These are some of the basics to remember if you’ve been hurt at work. Obviously, there is more to know and things can get complicated. But at least do this….
1) As soon as possible, notify your employer of your injury and file a claim with the state agency that handles these things. In Virginia, file a claim for benefits with the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission based in Richmond either online, by phone, or by mail. (http://vwc.state.va.us/). If you do not file quickly after you are hurt at work, you might be forever prevented from getting benefits.
2) Get medical care as soon as possible after the accident. Even if your claim has been denied and/or you do not have insurance. Remember to tell the doctor, assistant, or nurse about all of your pains, injuries, etc. To get protected by the law, having medical records showing your injuries is VERY important, especially when you are hurt at work.
3) Seek legal help as soon as possible. Find an experienced, knowledgeable attorney and meet with him/her. Consultations are often free of charge. DO NOT WORRY ABOUT MAKING THE INSURANCE COMPANY OR YOUR EMPLOYER MAD. You must protect yourself. Who else will?