Virtually all Virginia employers must carry workers’ compensation insurance for their employees, including those working part-time. Because of this, employees injured on the job should have their medical expenses paid and receive lost wages. However, the powerful insurance companies used by employers may try to deny legitimate claims. Workers’ compensation regulations are extremely complicated, and it is difficult for people who are denied benefits to fight this on their own.
The Rutter Mills personal injury and workers’ comp law firm protects your rights and helps you receive the benefits you deserve. Our firm has more than 50 years’ experience in helping injured workers receive compensation.
Every day, people are seriously injured on the job. The workers’ compensation system was developed so that these injured workers would not have to file personal injury lawsuits to receive medical and disability benefits.
While work injuries often occur due to employer negligence, that is not an issue in most workers’ compensation cases. These injuries must happen when the person is on the job. If the injury occurred because the worker was drunk or under the influence of drugs, or engaged in criminal behavior, fighting with another employee– workers comp will deny the claim.
Insurance companies may attempt to deny claims for various reasons. The most common include:
- Alleging the injury did not occur on the job
- Denying the severity of the injury
- Claiming the employee was an independent contractor
How a workers’ compensation lawyer can help
There are deadlines when it comes to filing a claim, and badly injured workers may not have the ability to do this on time as they struggle to regain mobility or other functions. Our workers’ compensation lawyers at Rutter Mills can ensure that claims are properly and timely filed.
An injured worker must inform the employer within 30 days, in writing, about the injury. And a claim requires filing within two years of the injury or diagnosis date with the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission. By seeking legal counsel as soon as possible, an injured worker can rest assured that all the proper paperwork and necessary documentation is submitted to meet the filing deadlines.
Contact our team of Chesapeake workers’ compensation lawyers
If you were injured while on the job and your workers’ compensation claim has been denied, or if other issues are affecting you, the workers’ compensation attorneys at Rutter Mills can help. To arrange a free consultation, call us 24/7 or contact us online. We will review your case and explain the entire process, so you know what to expect. There is never a fee unless we win.
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