Workers' Compensation

Applying for and receiving workers' compensation benefits should be an easy, straightforward process. Unfortunately, that's rarely how it works. In recent years, Virginia's workers' compensation laws have changed in ways that benefit employers and disadvantage injured workers.

If you've been hurt on the job, you may be worried about what your future holds. Will you be fired? Will your claim be denied? Will you be able to support your family?

Thankfully, hiring an experienced lawyer can make the whole experience much easier and less stressful. At Slominski Law, we fight for injured workers. We fight to protect their rights and to get them the compensation they are entitled to. Give us a call and we will fight for you, too.

Understanding Eligibility

The first thing to know about workers' compensation in Virginia is that, even if an injury occurred while on the job, it is not automatically compensable.

Workers CompensationWorkers very rarely get benefits for cumulative trauma injuries, which are injuries that occur over time such as carpal tunnel syndrome. The injury must usually be specific and related to a workplace accident.

These and many other eligibility requirements can be difficult to prove, even for workers who know that their injuries are work-related. The sooner you have an attorney on your side, the easier it will be to build a strong case.

For additional information, visit our Frequently Asked Questions About Workers' Compensation page.

What Should You Do First?

It is critical to understand that whatever you say and do after a workplace accident could affect your ability to collect benefits. Some professionals that you interact with will seem genuinely concerned about your health and well-being, but they may also have a hidden agenda. Nurse case managers and vocational rehabilitation specialists, for instance, are paid by the insurance company, which means they don't necessarily have your best interests in mind.

Once you report the accident to your employer, you should discuss your case with us before signing anything or giving any official/recorded statements.

Resources

Job Search Guidelines
Vocational Rehabilitation Guidelines

Additional Forms:

Mileage Reimbursement Form
Job Search Form

Call Us For A Free Consultation

Slominski Law is located in Lynchburg, and serves clients in Lynchburg and across Virginia. Call us at 434-363-3359 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation.

For more information, please visit www.vwc.state.va.us