Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Serving Wheeling, WV
If you suffered a workplace injury, you know there are many things to worry about – such as filing your claim, getting your bills paid, getting medical treatment and prescriptions approved, and receiving wage replacement compensation and disability rating payments. Once you’ve received treatment, you may wonder how to get back to work and what to do if you receive a settlement offer.
At Schrader Companion Duff & Law, PLLC, we help injured workers with their claims throughout West Virginia, including New Cumberland, Weirton, Follansbee, Wellsburg, Wheeling, Moundsville, New Martinsville, Paden City, Sistersville, Morgantown, Fairmont and Clarksburg. Our firm has been part of the Wheeling community for over a century. We have a deep understanding of the local laws and culture. When you work with us, you will have an advocate who understands your needs and struggles.
Even Seemingly Minor Injuries Can Keep You Out Of Work
Some jobs are more dangerous than others and carry a certain amount of risk. However, it is possible to suffer an accident at almost any workplace. West Virginia workers’ compensation laws require that your injury occurred while acting in the scope of your employment.
Common work-related accidents include:
- Forklift accidents
- Repetitive stress injuries and muscle strains
- Crashes and falling objects
- Electrical and fire-related accidents
- Exposure to harmful or toxic substances
If you suffered an injury while performing your job duties, you may have a valid workers’ compensation claim allowing you to obtain compensation for lost wages and medical treatments.
Filing A Claim And Getting Back To Work
If you suffered a work-related injury, you are entitled to benefits payable by your employer’s insurance carrier, your employer or both. However, the compensation process can often be long and complicated. At Schrader Companion Duff & Law, PLLC, our workers’ compensation attorneys can assist in the legal aspects of obtaining your benefits, relieving some of the stress on you and allowing you to focus on rehabilitation and healing so you can return to work.
In West Virginia, you must file your workers’ compensation claim within six months of the date you received the injury. For occupational diseases or any injury that occurs over time, you have three years to file a claim from the date you discovered the illness or injury.
After suffering an injury, you must immediately inform your employer and seek medical attention. Your employer then has the responsibility of filing the paperwork with their insurer. However, if your employer fights your claim, we can step in and help you get the benefits you need to recover.
Once you receive medical treatment and start healing, you may consider returning to work. Your doctor or the company’s doctor will complete a return to work form if they believe your injuries have adequately healed.
Fighting For The Workers’ Compensation Benefits You Deserve
After suffering an injury at work, you may receive calls offering you a settlement. Before you accept anything, contact one of our workers’ compensation attorneys to discuss your case. To schedule a free consultation, call us at 304-553-0194 or complete our online contact form.