Experienced Workers’ Compensation Lawyers in Dumfries
If you have been injured in an accident at work in Dumfries, you may be entitled to wage compensation and lifetime medical benefits. Our workers’ compensation attorneys routinely appear in cases pending in Dumfries. Workers’ compensation claims can also include occupational diseases, conditions caused by exposure to hazardous substances, or carpal tunnel syndrome.
If you have been denied compensation, or are considering settlement of your claim in Dumfries, we invite you to come to our Manassas office for a free consultation with a workers compensation attorney. We can help you understand your rights. A work place injury can cause not only physical pain, injury, and suffering, but it can also cause significant financial issues due to time lost from work, medical bills, and expenses. It is imperative to retain the services of an experienced and knowledgeable Virginia workers’ compensation attorney in order to protect your rights.
Notice Of Injury
In the event you have been injured in a workplace accident in Dumfries, you must give your employer written notice of the accident within 30 days. If you fail to do so, your claim may be barred.
Filing A Claim
If you are injured at work, there are several things that you must do immediately to protect your rights. All workers’ compensation claims in Dumfries start with a Claim for Benefits. The form states the workers claim for compensation, the date of the accident, the nature of the injuries, and other identifying information about the claimant and the employer. After completing the form, it must be submitted to the Commission to create a claim. If you are being voluntarily paid by the employer or its insurer, it does not alleviate the requirement that you file a claim for benefits. If you fail to file a claim for benefits within two years of the date of the accident, your claim may be permanently barred by the statute of limitations.
Remedies in Addition to Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Although an injured worker is generally limited to filing a workers’ compensation claim against the employer, an injured worker may be able to recover from other negligent third parties in certain circumstances. For example, if an employee is injured at work in a car accident, there may be both a workers’ compensation claim, and a third party personal injury claim against the other driver.
An attorney experienced in handling both personal injury cases, and workers compensation claims, can help determine if a third party may be liable for your injuries. It is important to consult with an attorney who is experienced in both workers’ compensation cases, and personal injury cases, because workers’ compensation benefits pay for medical bills and some lost wages, but do not cover pain and suffering and other non-monetary damages. Therefore, it is always important to investigate whether third parties unrelated to your employer may also be held responsible.
Before you retain an attorney in Dumfries, make sure you read our page on Protecting Your Claim. Immediate action may be necessary on your part to prevent an accidental compromise of your claim.