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Are you a Virginia business owner with three or more part-time or full-time employees? If the answer is yes, Virginia law requires you to carry workers’ compensation insurance.
Your employees are entitled to receive benefits for workplace-related injuries and illnesses under Virginia workers’ compensation law as your employee did not cause an accident intentionally. Workers’ comp can help business owners if they experience an injury while on the job, and it provides important liability protection.
Virginia workers’ compensation insurance helps pay for expenses related to job-related injuries, including:
Once you have a policy in place, you must post a notice where your employees will see it at your business that shows you have coverage.
Unlike healthcare insurance, you cannot share the costs of workers’ compensation insurance in Virginia with your employees or deduct the cost from their wages.
As a business owner, you are fully responsible for the insurance premium. If you purchase coverage with Next Insurance you have the option to pay monthly or annually.
There are typically more than 40,000 workers’ compensation claims in Virginia each year, According to the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission.
Having proper workers’ compensation insurance coverage protects your workers who suffer injuries on the job and protects your business from the impact of potential claims. Without coverage, you could be forced to pay for related expenses out of pocket.
In fact, even if you are a self-employed business owner with no employees but hire contractors to perform work for you, Virginia workers’ compensation requirements still apply. For example, if you are a general contractor and you hire a plumbing company as a subcontractor, you will have to maintain workers’ compensation insurance for the plumbing company’s employees that work on that job, even if the company already carries its own workers’ compensation insurance.
An injured worker can obtain coverage for acute injuries, like a broken leg or wrist, and for injuries that might worsen over time, such as a spinal injury due to repetitive movements on the job.
For example, if one of your employees suffers a major back injury while lifting heavy boxes, your policy can help pay for the employee’s medical bills and a portion of his or her lost wages if the employee is unable to return to work for an extended period of time.
When one of your employees is injured on the job, you have 10 days to report it to your insurance carrier and the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission.
There are three main types of workers’ compensation benefits in Virginia:
If an employee suffers a temporary disability as a result of a job-related accident, such as a broken leg after slipping on ice, workers’ compensation insurance can help pay for medical expenses and rehabilitation costs.
Lifetime medical benefits kick in for injuries that may have long-term or lifetime impacts. An example might be lung disease caused by long-term exposure to chemicals on a construction site. In this case, the insurance provider will pay for an impacted employee’s medical expenses now and into the future up to the policy limits.
An employee may be eligible for wage-loss replacement benefits if a workplace injury prevents him or her from:
For example, an employee who operates heavy equipment might file a wage-loss replacement claim due to a back injury that prevents her from performing her regular job.
When an employee files a wage-loss claim, the insurance company pays up to the policy limit for lost wages if the employee has to miss more than seven consecutive days of work.
If the employee qualifies for wage-loss compensation benefits, Virginia workers’ compensation rates allow her to receive 66% of her weekly pay up to a maximum of about $1,100 per week as long as the employee receives medical treatment.
When you purchase coverage with Next Insurance, we strive to make claims decisions within 48 hours so your employees have the financial safety net they need and you can get back to focusing on your business.
If an employee dies because of a job-related injury or illness, Virginia workers’ compensation covers up to $10,000 in burial expenses. Surviving dependents will also receive up to 66% of the employee’s average weekly wage.
Many factors affect the cost of workers’ comp coverage. Virginia rates vary based on the following:
If you have a business in an industry where work-related accidents are more common, such as commercial construction, you’ll likely pay more than a business owner working in retail sales or e-commerce, for example.
Next Insurance offers a painless and seamless option to quickly get the workers’ comp coverage you need.
After you provide basic information about your business and complete your online application, we’ll provide you with your coverage options. Select the policy that’s right for you, pay your premium and get immediate access to your certificate of insurance. The whole process only takes about 10 minutes.
We’re 100% dedicated to small businesses and the self-employed. If you have questions, our licensed U.S.-based insurance advisors are ready and waiting to help.
Workers’ compensation can help protect your business from expenses related to workplace injuries, but it’s not the only type of protection you need. Here are three other types of insurance you may want to consider:
General liability insurance is typically the first type of insurance business owners buy. It can help protect your business if someone accuses you of causing an injury to someone other than an employee or damaging property. If you are a contractor or own a cleaning business, you can add tools and equipment insurance to protect your gear.
Professional liability insurance covers you if a customer accuses you of making a mistake or professional negligence that adversely affects their business. This coverage is called errors and omissions insurance in some industries.
Commercial auto insurance is similar to your personal auto insurance. But instead of covering your personal vehicles, it covers vehicles used for your business.