If you are hurt while working, be sure to immediately report your accident to your employer.
When you report the accident please be sure to tell your employer the exact activity you were performing at the time you got hurt.
Please also be sure to tell your employer the exact parts of your body you hurt while you were performing the work-related activity.
Also, when you report your accident, be sure to tell your employer how the activity you were performing was part of your job duties.
And remember, repetitive injuries are not considered valid workers compensation injuries in Virginia.
There are exceptions to this rule for some diseases, however, the exceptions are very few!
You should also ask your employer for a panel of doctors to see for your injuries.
If your employer does not provide you with a panel of physicians than you may go to a doctor of your choice.
Whether you are presented with a panel of physicians or choosing a doctor on your own, you should seek immediate medical treatment for your injuries.
If you are contacted by an insurance company you should not give a recorded statement until you have spoken to an attorney for guidance.
If you inadvertently say the wrong thing in a recorded statement it could cause you to lose your entitlement to workers compensation benefits.
If you are injured on the job, please feel free to contact our offices.
I am Julie Heiden, Virginia injury attorney at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP.