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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.

Do you have more questions? We have the answers! Call our Virginia workers’ compensation law firm at 571.290.2390 to get in contact with us at any time.

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Why Choose The Barrera Law Firm?

  • We have over 30 years of personal injury and immigration experience.

  • You will be included on every step throughout the entirety of your case.

  • Fluent in English & Spanish to ensure your voice is heard no matter the language.

  • Our client-centered approach has proven to create a strategy optimized for your needs.