Virginia Work Injury Lawyers

Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim

The attorneys at Reinhardt, Harper, Davis PLC can assist you in filing a workers’ compensation claim in a timely manner. Our Richmond, VA, firm handles many workers’ compensation claims and we can guide clients through the process to ensure they receive the maximum benefits as soon as possible. Send us an online inquiry or call (800) 884-9507 to schedule a case review.

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An attorney can help you avoid or appeal a rejected workers' compensation claim.

Reporting the Injury

The first step in the process is to report your injury to a manager, supervisor, or another authority at your company. You should do this as soon as possible. In most cases, you must report the injury within 30 days to qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. Additionally, it puts the employer on notice. It is illegal for an employer to lay you off or fire you because you filed a claim. If they do, you are still entitled to benefits.

Should the insurance company deny your claim, we can help you successfully appeal their decision so you can collect the medical and wage reimbursement benefits to which you are entitled.

Filling Out a Claim Form

After you report the injury, your employer will provide you with a claim form that you must complete. This, along with an employer-completed form, must be submitted by your employer to the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission within 10 days. Injured workers must also file a claim online within two years of the injury. Ideally, you should involve a lawyer in this process.

Independent Medical Examination (IME)

Your employer’s insurance company may or may not require you to undergo an independent medical examination. This exam involves a doctor approved by the insurance company evaluating the extent of your injury. He or she will provide the results of this exam to the insurance company, which may be used in deciding whether to approve or deny your claim.

Approval or Denial of Your Claim

 After reviewing your claim form and the results from your IME, the insurance company will either approve or deny your claim. If they deny your claim, or approve unsatisfactory benefits, you need to consult with an attorney. An attorney can help you appeal your claim so you can collect the benefits you truly deserve.

Appealing a denied claim can be overwhelming for an injured worker, so it is critical that you work with an attorney. Multiple hearings may be involved if you are still dissatisfied with their decision. An attorney can handle these processes while you concentrate on recovering from your injury.

Contact Reinhardt, Harper Davis PLC Today

Whether you have already submitted a workers’ compensation claim and it was denied, or you would like help filing your initial claim, our attorneys are here for you. We will walk you through the filing process and ensure your claim is filed within the 30-day deadline. Should the insurance company deny your claim, we can help you appeal their decision so you can collect the medical and wage reimbursement benefits to which you are entitled. Contact our law firm online or call (800) 884-9507 to set up a consultation and begin filing your worker’s compensation claim.

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