So you’ve received a response on your claim for benefits you filed with the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission. The insurance company has accepted your claim. What a relief! Now you can focus on your health and recovery.
Unfortunately an accepted Virginia workers compensation claim is just the beginning. Think of it like purchasing a home. When your offer is accepted on a house, you still have to pay the mortgage and taxes and make repairs. For many injured employees, an accepted claim means the Virginia workers’ compensation process is just starting.
An approved Virginia workers compensation claim may be followed by independent medical examinations (IMEs), vocational rehabilitation, the employer trying to force you to return to work, a light duty job, change in condition applications, employer applications to suspend benefits, hearings, appeals, and lump sum worker comp settlement. Work injury claims are rarely resolved easily.
You can help yourself by talking to an experienced workers’ compensation attorney right away. This gives you the best chance of protecting your rights and making sure you receive all the workers’ compensation benefits you are owed. An experienced Virginia workers compensation lawyer can also help you build your case for a top-dollar workers’ compensation settlement.