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Penalties for Failure to Have Workers’ Comp Insurance

Posted by B. Patrick Agnew | Feb 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

Virginia employers are generally required to carry worker's compensation insurance and insure the compensation of employees injured at work. If you believe that your employer violated these requirements and you were unfairly withheld payments, you may want to contact Richmond worker's compensation attorneys to learn your options for collecting damages. Penalties for Failure to Comply The post Penalties for Failure to Have Workers' Comp Insurance appeared first on Agnew & Rosenberger Virginia Law Firm.

Virginia employers are generally required to carry worker's compensation insurance and insure the compensation of employees injured at work. If you believe that your employer violated these requirements and you were unfairly withheld payments, you may want to contact Richmond worker's compensation attorneys to learn your options for collecting damages.

Penalties for Failure to Comply

Employers who violate their obligations under worker's compensation law may face the following penalties:

  • Not Obtaining Workers' Compensation Insurance. Employers who fail to obtain worker's compensation insurance as required or file notice of the insurance with the
  • Worker's Compensation Commission face a monetary fine of between $500 and $5,000.
  • Not Reporting Injuries or Accident. Employers who fail to report injuries or accidents to the commission also face a fine of between $500 and $5,000 if the failure to report is willful.
  • Not Filing Agreement Forms. Employers must file agreement forms with the commission that are signed by both parties within 14 days of the signing. Failure to do so can result in a $1,000 fine.
  • Not Filing Medical Records. Employers must file certain medical records related to the injury or accident. Failure to do so can result in a fine of between $500 and $5,000.
  • In addition to monetary penalties, employers can face liability for the worker's compensation amount and may lose the ability to defend itself in a lawsuit brought by the injured worker with arguments that the employee himself was negligent or assumed the risk of injury.

    This last point can be significant as employers could face enormous amounts of liability in a private lawsuit for a serious injury to an employee or even an accident causing death. Without the ability to defend itself with the claim that the employee himself was negligent, the employer severely limits its available defenses. Contact Richmond Worker's Compensation Attorneys If you believe that your employer violated its duties and obligations under worker's compensation law, you should contact an experienced attorney. Call the Richmond worker's compensation attorneys at Agnew & Rosenberger, PLLC and have us review your case and discuss your options for collecting damages.

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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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