, specific workers' compensation laws provide protection. These laws give you options when you sustain an on-the-job injury so you can be financially covered for any damages to your person or income.
If you were injured on the job or contracted an illness due to an unhealthy work environment, our Norfolk workers’ compensation attorneys at Kalfus & Nachman PC can help you file your lawsuit. There are several laws that can affect on the outcome of your case, so it’s extremely important to have a workers' comp lawyer on your side to assist you through the entire process.
Get help with your workers’ compensation lawsuit. Contact us today by calling (855) 880-8163.
Workers’ Compensation Coverage Laws in VA
Most businesses are required to hold workers’ compensation insurance. Under this law, an “employee” is anyone who falls under the following categories:
- Part time
- Seasonal / temporary employees
- Working family members
Regardless of the combination of types of employees, insurance is required for a business who employs two or more. Your employer should have workers compensation for you to use if you are injured. If that is not the case, they can be held legally responsible.
What to Do If You’re Injured on the Job
There are specific laws in place if you’re hurt or become sick on the job. Some are very complicated, which is why it's best to allow our workers’ compensation attorneys to handle your legal process instead. One of the most important factors in workers’ compensation law is that you must make your employer aware of your injury or illness immediately.
After you notify your employer, you can file a claim with Virginia’s workers’ compensation commission, which must be done within 2 years of your accident or diagnoses. Failing to meet deadlines may result in your claim being denied. Our team can ensure you file within the time limits to help get the benefits you deserve.
When To File a Workers' Compensation Claim
You are eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim if your injury or illness occurred during the course of work, which includes accidents that happened on the job or while carrying out work-related business. For an injury to be covered by workers’ compensation, it must have happened while performing a work activity at a specific time. Injuries that occurred gradually are not covered.
Our lawyers can thoroughly answer your questions and help you understand your eligibility for filing a claim.
Workers can be injured or become sick because of the following on-the-job situations:
- Exposure to harmful substances
- Harmful work environments
- Employer's failure to properly protect or inform employees of harmful work scenarios
Under Virginia’s Workers’ Compensation Act, benefits can include:
- Wage replacement
- Lifetime medical benefits
- Permanent and total disability
- Death benefits
Employees who receive certain types of benefits are also eligible to receive cost of living increases once a year.
Filing for Workers' Compensation in Virginia
Workers' compensation can depend upon the variances in your employer's insurance. This makes it a difficult legal matter to navigate, which is why our attorneys have worked tirelessly to educate ourselves on the laws and regulations in Virginia.
Our team can work with your employer and the insurance companies to get you compensation for the following:
Being injured on the job can be frightening and concerning because you have to place your trust in your employer to ensure you get the help and the coverage you deserve. At Kalfus & Nachman PC, our team of experienced workers’ compensation attorneys in Norfolk have the experience you can trust when proceeding in these types of cases. Call our firm today to schedule a free, private consultation—we are located in Norfolk, Newport News, and Roanoke.
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