A workplace accident can happen to a Virginia employee without any notice. These accidents can leave employees with serious injuries. While medical treatment should be the first thing on a person's mind after a serious workplace accident, there are other considerations that need to come into play.
A workplace accident often results in unexpected expenses for the worker. These expenses may be recovered in a workers' compensation claim. Under Virginia's worker's compensation laws, workers are entitled to compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages and other costs related to the accident.
However, in order to qualify for workers' compensation benefits, workers must fulfill notice requirements. Under section 65.2-600 of the Virginia code, workers must give written notice of the accident to their employer.
This notice must include the date, the time and place of the accident, the name and address of the employee and any cause related to the accident or injury. It must be given to the employer as soon as practically possible after the accident. However, in any case, an employer may not have to pay benefits if this notice is not given within 30 days of the accident.
If this is notice is not given, employees may not be entitled to medical expenses related to treatment of their workplace injuries. Some exceptions may apply to this rule, but generally speaking notice is required.
It is important for injured workers to understand their legal rights and responsibilities. Workers' compensation can be a lifeline for injured employees as they recover from workplace accidents. However, there are specific steps that must be undertaken in order to qualify for benefits.