Workers’ compensation provides protection for employees injured on the job. You don’t have to show that your employer did anything wrong. You may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits even if the accident was partly or entirely your fault, so long as you weren’t knowingly violating any specific rules and policies of your employer. At East Coast Trial Lawyers, we serve clients who were injured at work while working anywhere in Virginia. Our Virginia Beach Workers Comp Attorneys will offer you a free consultation on your case when you contact us.
Under Virginia law, you may receive benefits for any injury that happened as a direct result of your job, even if that injury happened away from the place you usually work. When you’ve been injured at work, you may be eligible for the following benefits:
- Compensation at two-thirds of your average gross wages.
Insurance companies often make mistakes on this such as failing to include overtime.
- Lifetime Medical Benefits.
Insurance companies will refuse to pay if they deem that the treatment is not medically necessary.
- Compensation for the permanent loss of use of an arm, leg, hand, finger, etc.
Insurance companies will often try to send you to doctors who give low ratings.
- Vocational Rehabilitation.
Whereas most workers hope this means retraining, most insurers look on it as simple job placement at dead end jobs.
Workers’ Compensation coverage may extend to employees of any person, firm, or private corporation, including public service corporations, with 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.
Under Virginia law, you may receive benefits for any injury that happened as a direct result of your job, even if that injury happened away from your normal worksite.
You may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if:
- You were in an accident on the job. This includes car accidents that happen while you are working. However, crashes while commuting are usually not covered.
- You developed carpal tunnel syndrome.
- You got sick due to exposure to toxins at work, such as chemicals, asbestos or lead.
After you realize you’ve been injured on-the-job, you should see a doctor immediately, and give notice of the injury to your employer as soon as possible. You will also need documentation of your medical condition and how it was related to your work. Notifying your employer is important to protect your right to workers’ compensation benefits. You have just 30 days to let your employer know about your injury or you could be denied benefits. After that, contact us to talk about your case — the consultation is free.
Public Safety Employees, like police officers or firefighters who get certain on-the-job injuries in the line of duty, benefit from the workers’ compensation law and its presumption that these injuries were caused by their work, and therefore they are entitled to get benefits. This commonly applies to these conditions: (1) respiratory diseases; (2) hypertension or heart disease; and, (3) leukemia or pancreatic, prostate, rectal, throat, ovarian or breast cancer. Public Safety employees may also be entitled to a presumption in their favor when they have certain infectious diseases like hepatitis, meningococcal meningitis, tuberculosis, or HIV.
If you were injured at work, give us a call for a free case evaluation. As Virginia Beach Workers Compensation Attorneys, we help injured people recover the money they are owed no matter where in Virginia they were injured.