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Mark Broadwell Aug. 15, 2013

How Can You Claim Worker’s Compensation?

If you are injured on the job in Virginia, you are eligible for benefits. There are legal hurdles that need to be cleared, however, and your employer can make this process either easy or difficult. If you are injured or sickened on the job in Virginia, you should consult Newport News workers compensation attorneys who can help you make sure you get through the process.

Virginia law demands that anyone injured on the job report their injury or illness to their employer immediately, and that they file a claim with the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission within two years of the initial incident. At the same time, your employer is required to file a report of the injury or disease within 10 days. As you can imagine, this latter step often does not happen. In that case, file your claim directly with the Compensation Commission.

If your employer does not report your accident, and you are making a claim for an accident that he or she says did not happen, or did not cause your injury — or if you have an illness that your employer denies was caused by the job — you will need to make a case to the Commission for a settlement. Assembling the evidence for this case, and presenting it in the terms that the Commission is looking for, requires the services of workers’ compensation lawyers in Newport News experienced in working with the Commission.

The attorneys of Forbes and Broadwell have obtained numerous settlements on behalf of clients injured on the job whose employers initially denied responsibility for their injuries. If you have been injured on the job and are concerned about getting compensation, or if you have begun a claim against your employer and met a brick wall, you need to consult the skilled attorneys of Forbes and Broadwell today.