Petersburg, VA asked in Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation and Insurance Bad Faith for Virginia

Q: How long do an insurer have before they have to respond to my claim, after they chose further Investigation.

They responded to the claim by checking further investigation. Now how long do they have after that, before they have to respond. Also any injury I obtain due to this amputation, such as losing my license and being held contempt of my Childsupport obligations. Can the Commissioner make the insurer pay for anything I lost due to injury if can be proven?

1 Lawyer Answer
Jan F Hoen
Jan F Hoen
  • Workers' Compensation Lawyer
  • Hampton, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: Once a claim for benefits has been filed with the Commission, a 20-day order is issued requiring the employer to accept or deny the claim. Perhaps you have not filed a claim form yet. Consequential damages are not benefits which can be awarded by the Commission; only statutory benefits for medical costs, wages, and permanent injury to a body part. Your amputation is eligible for a lump sum award and you should seek counsel to assist you with seeking an award or settlement.

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