Workers’ compensation is designed to help injured workers get money when they can’t work and earn paychecks. Because it’s a no-fault system, which means that almost everyone who gets hurt on the job is eligible, you might think that it’s easy to get benefits. But in reality, it can be very difficult to get approved for workers’ compensation benefits.
The biggest reason for that is to cut down on fraud. Although most injured workers simply want to get better and return to the job, some people find the idea of getting paid not to work very appealing. They may exaggerate their injuries to stay out of work and receive benefits for a longer period of time, or they may even make up false injuries to get benefits in the first place.
Because of the potential for fraud with workers’ compensation, the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission is strict when reviewing and approving claims. Unfortunately, their strictness can mean that valid claims fall through the cracks and end up getting denied. Claims can be denied for many reasons, including lack of evidence, inconsistent statements, incomplete paperwork, and missing documents.
When you’re out of work, you don’t have time to submit your application only to find out that it has been denied. You need benefits right now. Having an experienced Virginia workers’ compensation lawyer on your side from day one can help you maximize your chances of getting approved and getting the benefits you need as quickly as possible.
Contact Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation. It’s our goal to help you get the benefits you’re owed after a work injury.