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Knowing when to file a claim as an injured worker in Virginia

On Behalf of | Apr 5, 2024 | Workers' Compensation

In the state of Virginia, you have specific rights and responsibilities when it comes to filing an injury claim after a workplace accident. Unfortunately, many injured workers are unaware of the steps they need to take to receive compensation for their injuries.

With the right guidance, you can know how and when to file a workplace injury claim with confidence.

Understanding your rights

As an injured worker in Virginia, you have the right to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits can include payment for medical treatment related to your injury, as well as wage replacement if you are unable to work due to your injury.

Reporting your injury

The first step in filing a workers’ compensation claim is to report your injury to your employer. You should do this as soon as possible after the injury occurs, but no later than 30 days from the date of the accident. Failure to report your injury within this timeframe could result in a denial of your claim.

Seeking medical treatment

After reporting your injury, you should seek medical treatment from a healthcare provider authorized by the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission. Be sure to follow your doctor’s recommendations for treatment to ensure you receive the benefits you deserve.

Filing a claim

To officially file a workers’ compensation claim in Virginia, you must submit a Claim for Benefits form to the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission. This form is available from your employer or the Commission’s website. You must file your claim within two years of the date of the accident, or within two years of the date you first discover your injury, whichever is later.

If you sustain an injury on the job in Virginia, it’s important to take action to protect your rights. The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission provides detailed guidelines on how to file a claim. Making use of the resources available to you will help ensure a favorable outcome.