As soon as you're injured on the job, the clock starts ticking to file a claim for the injury. The sooner you report it, the smoother the process will be for you and your employer; this will also be less of a hassle for your workers' compensation lawyer when they’re handling your case.
The disability lawyers of Ritchie Law Firm PLC in Charlottesville and Staunton, VA, recommend filing quickly for the following reasons:
Follow the Law
Virginia law requires for you to report your injury to your employer within 30 days and file your claim within two years. If you fail to report promptly, you may not receive compensation.
Your employer's insurance company will want to investigate your claim, a process which becomes more difficult the more time passes. If the company can't verify your injury, they are more likely to push back against your claim and deny you benefits. When you report promptly, the evidence is easier to preserve, and your workers' compensation lawyer will have more to work with if anything goes wrong with your case.
Your relationship with your employer is an important factor in keeping your life running smoothly. Your employer may face a penalty or fine for being late to report your injury, which will not win you any points.
Get Coordinated Treatment
Your employer may direct you to specific medical professionals who work with your employer to get employees back to full health. It's better to start the process of treatment with them if possible, instead of switching later on.
There are several reasons workers fail to report a workplace injury. One of the most common is the fear of being blamed or penalized for the incident. In some workplace environments, there may even be unofficial policies discouraging you from reporting. But it is illegal for your employer to prevent you from reporting an injury or to retaliate against you for it.
If you need help filing a claim or you’re experiencing resistance, now is the time to hire a workers' compensation lawyer. Call the injury lawyers of Ritchie Law Firm PLC at (540) 886-6124 for the Staunton location, call (434) 975-6124 for the Charlottesville location, or contact them online.