The workers compensation system of Mathews County supports us when we get hurt on the job. Most employers are required to carry these insurance policies to cover the cost of their injured workers’ medical bills and disability benefits. While recovering these benefits is never easy, we can help.
For more than 50 years, Rutter Mills has proudly served as a personal injury and workers’ compensation law firm. We take an aggressive approach to these claims, and never back down from a fight with the big insurance companies. If you have suffered an injury at work, you deserve to be compensated. We are dedicated to ensuring you receive the maximum amount of benefits.
Notifying your employer
The claims process begins when you notify your employer of your injury. According to state law, you have a set time frame in which you must provide this notice. Generally you are required to notify your employer no more than 30 days from the date of the accident/ injury. In many cases, your employer or supervisor will be aware of your injury as soon as it occurs. Be that as it may, it is crucial that you provide formal notice to your employer as soon as possible. To protect your rights, it is in your best interest to provide this notice in writing.
There is another thing to consider when it comes to providing your employer with notice. While Virginia law gives you 30 days to notify your employer, the chances are good your employer requires you to notify them much sooner. If you violated the terms of your employment by failing to immediately notify them, you could face termination. Thankfully, seasoned workers’ comp lawyers can help you navigate the timing, as well as the deadlines.
Selecting a doctor after a work accident
The ability to choose your medical provider after a work accident is something that every state weighs differently. Some states give injured workers their choice of treating physicians, while others give the employer or their insurance company tremendous leeway. Virginia takes a mixed approach.
Under Virginia law, the insurance companies do have a say in your treatment. They are allowed to compile a list of eligible doctors, known as a panel of physicians. You, therefore, have the right to select your own provider, but it must be one that has been pre-approved by your employer. With so much say in your treatment, it can feel like the insurance company has too much power during the claims process. Workers’ compensation attorneys from Rutter Mills can help even the playing field.
Contact our team of Mathews County workers’ compensation lawyers right away
If you have suffered an injury at work, there is no better time for a case evaluation with the workers compensation lawyers of Rutter Mills than the present. Call right away to schedule your free consultation.
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