Virginia Workers' Compensation - How to file a claim
1. Print out a claim form, read the instructions on the back of the claim form, and follow them. Make sure to save a copy of anything that you send to the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission. \n \n2. You will need all the basic information. While some of these items might seem obvious, you should make sure you have all your bases covered before you try to file your own claim. \n \n For starters you will need your identifying data, such as name, date of birth, social security number, etc. You will need the name, address, and telephone number of your employer. You should also know when and where the accident happened. \n \n3. For a Virginia Workers Compensation claim the details of the work accident are especially important. If there is any question as to whether or how an accident happened, speak with a lawyer before filing your own claim. \n \n Keep it simple. If you fell at work, make sure you list the reason or cause of your fall. One of the most common issues which arises in Virginia Workers’ compensation claims is that of a worker who can’t explain why he/she fell. \n \n Be aware that there is a requirement under Virginia law that the injured worker be able to relate the cause of the fall to some condition related to the employment. The floors may have been wet or greasy, you might have fallen from a height, or you might have tripped while carrying something and as a result couldn’t see what was in front of you. Whatever the case, make sure that you can connect your fall to a condition at your workplace. \n \n4. Unless you are actually claiming an occupational disease, leave that section blank. In the event that you are claiming an occupational disease, it is highly recommended that you hire a lawyer to represent you. There is a requirement that you are able to relate your illness to your exposure at work, and you would be well served to hire an experienced workers compensation lawyer. \n \n5. List all your injuries. Start at your toes and work your way up your body and list every body part that was injured or hurt in the work accident. Be specific and double check your list to make sure that you are claiming all your injured body parts. It is not enough to just say that you were “hurt” or “injured”, you should be able to state what parts of your body were affected. \n \n6. Know what benefits you are claiming. If you are unable to work, check the box for total wage loss and make sure you list the period of disability. If you are still disabled, state that on the claim form. Make sure you have a disability slip signed by your physician. \n \n If you are claiming for medical treatment, make sure you request payment of lifetime medical costs. If you are filing a claim in order to get specific medical bills paid, check that box, and attach copies of the bills to your claim. \n \n These are but a few helpful tips in connection with filing your own Virginia Workers’ Compensation Claim. Filing a claim is but the first step in obtaining what you are due under the Virginia Workers’ Compensation statute. Should you have any doubts regarding your claim or your rights under Virginia law, please call one of our experienced workers’ compensation lawyers for a free consultation.