Lifetime Medical Benefits in Richmond
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On the job injuries are a very real hazards for nearly any worker. Everyone from a retail worker to those working in the most risky professions like longshore or manufacturing jobs could potentially face a serious and possibly life-changing injury if an accident were to occur. Thanks to the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act, workers are protected in numerous ways, including a guarantee of lifetime medical attention and treatment coverage should they ever become injured while on the job. In fact, the act covers nearly any workplace injury for as long as the consequences continue to cause problems for someone, even many years down the line.
- Medical benefits that are covered under the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act include:
- Office visits
- Physical therapy
- Ambulatory devices
- Inpatient admissions
Injuries can linger and continue to require attention for a while, and the longer it’s been since the accident which caused the injury, the more likely it is your employer will dispute any claims presented their way. If your claim has been denied, it’s important that you retain the assistance of a skilled Richmond workers’ compensation attorney from Harbison & Kavanagh. With over 40 years of experience, we have helped numerous clients get the medical treatment benefits they are entitled to after they have been injured at work. We understand how important quality medical treatment can be, and we won’t stop until you’ve been able to see a doctor and get the help you need without anything out of your pocket. We believe in protecting the rights of workers, including the right to see a doctor after an injury, and we fight tirelessly and effectively to preserve them.
Call Harbison & Kavanagh today at (804) 888-8000 to schedule a free consultation!
What Kind of Benefits Are Available?
The law provides for several different types of benefits for employees who have sustained an injury or occupational illness while on the job. These benefits are at no cost to the injured employee, and are required to be covered for as long as the employee suffers from the condition.
You are allowed to see a treating physician, though your employer may choose a panel of three physicians for you to choose from. You may object if the choices are not adequate for your needs, but it’s advised you speak with an attorney before making your choice. You may change your physician, but only in select circumstances.
If you suffer from depression, anxiety, PTSD, or other mental illnesses that can be linked to your job, the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission will order your employer to provide you with psychiatric care at no cost to you.
If your injury requires you to see a specialist for proper treatment, your employer will be required to provide you with a specialist for further treatment. The employer may not manage or control who the specialist is.
If you have lost an arm, hand, leg, foot, eye, tooth, or other limb, your employer may be required to cover the costs of a replacement prosthetic for you. The employer must also repair any of these devices that are damaged in an accident. This also covers your hearing—your employer may be required to cover the cost of hearing aids if your hearing suffers from your work.
If the Commission considers it necessary that you receive in-home treatment from a nursing service as a result of your injury, your employer will be required to cover these costs. The circumstances around this is fairly rare, so you should speak with an attorney if your treating physician recommends your receiving in-home care.
Stand up for your rights to medical benefits if you have been injured at work! Contact Harbison & Kavanagh online to get started with your case.