Pharmacy for Injured Workers in Virginia
If you suffered a work injury in Virginia, AllianceMeds can help! The workers’ compensation process is confusing, and the Insurance Company puts up obstacles that prevent injured workers from receiving the treatment they need. As a trusted Virginia workers compensation pharmacy, AllianceMeds understands Virginia workers’ compensation laws and provides medications to injured workers, on time, with no cost to the injured worker, their attorneys or physicians. We overnight medications directly to the injured worker’s home and handle all the hassles with the Insurance Carrier so the injured worker can focus on getting better. Sign up with AllianceMeds today!
Insurance Carriers may try to force injured workers to use a mail order pharmacy of the Insurance Company’s choice. This is an attempt by the Insurance Carrier to control the injured workers’ treatment. If the Insurance Company denies payment of medications, their pharmacy will refuse to fill medications. AllianceMeds is different. We understand the Virginia workers’ compensation laws and will fight on behalf of the injured worker! Even if prescription bills are denied or the case is in litigation, AlliaceMeds will continue to provide medications to the injured worker. We will fill out all claim forms and work with the injured workers’ attorney on all reimbursement issues. AllianceMeds allows the treating physician to control the injured workers’ medical treatment, not the Insurance Company!
Most Common Workplace Injuries in Virginia
While any job carries some risk of workplace injuries, certain industries tend to see higher numbers of workers compensation claims.
The mining industry in Virginia led the list in 2021 with the most workers comp claims. Retail trade and “non-classifiable establishments” came in second and third place, respectively.
The specific injuries that lead to workers compensation claims vary from one industry to the next. However, the most prevalent injuries are:
- Shoulder Injuries: Workers can sustain shoulder injuries when lifting heavy objects or falling. Repetitive motion over time can also lead to tendinitis, rotator cuff injuries or other shoulder damage.
- Back Injuries: Lifting, pulling or pushing heavy objects is a common cause of lower-back pain sustained in the workplace.
- Knee Injuries: Knee injuries can occur as a result of slipping and falling, overusing the knee joint or by being struck by a heavy object at work.
- Concussions: Slipping and falling, or otherwise being struck in the head by something heavy, can leave a worker with a concussion.
Understanding Virginia Workers Compensation Laws
Virginia is not alone in having specific laws regarding workers compensation. Here are some of the highlights:
Under Virginia law, nearly every employer in the state is required to purchase workers compensation insurance with certain minimums depending on the type of injury. If you are injured on the job, policy coverage typically includes paying for your medical expenses — including medications — lost wages, disability benefits (if qualified) and other benefits.
Employers with at least two employees must:
- Obtain and maintain at least the minimum required coverages;
- Make workers aware of their rights by posting a Workers Compensation notice in the workplace; and
- Report all work-related injuries and illnesses to the insurance carrier.
It’s important to note that independent contractors are not counted as “employees” and therefore are not covered under the employer’s insurance. However, if it appears the employer was exerting some control over the relationship, an injured worker will likely be deemed an employee and will be covered under the employer’s workers comp plan.
AllianceMeds ensures prescription medications for injured workers are delivered on time without the hassles of dealing with the Insurance company. Our service is free! There is no cost to injured workers, their attorneys or physicians. Our medication delivery services include:
- Free overnight delivery of your workers’ compensation medications
- Eliminates out-of-pocket expenses
- The security of knowing you will always have the medications you need because we send refill requests to your doctor 7 to 10 days before they are scheduled to run out
- Medications delivered in easy-open, childproof or blister packaging
- All FDA approved medication filled, including Schedule II Narcotics
- Immediate notification of UPS tracking number when your medication has shipped
- Acceptance of prescriptions by mail for all medications
- Acceptance of Schedule II, III, IV and V class medications as well as non-scheduled class medications electronically
AllianceMeds believes it is easier for injured workers to focus on recovering from their injuries when we handle all aspects of their workers’ compensation prescriptions. Virginians can rely on us during the challenging time after a workplace accident. Our simple and quick enrollment process is as follows, we:
- Call the worker to start enrollment
- Ask your physician to send the prescription directly to our pharmacist
- Obtain all of the necessary documentation from the worker’s attorney
- Complete all claim forms and bill the insurance carrier directly
- Refill prescriptions automatically before they run out
- Ship medications to the worker’s front door with UPS overnight delivery
Contact Your Workers’ Compensation Home Delivery Pharmacy
Making the process of medication delivery simpler starts with a call to our workers compensation pharmacy team. Whether you are a physician, attorney, or injured worker, it is important to have a team of experienced pharmacists, workers’ compensation attorneys, and paralegals, and a compassionate staff on hand to ensure the road to recovery is as smooth as possible. We fight against insurance companies who employ unscrupulous tactics to limit or deny payout. We are champions for Virginian workers. If you have been injured in a workplace accident, contact AllianceMeds to discuss your needs with a representative or enroll online today for quick, effective, and reliable medication delivery.
Frequently Asked Questions
What types of injuries are covered under workers compensation in Virginia?
In Virginia, an injury or illness will generally be eligible for workers compensation coverage if it is related to the nature of the employer’s work and occurs while the employee is working.
For example, work-related injuries to a worker’s back, neck, shoulders, elbows or knees could be covered, as could burns, broken bones, lacerations, sprains/strains, traumatic brain injuries and even COVID-19 for health care workers. Respiratory illnesses such as COPD, mesothelioma or asthma may also be covered if they were sustained in the course of employment.
How do I file a workers compensation claim in Virginia?
Once you’ve notified your employer of your injury, you can file a workers compensation claim with the Virginia Workers Compensation Commission. This must be filed within two years of the date of the accident. Many people hire a workers compensation lawyer to assist with this process.
Then, seek medical treatment. Your employer should give you a list of at least three doctors from whom you can obtain treatment, and you must choose a doctor from the list in order to be covered. Make sure to document the injury, any witnesses and all medical treatment received.
What benefits will I receive under workers compensation in Virginia?
Workers compensation is designed to pay for your medical expenses, which includes medications. If your injury or illness keeps you from working at the same capacity as before the injury or illness occurred, you may also be entitled to additional workers compensation benefits for Temporary Total Disability, Temporary Partial Disability or Permanent Total Disability. There are different calculation formulas for each of these categories of disability.
These additional disability benefits are tied to your wages and are based on a calculation of your average weekly wage (AWW). State law provides different methods for calculating AWW based on your length of employment and sets minimum and maximum compensation rates. These amounts are subject to change from year to year.
Ultimately, there are a number of factors that can impact your AWW amount. If you are concerned that the calculation used was inaccurate or does not represent the amount of benefits you believe you are entitled to receive, you can appeal the determination to the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission.