Workers' Compensation claims can be confusing for injured workers because of the numerous technical requirements that must be met in order to properly file a claim. Also, many injured workers' believe that they have properly filed a claim by speaking to their employer's insurance company. This can result in an injured worker believing that he has properly filed a claim when in fact he is receiving voluntary benefits which can be terminated at any time.
When a Virginian is hurt at work, the law prevents him from filing suit in a court of law. Claims for workplace accidents must be filed with the Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission within two years from the date of the accident. In some cases, an injured worker may be able to file a civil suit against a third party who is at fault for the accident. The attorneys at BoobergLaw have represented many people who pursued both types of claims.
Many injured workers are also surprised to learn that the insurance company adjusters do not have to tell them the truth about their workers' compensation rights. Often, injured workers give recorded statements and take other actions which are not in their best interest because they are told that they must do so in order to receive benefits.
If you are injured at work you should:
- Notify your supervisor immediately
- Do not give a recorded statement to your employer, the adjuster or anyone else
- Seek necessary medical care from the list of physicians provided by your employer
- File a claim with the Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission within two years of your accident
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Contact BoobergLaw today at 804-440-4000 to talk to us. We will take the time to review your case with you and explain the legal and insurance system and how it affects your case. We will also explain how we can help you receive compensation. All of our consultations are free. We are located in Richmond, Virginia and our attorneys are licensed in Virginia and South Carolina but we can represent clients throughout the United States, with permission.
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