Workers Compensation Lawyer Wytheville, VA
Workplace Injuries That May Not Qualify for Workers Compensation Benefits
If you were hurt at work, you might be wondering if you qualify for workers compensation benefits. Perhaps you asked at work, but received conflicting information or do not feel confident about the answers you received. At The Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt, we have helped many injured workers in Wytheville, VA receive the benefits they deserve. If you sustained a serious injury at work, you may benefit from working with a knowledgeable workers compensation lawyer. Call us to request a free consultation.
Filing a Workers Compensation Claim
If you were injured at work, you may or may not have already filed a workers compensation claim to receive benefits. Being unsure of whether or not you might qualify for benefits, perhaps you have hesitated to file a claim. Understand that there is a deadline by which you must file a claim after sustaining an injury at work. If you file after that deadline, your claim will likely be denied. If your injury required or requires substantial medical treatment and you have not yet filed a claim, call our office and speak with one of our attorneys without delay.
Rejection of Workers Compensation Benefits
If you filed a workers compensation claim and received a denial on the basis of your injury, it might have been for one or more of the following reasons:
- Minor injury. If your injury is considered minor or inconsequential, the workers compensation insurance carrier (or your employer) may have rejected your claim. For example, if you sustained a paper cut, a minor bruise, or a cold because of the air conditioning, they may determine that it is not sufficient to qualify for benefits. As a general rule of thumb, if you do not need stitches, surgery, medications, and can work, then you do not qualify for benefits. There are always exceptions, so if you feel the denial was not justified, contact our law office and a workers compensation lawyer can review your circumstances.
- Pre-existing condition. If the insurance carrier or your employer determines that your injury was not caused at work, and that it’s an old injury, they will likely deny your benefits claim. Sometimes, a worker may indeed have a pre-existing condition, but their condition is aggravated at work which necessitates them to once again get medical attention though they may not have needed any in the recent past. In these scenarios, you may be deserving of partial benefits even though you received a denial. If this describes your situation, call a workers compensation lawyer at our office to see if we may be of assistance.
- Third-party responsibility. If your injury is directly attributable to a third-party rather than a coworker or your employer, then you might not qualify for workers compensation benefits. However, you may have grounds to file a personal injury claim against that third party. The laws surrounding this type of legal action can be complicated, particularly in instances involving workplace injuries. Call us to speak with a workers compensation lawyer in Wytheville, VA who can provide you guidance after a free consultation. If you are eligible to file a claim against the third party, we may be able to help you.
Protect Your Rights — Call The Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt
If you were seriously hurt at work, you may be eligible for compensation even if your workers compensation claim was denied. Call us today to find out more or to schedule a free consultation with a workers compensation lawyer Wytheville, VA residents trust.