Workers’ Compensation Process in Virginia
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For many injured workers, the hardest part of getting
workers’ compensation benefits is just beginning the process. It can be unclear where to start and who
you should contact for information. Most employers only know they need
workers’ compensation insurance and that is it. They cannot provide
insight or guidance for workers in need.
This is where The Barrera Law Firm, PLLC and our workers’ compensation
lawyers in Alexandria, Virginia step in and take over. We have 30+ years
of legal experience managing
workers’ compensation claims for clients employed in all sorts of occupations and who have suffered
all types of workplace injuries. It is always our goal to do whatever
we can to secure our clients as much compensation as possible, allowing
them to feel comfortable and confident as they recover.
Schedule a consultation
with our firm today to learn more.
The Usual Process for Workers’ Comp Cases in Virginia
Every workers’ compensation case is different from the next. However,
there is a step-by-step process for filing a claim and seeking benefits
that you should try to follow as best you can, regardless of the details
behind your workplace injury. Our attorneys are here to make certain you
know what to do next and why. Not comfortable managing your own claim?
Not to worry — we will gladly act on your behalf if you prefer.
For your claim, the following process is likely what you should follow:
Report your injury: The first thing you need to do is report the injury to your boss, supervisor,
or manager. The sooner you can let your employer know about your workplace
accident, the better. Virginia also has a 30 day statute of limitations
to report an injury. If you do not say anything within the first 30 days
after your accident or after discovering your injury, then you might not
be able to get any benefits.
Undergo treatments: Your employer should provide you with a list of physicians you can see
for diagnosis, assuming your injuries do not constitute a medical emergency.
Virginia requires you to see one of the named physicians. Do not put this
off, as not getting treatment at all gives insurers reason to believe
you might be falsifying your claim or exaggerating your injuries.
Filing the claim: After you have reported your injury and seen a physician, it is time to
file your claim. Virginia law does not automatically require your employer
to file your claim once you report it, so it is up to you. Our Alexandria
workers’ comp lawyers can help you decide how to file, whether it
be by mail, fax, personal delivery, or online application. We will also
ensure you have filled out all the paperwork correctly.
Review the response: Once we file your workers’ compensation claim, the situation will
temporarily be out of our hands. The responding insurance company will
take time to investigate your claim and determine what it believes is
the right amount of workers’ compensation benefits. Upon receiving
their response, which may take several weeks, allow us to review it for fairness.
Consider appeals: If we determine the response is not offering you enough benefits based
on your unique situation, then we will want to talk to you about filing
an appeal. Through an appeal, you can ask for a second look at your claim
in hopes of obtaining more, or any, benefits.
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