If you sustain an injury while doing your job duties, you could be eligible for workers’ compensation. But navigating the claims process by yourself can be challenging, particularly as you are dealing with a lengthy and painful recovery. Thankfully, a skilled attorney from Injured Workers Law Firm can assist you at each step of the process. They are familiar with the workers’ comp system and employment laws in Virginia. They can use their knowledge and resources when demanding the benefits that you are entitled to.
What to Know About Workers’ Compensation
A lot of workers in the state who sustain injuries at work are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Employers who have at least three employers should carry workers’ compensation insurance or qualify as self-insured for their employees.
The workers’ compensation laws in Virginia cover almost all job-related conditions and injuries. Such coverage extends to accident-related injuries or medical conditions that develop eventually during job-related activities.
Eligible workers qualify for a lot of benefits after they develop a job-related injury or health condition. The state’s workers’ comp system covers all a claimant’s necessary medical costs related to their workplace injury and up to 2/3 of the wages they lost for missed work. Also, disability benefits are available when a worker suffers from a partial or total disability. Surviving family members of a worker who dies after a workplace accident can pursue survivor benefits.
Should You Report a Job-Related Accident?
You must always report any job-related accident to your employer. This is important even if you sustain a minor injury. This injury can worsen later. Failing to notify your employer on time can make you ineligible for compensation. You should notify your employer within thirty days of the incident or the date you got the injury diagnosis.
Whether or not you are sure about the injuries you have suffered, you must report them to your employer promptly. If you are covered by workers’ compensation insurance, your employer can assign a doctor to give you immediate treatment.
Once your employer is notified about your job-related injury, they have ten days to report it to the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission. If you sustained a minor injury, your employer has thirty days to report this. An injury is not considered minor if it causes you to miss at least seven years of work, it leads to more than $1, 000 medical expenses, or it leads to permanent disfigurement or disability.