Saturday, November 1, 2014

The Questionable Virginia Worker's Compensation Injury

An injury at work is not always obvious. Some real life examples:

You scratch yourself at work and shrug it off. IS THIS A WC INJURY AND SHOULD YOU REPORT IT?

You load a truck with boxes. On the 25th box you feel a pull in your back and continue working. IS THIS A WC INJURY AND SHOULD YOU REPORT IT?

You reach up and behind you and pull something off the wall for a customer and snap something in your shoulder and finish the work day. IS THIS A WC INJURY AND SHOULD YOU REPORT IT?

You have had a bad back for years. You lift a widget at work and you experience new back pain. IS THIS A WC INJURY AND SHOULD YOU REPORT IT?

You walk down the back steps at work and stumble and fall due to the poor lighting. IS THIS A WC INJURY AND SHOULD YOU REPORT IT?

Your fellow worker disagrees with a work assignment you gave him and starts a fight and hits you. IS THIS A WC INJURY AND SHOULD YOU REPORT IT?

You are rushing to work and slip on wet pavement before you arrive at work and fall. IS THIS A WC INJURY AND SHOULD YOU REPORT IT?

In summary, these are real life examples from cases I have had where the claimant was injured at work and did immediately report the injury. So, the insurer denied the claim and the claimant sought my representation. A clear immediate report to the employer and an immediate trip to a doctor may have spent immediate acceptance of the injury.

For more information: contact Jerry Lutkenhaus at (804) 358-4766 or (800)256-8862 or visit our website at Virginia Workers' Compensation Worker