What Happens When You File a Workers’ Comp Claim?


After a serious work accident, you may have immediately reported your accident to your employer. They need to know about injuries that happen at work, and they’re responsible for your Workers’ Comp benefits.

But once you file a Workers’ Comp claim, what happens? If you’re worried about the next steps in your Workers’ Comp process, a workers comp lawyer from Pathfinder Injury Law is here to help. Here’s what you can expect when you’re hurt in a work accident. 

Your Insurer Will Review the Claim

When you file a Workers’ Comp claim within thirty days, your employer must then notify the insurance company of your injuries. Once this happens, the insurance company is then responsible for assessing your claim. 

This review is meant to determine whether you were seriously injured, whether your injuries happened on the job, and what funds you’re due for the injuries you suffered. 

Once the insurance company has reviewed your claim, you’ll then receive a notice about whether your claim was approved or denied. 

You May Be Approved or Denied

If you receive approval for your Workers’ Comp claim, your benefits should cover the costs of your injuries and recovery, as well as wage replacement for the time you’re unable to work. 

But you’re not out of options just because you were denied. Denials can happen for a number of reasons. Once you determine why your claim was denied with a Workers’ Comp lawyer, you can begin to appeal your claim

Below are some of the reasons a Workers’ Comp claim may be denied: 

  • Not enough medical evidence of an injury
  • No evidence that injuries happened at work
  • You didn’t file on time

You Have a Chance to Appeal

Once you’ve determined why your Workers’ Comp claim may have been denied, you and your lawyer can then seek out a hearing to appeal your claim. Your appeal will be overseen by the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission, and your lawyer can represent you during the proceedings. 

Your appeal is a chance to present new evidence and details for your claim. Because of this, it’s important to be prepared for your hearing with the evidence you need for your appeal. Reach out to your lawyer for help gathering evidence before your hearing. 

Seek Help When Filing a Workers’ Comp Claim

If you’ve been hurt on the job, you may be eligible for Workers’ Comp benefits that cover the costs of your work-related injuries. But you may be worried about your next steps, once you’ve filed the claim. 

Your lawyer at Pathfinder Injury Law is here to help you recover when you’ve been hurt in a work accident. Your lawyer can give you the guidance you need when you’re hurt and need help filing your claim. Reach out for a free consultation by calling 804-505-0633 or by completing the online contact form below. 

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