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Under the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act, an employee who has been injured on the job does not have to prove that any one was specifically at fault in the accident, nor does he or she have to prove negligence of the employer. Although the law was designed to take the issue of work-related injuries out of the court system and to provide injured workers swift and sure relief for their injuries, unfortunately that is no longer the case.
Because the results obtained in specific cases depend on a variety of factors unique to each case, past case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in future cases undertaken by a lawyer or law firm.
The cost of insurance that employers are required to carry keeps going up, and that gives employers an economic interest in denying your claim. The experienced attorneys of Marks & Harrison will work with you and fight for your rights under the law.
At Marks & Harrison, our Virginia Workers’ Compensation attorneys provide our clients with the information needed to make an informed decision regarding Workers’ Compensation benefits and laws. An understanding of your legal rights can help you deal effectively with a job-related injury or death and the resulting financial issues. Once you have recognized that you need help with your Workers’ Compensation claim, the next step is selecting a Virginia Workers’ Compensation lawyer to help you through the process. Our level of experience is such that we have seen a great variety of situations relating to Workers’ Compensation and have helped many people receive the benefits to which they are entitled.
Workers’ Compensation is designed to protect workers and their dependents against the hardships from injury or death arising out of the work environment. There are many ways employees can be injured at work, including vehicle accidents, lifting, cutting or crushing trauma, and slips and falls. Occupational illnesses are usually the result of long-term exposure or repetitive motion injuries (carpal tunnel), toxic chemicals, heart attacks and exposure to toxic materials. Workers’ Compensation laws provide money and medical benefits to an employee who has an injury as a result of an accident, injury or occupational disease on the job.
If you have been injured on the job, you should:
In ordered to be covered under the terms of the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act, an accident must have occurred as follows:
Injuries incurring gradually or from repetitive stress or traumas are not covered. For example, if an employee lifts an object and feels a sudden pain causing him an injury, and he can identify that specific incident, the claim will be covered. However, if an employee lifts objects for weeks at a time and gradually develops back pain, that is not a specific injury at a specific time, and the injury would not be covered. An occupational disease will be covered if it is caused by the work and is not a disease of the back, neck, or spinal column.
The types of benefits available to claimants include payment for all medical treatment (prescriptions, supplies, equipment, hospital costs, doctors’ bills) and a portion of their weekly wages. Benefits for lost wages will vary depending on whether the injury is considered a temporary total disability or a permanent disability. Compensation is based on the employee’s average weekly wage (gross earnings before the accident or disease, usually during the preceding 52 weeks) and includes overtime and other benefits provided by the employer such as meals, uniform, car and housing allowances.
The Virginia Workers’ Compensation attorneys of Marks & Harrison strongly advise injured employees to consult a professional who understands the Virginia Workers’ Compensation laws that apply to their specific circumstances. When a worker is injured, the claim is filed with the workers’ compensation insurance company (or self-insuring employer) who pays medical and disability benefits according to a state-approved formula. A Virginia Workers’ Compensation lawyer qualified to interpret Workers’ Compensation laws will be able to provide legal guidance and assistance to ensure full recovery of all funds to which the injured worker is entitled. Your employer and its insurance company will always have an experienced attorney representing their interests. You will also be dealing with insurance adjusters who work for the insurance company and whose job it is to pay as little as possible.
Some of the issues associated with Workers’ Compensation claims include:
An attorney representing your interests will help you deal with these issues as well as many others, including returning to work and how your claim is impacted by pension benefits and unemployment compensation.
With Marks & Harrison, there is never a charge for an initial consultation, and you will pay no legal fees unless you hire us. Our team of lawyers and support staff strives to satisfactorily meet client objectives and goals by focusing on your case. Should you chose to have us represent you, we will do the following:
Contact us today by calling toll free at 1-800-283-2202. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also submit a Case Evaluation online.