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What You Need to Know Before Filing for Workers' Comp

What You Need to Know Before Filing for Workers' Comp

If you were injured in your place of work, you are going to want access to workers’ compensation benefits. Unfortunately, employers and their insurance company often try to fight these claims since they are generally interested in securing the best outcome for themselves, which is to pay you less than you deserve, or to deny your claim entirely. If you have never been through the process before and are unsure of what to expect, this can make the process even more overwhelming, so it is important to educate yourself to increase your chances of having a successful workers’ compensation claim.

Here is some helpful information you should know before you begin filing for workers’ compensation:

  • Report the injury to your employer as soon as possible: This is critical to the entire claims process, so make sure you tell your boss if you sustain a work-related injury as soon as you are physically able to. Waiting to report the problem will make it easier for your employer to suggest that the injury or illness you sustained was caused by something outside of work. Not only does postponing this crucial step mean your employer can dispute the veracity of your claim, but you might entirely miss the reporting deadlines. The last thing you want to do is risk missing out on these important benefits, so make sure you report it as soon as you can.
  • Seek medical attention with the right person: When you seek medical attention, make sure it is with the right medical professional. Of course, in emergency situations, you might not have control over where you receive medical attention. However, if you are not facing an emergency situation, you need to work with your employer or their insurance company to see an approved doctor or specialist.
  • Inform the doctor that you were injured at work: When you receive medical treatment and beginning filling out forms, make sure you let your doctor know that you sustained the injury while on the job. This will ensure your medical records explain that your injury was work-related. Under Workers’ Comp law, you are entitled to have your medical bills covered. Making the doctor aware of the cause of your injury will ensure that the bill is forwarded to your employer’s insurance company rather than you.
  • Keep all of your records: Keeping accurate and detailed records is a critical part of ensuring your claim is successful. Oftentimes, claims are rejected due to missing records and paperwork, so stay organized and keep a record of everything, including your accident report, medical forms and reports, mileage to and from the doctor, and records of any other expenses associated with your work injury.
  • You need a lawyer in your corner: Although you are not required to have an attorney, keep in mind that your employer and the insurance company will have attorneys fighting for them. You should have the same amount of protection to keep a level playing field and ensure you do not get trampled on. He or she will be able to advise you of your rights, guide you through the process and, if your claim is rejected, your attorney can file an appeal to reverse the decision.

Virginia Workers’ Compensation Attorney

If you recently suffered an injury at your place of work, the Virginia workers’ compensation team at The Barrera Law Firm, PLLC can help you fight for the full compensation to which you are entitled. Our attorneys are backed by over three decades of legal experience and are equipped with an in-depth knowledge of the law, which we will put to work for you. Reach out to us today.

Contact us at (571) 290-2390 to schedule a free case evaluation.