West Virginia Workers’ Comp Attorneys
Compensation for Work-Related Injuries in WV
If you have suffered a work-related injury, you are strongly encouraged to contact a West Virginia workers' compensation attorney from Fitzsimmons Law Firm PLLC. With more than 40 years of combined experience and some of the most notable accomplishments in the legal field, the firm knows how to secure maximum compensation for clients.
When you enlist the Fitzsimmons Law Firm PLLC for your workplace accident claim, you are backed by an accomplished team that has been recognized for its legal excellence by numerous professional organizations.
Here are a few characteristics that distinguish the firm:
- Selected for inclusion in West Virginia's Super Lawyers®
- Selected to Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ list
- Top 40 Under 40 by The National Trial Lawyers
- AV Preeminent® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
Furthermore, the firm has obtained over half a billion dollars in verdicts and settlements, with 190 individual cases securing over $1 million dollars. Don't wait to get such proven support on your case! Call the firm today for counsel.
West Virginia Work Injury Lawyer
If you sustained a work-related injury or occupational illness, you will likely be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. Workers' compensation covers your medical care as well as a portion of your lost income over the short or long-term.
The following are common examples of work-related accidents:
West Virginia requires that most employers carry workers' compensation coverage, with the exception of certain employers such as churches, agricultural employers with five or less employees, employers of domestic servants, and employers with less than three employees who are working temporarily.
Workers' Compensation Benefits in West Virginia
If you have questions about what you can receive benefits for or how to do so, feel free to contact a West Virginia work injury lawyer from Fitzsimmons Law Firm PLLC. The first thing you will need to do in order to fight for compensation is file for workers' compensation. In doing so you may be able to receive compensation for all of the following:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation costs
- Lost wages
In the state of West Virginia, an employee is not allowed to pursue compensation for damages such as pain and suffering through workers' compensation. While some states do allows this type of action, state law in WV prohibits it.
What to Do After a Workplace Accident
After suffering from an injury at work you need to inform your employer of your injury right away. Then, receive the medical care that you need for your injuries. You have a limit to the amount of days you can let pass before filing a claim for your injuries. In West Virginia, you must file your injury claim within six months of the injury date or it may be barred.
After you inform your employer, it is their responsibility to submit the paperwork to the accurate insurance carrier. There are cases where this process is quick and easy and the employer submits your medical bills for payment, but oftentimes it is not that simple. If your employer tries to fight your right to benefits, a skilled West Virginia work injury lawyer from our firm may be able to help. We can help you collect the proper documentation and medical records to help your case.
When Should You Get a Lawyer for a Work Injury?
If you've experienced a work injury, knowing when to seek legal counsel is crucial to protect your rights and secure the compensation you deserve. While minor workplace accidents might not necessitate immediate legal action, there are several situations where consulting a lawyer becomes essential.
First and foremost, if your injury is severe and requires extensive medical treatment or long-term rehabilitation, legal representation can help ensure you receive adequate compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and potential future losses. Additionally, if your employer disputes your claim, denies benefits, or retaliates against you for filing a workers' compensation claim, it's advisable to consult an attorney.
Legal guidance is also vital if a third party, such as a contractor or manufacturer, played a role in your injury, potentially leading to a personal injury lawsuit in addition to workers' compensation. Ultimately, a seasoned workers' compensation attorney can assess your unique circumstances and provide the expertise needed to navigate the complex legal processes, protecting your interests and ensuring fair compensation for your work-related injury.
Holding Third Parties Accountable
While injured workers are entitled to workers' compensation benefits when they are injured in a work-related accident or suffer from an occupational disease, in some cases an injured worker can be eligible to obtain additional compensation in a third party claim. Defective equipment may be considered at fault for an injury, connecting the outside manufacturer.
If someone else is liable for the employee's injuries, the worker may be entitled to additional damages outside of their workers' compensation claim. Determining if this additional compensation is available will depend on the location of the accident, how it occurred, who was involved, and why it occurred.
Compensation may be obtained from other parties, such as:
- A subcontractor
- Another driver
- The property owner or a lessee
- A municipality
- A manufacturer
If you believe you may be able to recover compensation from third parties, you should act quickly to build your case and put forward a successful injury claim.
Schedule a consultation today!
If you were injured at work, it is wise to discuss the details of your case with a West Virginia workplace accident lawyer from the firm. In your initial consultation, a lawyer will review your case and determine if you are eligible for compensation from additional sources. Whatever your situation, the legal team is determined to explore every possibility in an effort to pursue fair compensation.
For effective legal representation, call the firm today!