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    When injured at work, employee claims fall under Virginia’s workers’ compensation laws. It pays for medical expenses and lost wages. The idea behind this policy is that employees do not have to file personal injury negligence lawsuits against their employers to receive it or prove the employer was at fault.

    In theory, this works well, but that is not always the case in actual practice. Employers or their insurance companies may try to deny or delay the claim or minimize the seriousness of the injuries.

    The Northampton County personal injury law firm of Rutter Mills assists workers who have issues receiving the compensation they are due, or whose claims are unfairly denied. We can also assist them in filling out the often complex yet necessary paperwork to file it correctly.

    Common Workplace Injuries

    Most workplace injuries are relatively minor, and the person may need only a few days off to recover. When a severe injury occurs on the job, a person may suffer permanent disability or be unable to resume their job for a long time. Common serious workplace injuries include:

    • Broken bones
    • Burns
    • Disfigurement
    • Loss of limbs
    • Loss of vision
    • Paralysis
    • Traumatic brain injury

    Workers’ comp is not limited to injuries. Those who develop job-related illnesses, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease because of exposure to chemicals in the workplace may also file.

    What to Do After a Workplace Injury

    An employee injured while on the job must seek immediate medical treatment. Reporting it to the supervisor or manager as soon as possible is also critical. Get medical help and report even minor injuries. Minor injuries can turn into major problems. Within 30 days of the accident, give the employer a written notice of the accident.

    Within 10 days of the employer receiving this written notice, they must file a “First Report of Injury” with the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission (VWCC).  In turn, the worker must file a claim with the VWCC within two years.   

    Worker’s Compensation Denial

    Virginia Workers’ Compensation regulations are complicated and time-sensitive. The most common, as well as the legal reasons for claim denial, may include:

    • Not reporting the injury to the employer within 30 days
    • Not filing the claim with the VWCC within two years
    • Non-work-related injury

    Depending on the circumstances, workers’ comp lawyers may contest the denial. For example, if the injured employee has documentation proving the injury was promptly reported to the employer, the claim can proceed on those grounds.

    Contact Our Team of Northampton County Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

    If you were seriously hurt at work, the workers’ compensation attorneys at Rutter Mills could help you receive the maximum compensation for your injuries. Call us today or contact us online to arrange a free consultation. Remember, time is of the essence when it comes to filing a workers’ comp claim, so do not delay.

    Your Lawyer Matters

    When you’ve been injured, you’ve got a lot at stake - but so does the insurance company. Walking into the court room with a serious lawyer makes all the difference. Watch our video to learn more about Rutter Mills. Your lawyer matters.

    “Nothing makes you feel more vulnerable than being hurt or ill. And nobody likes to ask for help. But when you need it most, we’re at our best. We give our clients the confidence and support they need to know they’ll be taken care of – that they’ll get the best outcome possible, even in the face of a very bad situation.”

    – Brother Rutter

    What Our Clients Say

    "The staff at Rutter Mills worked for me from the first minute I was in their office. They called and emailed every week and kept better records than I did. I was injured and had to undergo two operations from the accident. The recovery period was long with many physical therapy sessions over the next year. The staff emailed me many times, asking if there was anything they could do to make me feel better during my recovery. During this time my attorney was active in filing the paperwork for court litigation, but was contacted by the other law firm that wished to discuss settling my case. Depositions were done and the final one was scheduled and I was present to complete that phase of the case. My attorney got a maximum award for me and I will be forever grateful for his and their staff's work and attention during my time of legal need. Rutter Mills will be my only call if I ever need legal representation in the future." ★★★★★ -Dan, Rutter Mills Client