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When you’re hurt in the workplace, it’s not always easy to get the benefits you’re entitled to as a Virginia worker. You may be denied your Workers’ Comp benefits by your employer, which could leave you struggling to overcome your losses following the work accident.
So what are the essential elements of a successful Workers’ Comp claim? If you’re not sure where to start on your claim, make sure you have all the pieces you need for a successful claim.
First, you’ll need to gather evidence of your work-related injury. Employers and insurance companies often try to deny that the injury was serious enough to offer Workers’ Comp, or they may argue that the accident didn’t happen at work.
For example, you may have eyewitnesses to your accident. Their accounts of the accident can help you get compensated when you’re hurt on the job. Other supporting evidence may include things like medical exam records and physical evidence of the accident, such as vehicle damage.
Sometimes, it takes more than the average eyewitness to make your Workers’ Comp claim a success. You may need evidence from professionals. These expert witnesses could help prove you were injured in a work accident and that you’re due compensation.
For example, you may have suffered a spinal cord injury during your work accident. The insurance company may doubt that your injuries are as serious as they are, especially if you’re more active than they believe you should be.
Your doctor can step in as an expert witness. They can discuss the evidence of your injuries and prove you’re unable to work. Your doctor’s testimony may be a key part of your formal hearing, which can help you receive the benefits you’re due.
When you have a Workers’ Comp claim in Virginia, you may need to focus on protecting it. Many employers and insurance companies are focused on their profits, not on your recovery. Because of this, you may need to prepare a strong defense for your claim.
Gathering evidence can help you determine what your best approach is for your Workers’ Comp claim. Luckily, your lawyer can help you determine this. They can review the details of your claim and represent you in the courtroom before the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission.
When you’re hurt at work, recovering from your injuries can be difficult. Worse, you may not have gathered the elements of a Workers’ Comp claim that can help yours succeed.
Luckily, your lawyer at Pathfinder Injury Law is here to help. If you’ve been injured at work and you’re concerned about the success of your claim, reach out for help from a lawyer, starting with a free consultation. We can help you determine your needs for your claim and seek the benefits you need. To start with your free consultation, call 804-505-0633, use our chat feature, or fill out the online contact form below.
Bryn Swartz is passionate about helping others navigate work-related injuries. Read more from the founder of Pathfinder Injury Law in VA.