posted on July 6, 2016
Every day in our country, 12 workers die in on-the-job accidents, while as many as 9,000 others suffer serious and potentially debilitating injuries and illnesses, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports.
The most common causes of on-the-job injuries are:
When you suffer an injury or illness on the job in Virginia, workers’ compensation benefits can help you to get the medical care and treatment you need. These benefits can also replace a percentage of your lost wages.
The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission offers these benefits to ultimately help injured employees to recover and get back to the labor force (if possible). The following are different types of benefits you may be eligible to receive if you are hurt or become ill on the job:
If you are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, you may be entitled to receive medical benefits necessary to treat your injuries, including:
In addition to these benefits, you may also be entitled to compensation for transportation costs getting to and from your appointments.
On-the-job injuries often result in disabilities that can temporarily prevent you from working or from performing certain tasks required on your job. Temporary disability benefits include:
You cannot receive benefits for the first seven days of your incapacity. However, you can be reimbursed retroactively for this period if you end up being temporarily disabled for a period of 21 days or more.
Virginia workers’ compensation provides two types of benefits for employees who suffer permanent disability:
When the unthinkable happens, and a worker is killed on the job or dies as a result of his or her work-related injuries, workers’ compensation in Virginia offers death benefits to family members to help compensate them for their losses. While no amount of money can make up for the death of your loved one, these benefits can help your family meet the expenses associated with this devastating loss. Death benefits available through the WCC include:
If you or someone you care about has suffered an on-the-job injury or illness, get the aggressive legal representation you need. Contact Marks & Harrison today. Our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys stand up for injured workers, helping them to pursue all benefits they are entitled to receive.
With nine offices to serve you, including our headquarters in Richmond, we can provide a free consultation today. Simply call or reach us online to get started.
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.