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4 Steps to Take after Being Injured at Work

By Jan Hoen

If you have been injured on the job, the path forward toward regaining your health and well-being and recovering from your losses can be exceptionally challenging. While you focus on your overall recovery, allow an experienced Virginia workers’ compensation attorney to skillfully advocate for your legal rights – and your rightful compensation. 

One: Seek the Medical Attention that You Need

If you have been involved in an accident of any magnitude on the job, it’s important to take the matter seriously from the outset. The fact is that very serious injuries do not necessarily have glaring symptoms, to begin with, and the shock of being in an accident at work – along with the adrenaline that’s coursing through your body – can mask your pain and interfere with your ability to recognize symptoms. 

Seeking the medical treatment that you need as soon after the accident as possible and carefully following your medical team’s instructions and advice going forward are critical to your recovery and to your workers’ compensation claim. The fact is – if you don’t demonstrate that you take your injuries seriously – the workers’ compensation insurance company handling your claim will be very likely to follow your lead. 

Two: Notify Your Supervisor

Just because you’re injured on the job does not mean that a workers’ compensation claim will automatically be instigated. It’s your responsibility to let your employer, manager, supervisor, or direct boss know about the injury-causing accident as soon after it happens as possible. 

Three: Consult with a Dedicated Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Workers’ compensation is designed to help balance the rights of both you (as the injured employee) and the employer whom you work for. Workers’ comp coverage is designed to help expedite the process and take the matter of fault off the table. If you are injured on the job, you’re covered. Further, your employer does not have to worry about the negative effects associated with lawsuits. While there is balance built into the workers’ comp process, obtaining the compensation to which you are entitled can be immensely challenging, and having a knowledgeable workers’ compensation attorney in your corner is in your best interest. 

Four: Recognize the Insurance Company’s Motivation

Yes, the insurance company is paid to cover your workers’ compensation claim fairly, but it’s important to recognize that it is motivated by robust profits. This means that if it can get away with settling your claim for less, it will. Some tactics to watch out for include:

  • An early settlement offer may be seriously inadequate.
  • The insurance company may artificially complicate and/or prolong the settlement process (hoping that you’ll give up). 
  • The insurance company may put considerable effort into denying the extent of your injuries and/or may argue about how necessary each aspect of your medical treatment is.

You Need an Experienced Virginia Workers’ Comp Attorney on Your Side

The trusted Virginia workers’ compensation attorneys at Hampton Injury Law dedicate their impressive practice to helping clients like you prevail with just compensation that covers their full range of losses. To learn more, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.

 

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