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What Type of Injuries Does Workers’ Compensation Cover in Virginia?

Posted by B. Patrick Agnew | Feb 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Workers' compensation exists to help employees who have experienced a work-related injury. It is designed to help workers who are forced to take time off of work in order to heal, providing a way for those employees to recover wages and other financial damages that may have been lost as a result of the injury. The post What Type of Injuries Does Workers' Compensation Cover in Virginia? appeared first on Agnew & Rosenberger Virginia Law Firm.

Workers' compensation exists to help employees who have experienced a work-related injury. It is designed to help workers who are forced to take time off of work in order to heal, providing a way for those employees to recover wages and other financial damages that may have been lost as a result of the injury. Generally, workers' compensation covers an injury when it is connected to an employment requirement or condition.

Below is a list of the occasions covered by workers' compensation:

  • An injury as a result of doing something on behalf of your employer
  • An injury that occurs in the workplace
  • An injury that occurs in a company vehicle
  • An injury that occurs at a location associated with the worker's job

Although many injuries can be categorized into the above classifications, other workers' compensation injuries are more abstract.

Here is an example:

Sally is a server at a restaurant where employers permit guests to smoke as they please. Over time, Sally begins to experience signs of lung damage. After going to the doctor, she finds that she has contracted a form of lung cancer due to the smoke that she was surrounded by on a normal basis. She files for workers' compensation and finds that she is covered by her employer. Sally's medical expenses, regarding treatments and appointments for her condition contracted in the workplace, are covered by workers' compensation.

As the example above has shown, not all injuries are inflicted immediately. However, many injuries, such as Sally's, can occur over time. In more complicated situation such as these, it may be appropriate to speak to a workers' compensation attorney. By doing so, you can understand the ins and outs of the compensations you should receive.

Not all injuries are claimed even if they occur on jobsites. Some examples of this are in cases when:

-An employee who was drinking when injured

-An employee under the influence of drugs when injured

– If the employee was injured participating in an employer-restricted activity

Workers' compensation claims differ from case to case. Therefore, it is not always clear whether an injury is covered and considered work-related. For this reason, it is important to speak with an experienced workers' compensation lawyer as soon as possible. The Virginia workers' compensation attorneys at Agnew & Rosenberger, PLLC understand the stresses that a work-related injury can put on you and your family.. We are available around the clock, 24/7, to answer any questions you may have.

If you have a case you wish to discuss, call us at (844) 336-0306

About the Author

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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