posted on October 16, 2015
If you have been injured on the job or during the course of any work-related task, you may need a workers’ compensation attorney to help protect your interests and pursue benefits.
Legal representation should be sought in cases in which:
You have suffered either a temporary or permanent disability which prevents you from being able to return to work or continue at your prior job;
You are concerned whether your legal rights are protected and whether you are receiving what you are entitled to;
Your injury was caused as a result of product liability or third-party negligence.
No negligence or fault has to be shown by either party. The simple fact that an employee was injured during the course of doing his or her job is generally all that is needed for eligibility to pursue benefits.
Injured workers who are unsure as to their legal rights can seek counsel with a workers’ comp attorney at Marks & Harrison, a Richmond workplace injury law firm.
Workers who wish to file a claim seeking workers’ compensation benefits must be aware of the many steps that are necessary in a successful claim.
If you have been injured at work and need to file a claim, make sure you do the following:
Seek immediate medical attention;
Inform the doctor or medical professional treating you that your injury is work-related so it is noted in your medical records;
Give your doctor a complete account of the accident, as well as all injuries you believe you may have sustained, and any pain you are experiencing;
Follow the doctor’s orders to the letter, as failure to do so can cause you harm and could result in a denial of benefits; and
File an official claim with the Workers’ Compensation Commission.
Failure to do so within two years from the date of your accident may put your workers’ comp benefits in jeopardy.
Once the Commission receives this information, it sends information to the employee letting him or her known about legal rights and responsibilities.
If a claim is denied, an injured worker has the right to request a hearing in which the validity of the claim and the denial of benefits will be reviewed.
If you or a loved one has been injured at work, we recommend you seek guidance from a workers’ compensation attorney.
Louis D. Snesil is a graduate of the College of William & Mary and the University of Richmond School of Law who has practiced law in Virginia since 1983. He concentrates his practice on workers’ compensation cases at Marks & Harrison. Louis served for 15 years as a member of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association’s Board of Governors and for three years as the Chair of the organization’s Workers’ Compensation section. He is also a member of the American Association for Justice and Workers Injury Law & Advocacy Group. He was listed in The Best Lawyers in America in 2014.