Filing a claim is the first step
When one has Injury on the Job, the claimant can protect himself or herself by filing a claim for benefits with the Commision.
Fill out Part A and Part B on the claim form
The Commission form has Part A and Part B. It is always necessary to ask for medical benefits for your injury and for lost wages for your accident. You ask for the latter on Part B of the form.
The two year statue of limitations
In the state of Virginia you have two (2) years from the date of your accident to file a claim with the Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission. If no claim is filed by that date and the claimant has no award, then the claim will probably be barred by the statute of limitations.
Filing an Accident Report with the Employer or Insurer is not the filing of a claim
Many claimants think filing an accident report with the employer or insurer is the "filing of a claim" but such is not the case. A "claim" must be filed with the Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission.
It is necessary to the extent possible to state the correct accident date, the correct employer, the correct injury, the correct body part injured, and the correct accident.
Choosing an expert workers' compensation lawyer.
If you have a serious injury, then you should contact an experienced workers' compensation lawyer. See the following links.