When going to work every day, we don’t expect to get injured on the job. Unfortunately, accidents do occur and employees can become seriously injured. If you are injured at work in Virginia, you may be entitled to recover compensation. Read on to learn more about workers’ compensation in Virginia and the most important steps to take after an accident.
How Do I Provide Notice of the Accident?
After a workplace accident, you may be struggling to deal with your injuries. But, injured employees must notify their employer of the matter immediately. Doing so allows you to begin the process of obtaining workers’ compensation. Notice of an accident should be given in writing. Additionally, you should state your name and address as well as the time, place, and nature of the incident. You should also include information about your injuries. It is important to note that workers’ compensation benefits may not be provided unless the notice is given within thirty days after the incident. This is unless there is a reasonable excuse approved by the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission.
How do I File a Claim?
Injured employees should file for workers’ compensation directly with the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission. This lets them know about the accident in order to protect the employee’s right to compensation. But, it is important that you do not wait too long. In Virginia, you will generally have two years from the date of the accident to file your claim. Failing to file within two years will likely mean losing your opportunity to recover compensation. A person can file a claim in the state of Virginia in a variety of ways, including completing the Claim for Benefits Form:
- In person and delivered to any office location in Virginia
- By mail, sent to the Commission in Richmond, Virginia
- By fax
- By creating a WebFile account to file the claim with the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission online
The process of recovering workers’ compensation can be difficult, especially if you are struggling to recover from a serious injury. As a result, you should reach out to an experienced attorney who can walk you through the process. Reach out to our firm today to discuss your case.
If you have become the victim of an on-the-job injury, it may be beneficial to speak with an attorney and the doctor that is treating you to determine how to make the process as easy as possible. AllianceMeds understands that a workplace accident can be challenging and is here to help. We will deliver your medication to your door using overnight delivery and cover any out-of-pocket expenses that may arise. If you have any questions about how we can help, contact AllianceMeds today.