Were you injured on a construction site? Read this article to learn why reporting a construction injury is a crucial step of the claims process.
Should I tell my boss about my work injury?
I’m often asked by my clients who come to see me after a Virginia construction accident, is it okay to talk to my employer about what happened in the accident? First, I should tell you that under Virginia Workers’ Compensation law, it’s important that you at least give the basic details when reporting a construction injury almost immediately or as soon as you possibly can after a Virginia construction accident. The next thing to remember is that you should retain your own attorney as quickly as possible and preferably before you make a statement to your employer after a construction accident. There are a variety of defenses that employers can use to deny both workers’ compensation benefits or any third-party benefits you make against other persons or companies that may be at fault in whole or part for this construction accident. It’s always best to get yourself an attorney before you make those statements. Do it quickly so that you can respond in the time that they expect with a notice of what happened in your accident.
The majority of workplace-related injury cases in Virginia are covered by workers’ compensation laws. These laws provide protections for workers and construction companies, helping injured workers receive benefits more quickly without having to pursue drawn-out court cases.
These laws do, though, limit a worker’s ability to sue his employer. In fact, in most cases, you cannot pursue a lawsuit if you were injured on the job in Virginia. To be eligible for a Virginia workers’ compensation claim, your injury must meet the following criteria:
- Occurred at work or a work-related activity
- Was caused by a work activity or task
- Occurred spontaneously at a specific time, e.g. was not caused by repetition over many years
Fortunately, Virginia’s workers’ compensation laws provide a wide range of benefits for workers. These benefits can help pay for lost wages, medical bills, and provide long-term assistance for serious injuries. If you believe you have a workers’ compensation claim, it’s important that you act fast. To file a claim, you must:
- Provide a written notice to your employer within 30 days of the injury
- File a claim within two years of a workplace accident
Our team can help you protect your rights and file a claim to receive the maximum benefits available to you. We know how important it is to you that you get this coverage and we want to be by your side to support you so that every avenue of relief has been explored.
Were you or a loved one seriously injured at a work site and have questions about reporting a construction injury to management? Contact a Virginia construction accident lawyer at The Strong Law Firm today for a free confidential consultation and case evaluation. Let our experience work for you.
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