Workplace Accidents Attorneys in Richmond & Tappahannock, VA

Workplace Accidents

Accidents can occur anywhere at any time. But when an accident occurs while you are at work or on a job site, your employer may be required to compensate you for your medical bills and lost income during your recovery. But there are special rules governing such compensation, which may affect your rights to bring a personal injury claim against your employer, even if they were negligent in causing your accident.

An experienced Richmond workplace accidents lawyer can represent you if you need legal advice or representation in these matters. Attorney Ryan Wind is an experienced Virginia litigator who has often represented individuals who have been injured on the job. He and his team at Wind Law, LLC, can help ensure you receive the compensation you are entitled to under the law.

How Virginia’s Workers’ Compensation System Can Help You

Workers’ Compensation System

Most Virginia employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. Workers’ compensation, as the name suggests, is designed to provide certain benefits to employees who are injured in the course of their employment. More to the point, workers’ compensation is designed to be a “no fault” system, so it does not matter whether the employer or employee’s negligence was responsible for the accident in the first place.

Workers’ compensation only applies to certain accidents. Basically, your injury must have occurred while you were at work or at a job-related function. The injury itself must have been caused by a work-related activity and happened suddenly at a specific time. Workers’ compensation will typically not cover injuries that occur outside of work, including any time spent commuting to or from your job.

Workers’ compensation benefits are determined by state law. Your employer must typically pay for any medical costs arising from your injury. You can also receive “wage replacement benefits” of two-thirds of your average pre-accident wages for up to 500 weeks. If you suffer a partial or permanent disability in the accident, the law provides additional compensation in those situations.

It is important to note that so long as your injuries are covered by workers’ compensation, you cannot file a personal injury lawsuit against your employer, even if their negligence caused your accident. Workers’ compensation is designed to limit the employer’s liability in such cases. That said, workers’ compensation does not apply to third parties. So if someone outside of your employer was responsible for causing a workplace accident, you may be entitled to separately seek compensation against them for your injuries.

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Virginia’s workers’ compensation laws require injured employees to follow a number of rules in order to obtain benefits. Our skilled Richmond workplace accidents lawyer can assist you in this process. And if your employer partially or completely denies your claim for benefits, we can help you there as well.

The reality is that many workers are unsure of their rights when it comes to seeking compensation for an accident. Employers and their insurance companies often try to exploit that ignorance to their own benefit. Do not put yourself in this situation. If you need to speak with an attorney, contact Wind Law, LLC, today to schedule an initial consultation.