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Filing a Virginia Workers’ Compensation Case

Posted by B. Patrick Agnew | Dec 12, 2012 | 0 Comments

Getting injured on the job can be an incredibly trying experience, and the stress only gets worse if your employer denies your workers' compensation claim. If you have been injured at work and had your claim rejected, consider speaking with a Richmond workers' comp attorney to help you better understand your case. Why Was My The post Filing a Virginia Workers' Compensation Case appeared first on Agnew & Rosenberger Virginia Law Firm.

Getting injured on the job can be an incredibly trying experience, and the stress only gets worse if your employer denies your workers' compensation claim. If you have been injured at work and had your claim rejected, consider speaking with a Richmond workers' comp attorney to help you better understand your case.

Why Was My Claim Denied?

Workers' compensation claims in Virginia may be denied by employers for many reasons; however, some of the more common justifications include:

  • Lack of a specific, immediate injury—In order to successfully file a workers' compensation claim following an accident, you must have suffered your injury from a specific, immediate event. For example, if you filed a claim stating that you suffered the injury after lifting heavy objects for an hour, your claim could easily be denied.
  • Failed to notify employer within a reasonable time—Virginia law requires that you inform your employer of your injury within 30 days. If for some reason you waited past the 30-day period, your claim may be denied.

How Can I Appeal My Employer's Decision?

Just because your employer has denied your claim does not mean that you will not receive benefits. The final decision on whether or not you are owed workers' compensation benefits is made by the Workers' Compensation Commission. To file a claim with the commission, go to http://www.vwc.state.va.us/portal/vwc-website and download a “Claim for Benefits” form. Claims must be sent to the commission within two years of your injury.

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B. Patrick Agnew

B. Patrick Agnew was born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia and Bedford County. He received his undergraduate degree from Liberty University and studied philosophy and government. Patrick received his law degree from the Regent University School of Law.

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