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March 4, 2021

How to Settle a Virginia Workers Comp Dispute

A single mistake or distraction on the job can leave you hurt and suffering. Your workers comp benefits are supposed to protect you and compensate you when this happens, but you may not have much luck getting your compensation. 

Luckily, your lawyer at Pathfinder Injury Law can guide you through the steps to settle a Virginia workers comp dispute. If you were hurt on the job and you’ve been denied workers comp benefits or had a dispute with your claim, your workers comp lawyer can help you get answers and get compensated. 

Seek a Hearing About Your Dispute 

Your first option is to speak with the insurance company and your employer about your workers comp claim. Your lawyer can request more information about the reason for your denial, determining why you didn’t receive compensation. 

Once you know the reasons for your denial, you and your lawyer can focus on disputing those reasons. For example, your employer may claim you didn’t file your claim in time to receive compensation. In Virginia, you only have ten days to report your injuries and two years to file a claim. In this case, you and your lawyer may focus on proving you submitted your report on time. 

Take Your Claim to Court 

But mediation for you and your employer may not work in every case. While your workers comp lawyer can help you provide evidence that you are due benefits, the insurance company and your employer may continue to refuse your compensation. When they fail to compensate you, you may need to take your claim to court. 

When you’re hurt in a serious work accident, you don’t have to settle for less or move on after a refusal. You may instead request a formal hearing before the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission. There, your lawyer can represent you and present evidence that you’re due workers comp benefits. Once all evidence has been presented, the commissioner will determine whether you’re eligible for a settlement. 

Settle Your Dispute with a Workers Comp Lawyer 

After a work accident, you need workers comp benefits that meet your needs. But if your employer fails to compensate you, you may need help getting compensated for your work injuries. 

Your lawyer at Pathfinder Injury Law is here to help you negotiate the settlement you need. If the insurance company refuses to work with you, your lawyer can fight for your claim in the courtroom, guiding you to compensation when you’re hurt and suffering. To discuss your path to recovery, reach out for a free consultation by calling 804-505-0633 or by filling out the following online contact form. 

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