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What Happens after the Claim for Benefit Form is Filed in a Virginia Workers’ Comp Claim?

Filing the claim doesn’t immediately get the worker any money. Its primary goals are to properly preserve the worker’s claim and to formally notify the employer that the worker is making a claim.

The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission will give the employer a formal order requiring the employer to respond to your claim within 20 days. The employer will then either agree or deny the claim.

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The Crucial Parts of Your Virginia Workers’ Compensation Claim for Benefits Form

The Claim for Benefits form seems like it should be pretty simple. It’s just a one page and there are only about 20 bits of information that are requested. As with most things, the devil is in the details. If you don’t put down the correct and full information on the claim benefit form when you file it, your claim can be severely damaged. Faulty or incomplete information can make it much easier for an employer to contest parts of your claim as time goes by.

Here are some of the key points to consider.

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Pre-Existing Conditions and Virginia Workers’ Compensation

Do you know someone injured at work in Virginia? They may be facing a battle with the insurance company if they had a pre-existing condition. Good news, though, Virginia law gives them some options when it comes to their workers’ compensation case. This video gives some insight about the law and options. Be sure to …

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How does Impairment Differ from Disability in Workers’ Compensation Cases?

Both words, impairment and disability, are terms of art. This means you have to look to how and where they are being used. Impairment for social security can be different than impairment for worker’s compensation. Impairment in one version of the AMA (American Medical Association) guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Injuries can be different than another edition.

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Can Your Lawyer Approve a Workers’ Comp Settlement Without Your Permission in North Carolina?

No attorney can or should approve settlement of any legal matter including a North Carolina worker’s compensation case without your permission. Your lawyer works for you and you have the right to be informed and the right to make the decision as to settlement. As a practical matter, workers’ compensation settlements are approved through a strictly enforced process which requires that the client sign off on the settlement before it will be approved. The most a North Carolina Workers’ Compensation lawyer can do is recommend a settlement and explain the pros and cons of settling versus continuing with the litigation.

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Colonna’s Shipyard fined more than $100,000 over safety breaches

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fined Norfolk-based Colonna’s Shipyard more than $100,000 in penalties for 12 safety and health violations the agency found after an inspection in May, WAVY reported on November 19. Several of the violations cited were unguarded manholes, lack of fall protection, and defective equipment that exposed workers to electrical …

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Employers to adhere to OSHA’s stricter reporting rules next year

At the first of next year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will implement more stringent rules regarding employers’ reporting of work-related injuries, illnesses, and death. Starting January 1, OSHA will require all employers to report any incident of work-related amputations, loss of eyesight, and in-patient hospitalizations within a day. The amended the rules …

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Sen. Casey questions the OSHA’s efforts to protect temp workers

In a letter issued to the director of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) on July 10, U.S. Senate’s workplace safety subcommittee head Sen. Robert Casey scrutinized OSHA’s efforts to protect temporary workers, and asked what further actions the administration can do to increase their safety, ProPublica reported. Casey stated that he was worried about …

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If you are looking at this site, you or a loved one has probably been hurt. If that's true, you've come to the right place. Helping people who have been hurt is what we do. In fact, it is all we do. Joe Miller Law is a law firm concentrating exclusively on representing people who are injured by the carelessness of others or those hurt on the job. We provide the highest quality legal services to people who have been seriously injured. We practice Personal Injury law and Workmens' Compensation law in both Virginia and North Carolina.