Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Legal Tip: Protect your WC Claim (Workers' Compensation)

You Must File a Claim for Workers' Compensation Benefits to Protect Your Rights:

Generally speaking, in Virginia, many times the employer or insurance company will voluntarily pay medical bills and lost wages following a work-related injury. In order to protect your right to continued medical and wage loss benefits, you must file a claim with the Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission within a fixed time period.

Generally, you must file a claim for benefits within two years of the date of your work accident. For most occupational diseases, you must file a claim within two years of the date a doctor told you that the disease was caused by your work, or within five years of the date of your last exposure, whichever is sooner.

If you do not file a timely claim, you will risk your right to future benefits. If you have not filed your claim, call an experience workers' compensation lawyer today and protect your rights!

As usual, every situation has exceptions.  Consult with a Charlottesville lawyer to get the full details.

Lynn A. Bradley, Partner
Wokers' Compensation Attorney
Tucker Griffin Barnes P.C.
Charlottesville, Virginia

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