When employees in Virginia think about their workplace, they likely think about the specific task that they are undertaking. They may not think about the dangers that they could face in a workplace accident. It's often difficult for people to imagine that a workplace accident could really happen to them. However, Virginia workers should know that workplace accidents are common.
These accidents can result in a variety of serious injuries to workers. These injuries can leave people suffering temporary or permanent disabilities, require serious medical attention or rehabilitation and keep people from their jobs. Additionally, Virginia workplaces can also make an employee sick. Occupational disease and other illnesses can occur when a workplace includes environmental hazards.
In either situation, workers can find themselves facing a series of unexpected expenses. They may also face lost wages. Virginia workers need to understand how worker's compensation can help them.
Employers in Virginia are required to carry worker's compensation insurance for their employees. These workers' compensation benefits are then available to workers who have suffered a workplace injury or illness. These benefits help to pay for the medical treatment needed to treat the worker's condition. Workers' compensation benefits can also help to cover lost wages that the employee has suffered as a result of the person's absence from work.
Workers' compensation benefits, however, are not always the easiest to obtain. At our law firm we understand that there are specific legal requirements that must be met in order for an employee to be approved for workers' compensation benefits. There may also be notice requirements for employers and other legal technicalities that must be met. Our dedicated team works to get people the compensation they need to move forward from an accident. For more information about our law firm, please see our workers' compensation webpage.