The majority of workers’ compensation claims in Virginia lead to a lump sum settlement. However, you may not know how much to settle for with legal advice from a workers’ compensation lawyer. In fact, you may not even know what your work-related injury is worth. By working with one of the lawyers from Injured Workers Law Firm, you will increase the settlement value of your case. Your attorney will advise you to follow the following steps to maximize your settlement amount:
Report Your Work Injury to Your Employer
You need to do this as soon as possible. Waiting longer will make it more difficult to prove to your boss and the insurance company that you have a legitimate case. Also, make sure you report the injury in writing. Your employer should give you a workers’ comp form after you report the accident. Fill out this form and give it back to your employer who will then have to share it with the insurance company.
Get Medical Treatment Immediately After your Get Injured
Getting immediate medical treatment after the work-place accident will help you document your injuries effectively. Otherwise, you will only give the insurance company a reason to lower your settlement amount or deny your claim.
Understand Your Workers’ Comp Disability Rating
Usually, work injuries lead to a kind of lasting physical disability that can make it impossible for you to work for a certain period. You must learn about the different categories of disability, namely, temporary total disability, temporary partial disability, permanent partial disability, and permanent total disability. Your lawyer will help you understand each category and your doctor will assign you a disability score according to severity. If you belong to the permanently injured category, you may be eligible for lifetime wages to replace wage loss from your injury.