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 casual connection between the injury and the conditions of the work place.
If you are injured, you should do two things:
- Immediately report your injury to your employer
- File a claim with the Workers’ Compensation Commission Board.
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?
- Coverage of the Act extends to employees of any person, firm or private corporation, including any public service corporation, that has regularly in service three or more employees in the same business within Virginia.
- Part-time employees may count toward this total if they are regularly in service of the employer.
What is covered under the Workers’ Compensation Act?
The Act provides benefits for:
- injuries by accident arising out of and in the course of employment
- occupational diseases
- certain ordinary diseases of life
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 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.