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Workers compensation is an insurance program required by the state. It is meant to compensate employees who are injured at work or become ill because of their job.
Workers comp benefits generally are paid to an injured employee, regardless of who was at fault. However, the injured worker forfeits his or her right to sue the employer for damages.
Once you have selected a treating physician, related medical care provided by him or her and any medical providers to whom you are referred will be covered.
You have been injured in a compensable workers’ compensation accident and the employer or their insurer is paying for your medical treatment. You are relieved that you are able to obtain medical treatment but do not leave other medical benefits unclaimed.
They are also required to pay for all related medications and reimburse you for travel to and from your medical providers. It is important to keep all receipts for medications and to keep a mileage log. Currently the rate of reimbursement is $.555 per mile, so this can really add up!
Almost everyone working for another under a contract of hire or in an apprenticeship is considered an employee, including minors and including aliens regardless as to whether they are lawfully in the US.
According to the VWC, an employee must file a claim with the Workers’ Compensation Commission within two years from the date of the accident or any right to benefits may be lost.
Claims for an occupational disease must be filed within two years from the date the doctor tells the employee the disease is work related, or five years from the date the employee was last exposed to the work condition causing the disease, whichever is sooner. (Certain diseases, such as asbestosis, byssinosis, silicosis and coal workers’ pneumoconiosis have different limitation periods.)
If after returning to work, you are again disabled, you must file a claim within two years of the date for which you were last paid compensation under an award. (This is called a “change in condition.”) Payment only goes back 90 days from the date of filing with the commission.
Even if the employer has paid lost wages or provided medical care, it is still the employee’s responsibility to file a claim with the commission. If no claim is filed with the commission or no award entered, the employer may stop paying medical expenses or wage loss at any time.
The employer or carrier may get information from the employee to send to the commission, but this is not the filing of the employee’s claim.
We handle cases on a contingency fee basis. We do not get paid a legal fee until you receive a settlement or award.
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