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workers compensation lawyers Arlington VAWhen an employee of the Commonwealth does not get offered, or does not receive the workers compensation they are entitled to, it may be time to call workers compensation lawyers Arlington, VA employees have grown to trust.

Every state has workers compensation laws in place that are meant to protect workers who are injured, or develop an occupational illness or condition. Many workers do not realize what those rights are and what requirements there are to file a claim until they are actually injured. The following is a brief overview of what rights injured workers have. For more detailed information about the rules and regulations in your state, contact workers compensation lawyers in Arlington, VA or ones who are located in the jurisdiction where your workers compensation concerns began.

What should an employee do if they have been injured on the job?

The first thing an injured employee should do is seek medical attention. Once that has been done, the employee needs to notify the employer of their injury. Many companies have procedures in place – usually found in the employee handbook – which will provide details of what the company requires when filing a claim. To help you to understand what you should do and what your rights are, you can discuss your situation with workers compensation lawyers in Arlington, or the place in VA or another state, where your accident occurred.

Even if your company does not have a specific procedure, it is a good idea to provide notification to your employer in writing – preferably via email which will create an electronic “paper trail” – of the details of the accident. These details should include when it happened, where it happened, how it happened, if there were any witnesses to the accident, and the extent of your injuries.

Keep in mind that each state has a statute of limitations on how long an employee has to notify their employer. Once that window has passed, so too has the opportunity to file a claim.

Your next step will depend on the state you live in. Some states require the injured employee to also file a claim with the state agency that oversees workers compensation, while other states require the employer to file. Workers compensation lawyers in Arlington and throughout Virginia can explain the process to you if your employer is in VA. Some Virginia lawyers are also licensed to practice in other states.

What benefits will an injured employee qualify for?

The following are the general benefits that many injured workers may receive:

  • Medical benefits
  • Temporary total disability benefits
  • Permanent total disability benefits
  • Vocational rehabilitation benefits
  • Death benefits for surviving family members

Can an employer fire an injured employee for filing a workers compensation claim?

This is something that many workers fear will happen if they file a claim because they have been injured or have developed a work-related condition. The workers compensation laws in each state protect employees from being fired because they filed a claim. If you are threatened with job loss in Arlington, contact your VA workers compensation lawyers immediately.

How does an injured worker know if their employer has workers compensation insurance?

Each state sets the requirements on whether or not a company is required to have workers compensation insurance. It is based on the number of employees a company has. The number varies from state to state; with some states requiring insurance if the employer has even one employee. You can find out what the requirements are from the workers compensation commission in your state. A workers compensation attorney can also provide you with that information.

For workers compensation lawyers Arlington VA workers and their families can rely on, contact Cohen & Cohen, P.C. for a free case consultation and evaluation, any time of the day or night, any day of the year.

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