When a person is injured in an accident at the workplace, it can be very impactful in their life. It can cause significant suffering and keep them from returning to work for an extended period of time, or even indefinitely. It is because of this that workers’ compensation is available to them. Workers’ compensation exists as coverage for any damages that stem from the incident. The coverage may be awarded for medical bills, lost wages, lost future wages, emotional distress, pain and suffering, death benefits, and more. In order to receive this compensation, employees are required to file a claim.
Notice of Accident
When an employee is injured on the job, they must notify their employer in order to receive workers’ compensation benefits. This allows the process of filing a claim to begin. Injured employees must give their employer written notice of the accident. The notice must state their name and address as well as the time, place, and nature of the accident and their injuries. Workers’ compensation benefits may not be available unless the written notice is given within thirty days after the incident unless there is a reasonable excuse approved by the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission.
Filing a Claim
A claim should be filed for workers’ compensation directly to the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission. This alerts them to the accident and makes sure the individual’s rights can be protected. It is important that this is done no later than two years after the accident. Failure to do so can result in a loss of workers’ compensation benefits. There are a few ways a person can file a claim in the state of Virginia. This includes 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
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.