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Tips for Filing a Workers’ Comp Claim in Virginia
After being injured on the job, you may not know what to do next. Navigating the workers’ compensation system on your own can present a number of challenges. We recommend that you seek help from an experienced and qualified workers’ compensation attorney. Below are some tips to help you strengthen your claim.
Follow these steps to ensure that you receive the maximum amount of compensation you are owed for your on-the-job injuries.
- Report your accident. This step may seem self-explanatory, but many workers do not realize the necessity of reporting the accident that led to their injuries right away. By law, your employer and its workers’ compensation insurance carrier have the right investigate the circumstances of your accident and provide medical care to limit the extent of your injuries. If you wait to report your accident, the Workers’ Compensation Commission may bar your right to benefits because you denied your employer that chance.
- Call your workers’ compensation attorney. Speak with an experienced workers’ comp attorney before you speak with the insurance company. Remember, the insurance company is looking out for its bottom line, not yours. The claims adjuster assigned to your claim may try to get you to say something that will harm your case.
- Seek medical treatment. Even if you think the injuries you suffered in the work accident are minor, seek medical treatment immediately. Tell the health care provider that you were injured at work so that the medical evidence supports your claim should you have to go to a hearing.
- Ask your attorney for advice throughout. Simply retaining a workers’ compensation attorney is only part of the process. Be proactive and contact your workers’ compensation attorney any time you have a question or need advice regarding your claim. You and your work injury lawyer are a team.
We have four offices across Maryland and Virginia with trained legal professionals ready to assist you. Please CALL US at 1-800-243-2439 to be directed to the closest Jenkins Block & Associates location to you.