I was injured at work the other night and the doctor told me to be off three days. How long do you have to be off work before you get paid for lost wages? I thought it was seven days but some guys I work with are telling me it does'nt matter how many days you are off. The employer still has to pay for lost wages. Can someone tell we what is correct about that please. Thank you. By the way I live in Virginia and work for a company in Virginia. I was working in West Virginia when the accident happened.