Many workers injured on the job are hesitant to file a workers’ compensation claim. They might be under pressure from their employer to not file, or they might feel embarrassed because they think a workers’ compensation claim is a sign of weakness. Others might feel like they don’t need workers’ compensation to recover at all. However, filing a claim isn’t a lawsuit against your employer and cannot legally lead to your dismissal from your job.
The reason filing a workers’ compensation claim is so important is it provides injured employees with the means of recovering from a work-related injury. Unlike a personal injury claim, you don’t need to prove your injury resulted from the negligence of your boss. Even if you were partially liable for your accident, as long as it happened on the job, you are eligible for benefits.
Workers’ comp benefits include the following:
-Permanent partial disability
-Wage loss replacement
Some of these benefits are especially useful if your injury prevents you from working for an extended period. In Virginia, employers must pay their workers a weekly compensation equal to 66.67% of the worker’s average weekly wages while he or she recovers.
If you were harmed on the job and are unsure how to proceed, let our Richmond workers’ compensation lawyers help. Harbison & Kavanagh are dedicated to helping injured workers seek the compensation they deserve. We understand this might be a time of extreme stress and hardship for your family. Let us see what we can do to help you file a claim or dispute a denied claim.
Contact us at (804) 823-2050 or fill out our online form to schedule your free case consultation today.