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Workers’ Compensation Benefits for On-The-Job Injuries

10

January

2017

Workers’ Compensation Benefits for On-The-Job Injuries

by comments 0 in Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation

On-the-job accidents and injuries can have a devastating impact on your physical health, while creating financial insecurity due to missed work and doctor and hospital costs. Fortunately, when these types of injuries occur, workers’ compensation is available to help. If you are injured on the job or during the course of your employment, you may be entitled to benefits that include reimbursement for lost wages and medical expenses, as well as compensation for any permanent disabilities you suffer.

Who Is Entitled To Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Workers’ compensation is a federally mandated program administered in Williamsburg and throughout the state through the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission. Benefits available include the following:

  • Wage replacement of up to two thirds your regular earnings;
  • Medical expenses and mileage reimbursement to cover costs associated with your injury;
  • Compensation for any permanent impairments or disfigurement you suffer as the result of your accident;
  • Job retraining, if you are unable to return to your prior position.

To be covered under the workers’ compensation program, your injuries must have occurred at work or during the course of your employment, been caused by a specific activity, and happened at a specific time, as opposed to an injury that occurred gradually over time. Certain occupational illnesses are covered as well, provided it was a direct result of your work environment.

How Do I Apply?

To be eligible for workers’ compensation, you must comply with the guidelines as specified in the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act. There are two important requirements employees must follow:

  1. Notify Your Employer: Notify your supervisor immediately, and provide written notice to your employer as soon as possible, including their name and address, the date and time of your accident, a description of your injury, and the circumstances under which it occurred.
  2. Seek Medical Attention As Soon As Possible: Make sure the doctor records that your injury is work related, relay all symptoms, and follow all instructions in terms of follow up care and work and activities restrictions.

Failure to follow either of these steps could result in your claim being denied. Once your employer has been notified, they have ten days to file your claim. To protect your rights, you should contact the commission yourself, to alert them of your injury.

Our Williamsburg Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Can Help you Today

If you have been injured on the job or have had a workers’ compensation claim denied, contact Hampton Injury Law PLC today. Our experienced Williamsburg workers’ compensation attorney can advise you on your rights and the types of benefits you may be entitled to, while acting as a strong legal advocate to assist you in getting the benefits you deserve. Call or contact our office online today to request a free consultation.

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