What are the Goals of a Workers’ Compensation Claim?
. A. File the claimWhen Northern Virginia workers’ compensation (WC) attorney Doug Landau first meets with an injured worker, he reviews the goals of a potential WC case. The goals of his Herndon firm, Abrams Landau, Ltd., are as follows:
. B. Perfect the claim – provide all necessary documentation
. C. Get an AWARD protecting the claim – an AWARD provides for the payment of WC benefits
Every action taken by the Abrams Landau workers’ compensation team is done to achieve precisely these goals.
Throughout the course of the case, the injured worker has two unshakeable goals:
. 1. To get well
. 2. To stay on good terms with his or her employer
We always tell injured clients that their health is more important than their file!
Obligation of the Employer
Employers and their WC insurance company are under a legal obligation to file the First Report of Injury (FROI) form within 30 days of the accident, or face a fine.
Legal Protection for Injured Workers
Injured workers sometimes worry that filing for WC benefits is making a claim against their employer. In fact, the claim is usually paid by the employer’s WC insurance company, not the employer itself. Furthermore, the filing of a claim should not create friction between the worker and his/her employer. If an employer takes punitive action against a worker who files a WC claim, Virginia law allows the employer to be sued for taking such action against an injured employee exercising his/her legal rights.
Abrams Landau, Ltd. Can Help
The Workers Compensation team and Abrams Landau, Ltd. has decades of experience with filing successful workers’ compensation claims on behalf of injured workers. If you or someone you know has been injured at work and there are questions as to what laws apply, email or call our office at once (703-796-9555).