Workers Compensation: Decoding the Claims Process

Understanding Workers’ Compensation: A Look Into the Claims Process

At the Law Office of B. Patrick Agnew PLLC, we know that workers’ compensation claims can seem complex and intimidating. Our goal, led by the highly experienced personal injury attorney B. Patrick Agnew, is to help you navigate this difficult process, providing you with all the necessary information you need to protect your rights.

This article serves as a comprehensive guide, shedding light on the workers’ compensation claims process. While as a law firm based in Virginia, we focus on rules applicable to our state, note that some aspects of the claims process are fairly universal and may apply in different jurisdictions as well.

The Foundation of Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ compensation is an insurance program mandated by the state, designed to provide benefits to employees who become ill or injured on the job. These benefits may include medical treatment, disability payments, lost wage replacement, and more. They’re intended to cover the costs associated with workplace injuries and to protect workers from financial hardships that might otherwise result from these incidents.

Commencing the Workers’ Compensation Claim Process

Filing a workers’ compensation claim commences with reporting the incident to your employer. It’s very important to do so promptly, as delays could complicate the claims process or potentially even result in a claim denial. After reporting the incident, employees typically need to fill out a specific claim form, which should be provided by the employer. Once the form has been completed and returned, the employer should then submit it to their insurance company.

Necessary Medical Treatment

During the claims process, it’s crucial that injured employees seek immediate and necessary medical attention. Either the employer or their insurance company should cover these treatment costs, a fact supported by Free Legal Answers. Be mindful, though, that in some cases, attending physicians may be chosen by the employer or their insurer.

Evaluation of the Workers’ Compensation Claim

Upon receipt of a claim, the insurance company will then evaluate it. They aim to verify if the claim is valid and if the injury or illness is indeed work-related. The involved parties may need to provide additional information during this evaluation process. Once the claim has been thoroughly evaluated and deemed valid, the insurer will then commence the payout of benefits.

Contingencies in the Workers’ Compensation Claim Process

While the process sounds straightforward, claim denials, disputes, or disagreements regarding benefit payment amounts are rather common occurrences. When you face such issues, it is typically helpful to seek the services of a proficient personal injury attorney well-versed in the intricacies of workers’ compensation.

Wrapping Up: Simplifying the Workers’ Compensation Process

At the Law Office of B. Patrick Agnew PLLC, we strive to make the workers’ compensation process as clear and accessible as possible. Armed with the right information and guidance, you can navigate the complex maze of workers’ compensation claims with confidence.

Remember, this article represents general guidance and may not capture the unique specificities of your situation. If you are based in Virginia and have concerns about your rights or the workers’ compensation process, do not hesitate to reach out to us for legal assistance.

Table of Contents

54 reviews on
Patrick McBride
Patrick McBride
July 21, 2023
I was recommended to Patrick by another lawyer, it was the best recommendation I have ever had. I was getting the run around by the workers comp insurance company for months. With in a week of retaining Patrick that changed immediately. He got answers and results that seemed impossible for me to. When you are dealing with Patrick it doesn’t take long to figure out he really does care about your wellbeing and getting you taken care of. You are not just a number to him. He always answers or calls you back, I called him several times late on a Friday left a message to call me Monday not Patrick he called me late Friday. You want find that anywhere. He is always there to answer any questions or concerns you have and happy to do so.He also has a great support staff Jennifer was always so pleasant and helpful. She stayed on top of weekly requirements and anything else I needed help with. Patrick went up against some tough opposition and worked relentlessly to get me a fair settlement. I came to Patrick at my wits end and in the end I feel like things could not have gone any better. Thank you Patrick and Jennifer for all you have done. If you need workers comp help you will not find any better.
Joyce Brooks
Joyce Brooks
June 23, 2023
I will personally recommend anybody to contact this law firm to work with you on any case that’s dealing with and your job. They are so understanding about what you going through and they check on you making sure you are doing well with your Sickness. When I say they take it personally o boy , they will even call on a Sunday. So I tell anyone call this law firm so they can handle all of your Workmancomp cases. I’m so truly satisfied and I really appreciate the law firm of Patrick Agnew. Thanks again guys y’all are the best!!
Brian Webster
Brian Webster
June 19, 2023
Great people doing great work here! Everyone in the office is friendly and professional. They're very good at their jobs and worked hard for me. I couldn't be happier with the service I received.
Steven Taylor
Steven Taylor
April 20, 2023
I couldn’t be any more pleased with my service from Patrick and his team. From start to finish they stuck through and made sure I was always taken care of. I would definitely recommend their legal services.
Ethan Long
Ethan Long
November 21, 2022
Mr Agnew and his team are very professional and very fast on addressing any issues that you may encounter. Would definitely recommend to anyone!
Wendy Pauley
Wendy Pauley
November 18, 2022
The warmth, care and concern of both Mr. Agnew and Jennifer put me at ease, and I knew my case was in good hands. Ongoing communication with Jennifer was excellent, timely, professional; and her work was thorough and detailed. I highly recommend this practice..... they go above and beyond for you!
David Thornton
David Thornton
October 31, 2022
I tried 3 times on my own to get the disability benefits that I deserved and was denied almost immediately each time. I was about to lose my home and fell into major depression and diagnosed having generalized anxiety disorder due to stress. I told myself to try 1 more time. I asked my attorney, who does not specialize in disability cases, who should I contact. He immediately told me to contact B. Patrick Agnew. The firm agreed to take my case. Their paralegal Jennifer Martin was a God send to me. It only took the firm 4 months to help get my benefits approved. If anyone needs a disability attorney, look no further. Make a call and you will not regret it!!!!!

Helpful Resources

Personal Injury

Virginia Accident and Injury Laws

Virginia Personal Injury Law