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Injured on the Job? Are You Eligible for Worker’s Compensation?
Employees who suffer on the job injuries or who are diagnosed with a work-related disease may be eligible under the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act for medical bills payment and disability benefits.
The Commonwealth of Virginia follows an “actual risk” rule, meaning that for workers’ compensation benefits, there must be a causal connection between the injury and the conditions of the work place.
If you are injured, you should do two things:
You should report the work-related injury or illness to your employer as soon as possible, but no later than thirty (30) days from the date the accident occurs, or within thirty (30) days from the date of your medical diagnosis of your work-related disease.
Within ten (10) days, your employer should file a report of the accident or disease with the Commission.
Important! Failure to report your injury or illness to your employer within thirty (30) days could result in your claim being denied.
Who is covered under the Workers’ Compensation Act?
What is covered under the Workers’ Compensation Act?
The Act provides benefits for:
To be compensable, injuries at work must satisfy three requirements. First, the injury must be by accident.Second, it must arise out of employment. Third, it must occur in the course of employment.
Why Should You Contact a Virginia Beach Worker’s Compensation Lawyer?
Getting the benefits you deserve should be a simple and easy process, but that’s not always the case. Employers’ insurance companies often look out for their own best interests.
Insurers often deny claims or attempt to limit your benefits. The Virginia Beach worker’s compensation attorneys at the Law Office of Scott R. Barney have extensive experience working with the Commission, helping injured workers obtain their rightful compensation.
Protect your claim and know your rights!
Contact us today at (757) 383-7532 for a free consultation to discover how you could benefit from our services as your Virginia Beach worker’s compensation attorney.
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