Petersburg Legal Information
Petersburg falls within the 11th Judicial Circuit of Virginia. This means that a personal injury or wrongful death case that occurs within the area would likely go through one of five circuit courts located in the Circuit, including the Petersburg Circuit Court located in the city’s downtown area. The other Circuit Courts are located in Amelia, Dinwiddie, Nottoway and Powhatan. If you are seeking workers’ compensation benefits, your case may go to a hearing at a nearby Virginia Workers’ Compensation regional office. A local Social Security Administration field office, on the other hand, would process your claim for federal disability benefits. If you live in Petersburg, the local office would be located on Poplar Drive, while an appeal hearing could be held at the Richmond Office of Disability Adjudication and Review.
How We Can Help with Your Petersburg Disability Claim
The Petersburg disability benefits lawyers of Marks & Harrison understand how difficult it can be when an injury or illness prevents you from being able to work. We can meet with you in Petersburg today to discuss your right to seek benefits that can help you to get through this difficult time. You may be eligible to receive Virginia workers’ compensation benefits, Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits or both. We can review all of your options. Simply contact us today to discuss your case in a free consultation. If you suffered a job-related injury in an accident at the workplace or at another site while acting in the course and scope of your employment, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. You can also pursue these benefits if you suffer from a work-related disease or a repetitive motion injury. Workers’ compensation benefits can cover all of your medical expenses arising from your injury or illness. You may also be eligible to receive benefits that cover two-thirds of your average weekly wages or two-thirds of the difference between what you earn now in a lighter-duty job and what you earned before your disability arose. Additionally, vocational rehabilitation benefits may be available to you. You should contact our Petersburg workers’ compensation lawyers if you need assistance with filing a claim with the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission or if your employer (or its workers’ compensation insurer):
- Delays taking action
- Denies your claim for medical and/or lost wage benefits
- Refuses to allow you to change doctors in order to get needed treatment
- Takes an adverse action (such as firing you) simply because you filed a claim.
We can represent you through all stages of the workers’ compensation claims process, including hearings and further appeals. Talk with us about your case today. You may also be eligible to collect SSD benefits, which are provided by the federal government. These benefits are available to individuals who meet the Social Security Administration’s definition of a disability. In other words, you must be able to show:
- You cannot engage in any “substantial gainful activity” due to
- A medically determinable physical or mental impairment which is
- Expected to result in death, or
- Has lasted or is expected to last for a continuous period of at least 12 months.
If your SSD benefits claim is approved, you can receive monthly benefits payments that are primarily based on your past earnings. You may also be eligible to receive backpay, or past due benefits, in a lump sum payment. Unfortunately, many people run into problems when seeking SSD benefits. You should get help from our Petersburg Social Security Disability attorneys if you need assistance with:
- Getting information from your doctor in order to complete your application
- Requesting a new review from Virginia Disability Determination Services if your claim is initially denied
- Going to a hearing before an administrative law judge at the nearest ODAR office
- Pursuing further appeals, including seeking review from the Appeals Council in Falls Church or filing a lawsuit in the nearest U.S. District Court
- Seeking disability benefits for eligible family members.
If you are not eligible for SSD benefits based on your work record, we can assist you with filing a claim for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. In many cases, our attorneys help clients in Petersburg with pursuing SSD benefits and a workers’ compensation claim at the same time. We will not charge a fee unless and until you are able to obtain the benefits you deserve.
Our Experienced Petersburg Accident Attorneys Will Fight for Your Compensation
Our Petersburg accident lawyers at Marks & Harrison know how frustrating it is to be involved in a crash due to no fault of your own. Our goal is to seek the compensation you deserve for your medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering and other damages. We will focus on your case while you focus on getting better. Unfortunately, car accidents are all too common in Petersburg. This is primarily due to heavy traffic on interstate routes such as I-85 and I-95, highways such as U.S. 1, U.S. 301 and U.S. 460 and city streets such as Rives Road. According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, during one recent year, there were 669 crashes within the Petersburg city limits, including 49 that were related to alcohol use. If you have been in a car accident in Petersburg, you should make sure get medical attention as soon as possible. If you have not already done so, see your family doctor or visit the emergency room at a nearby hospital such as:
- Southside Regional Medical Center 200 Medical Park Boulevard Petersburg, VA 23805 (804) 765-5000
Going to the doctor will protect your health. After all, you may have suffered a serious head or brain injury, soft tissue injury, spinal injury or internal organ damage that is not immediately apparent to you. You need to get checked. It also will provide evidence that your injuries directly resulted from the crash. Additionally, you should request a copy of the police accident report. This report will help Marks & Harrison to review what happened in your case. To request a report, you can contact the local law enforcement agency that responded to the crash. For instance, you can reach the Petersburg Police Department at:
- Petersburg Police Department 37 East Tabb Street Petersburg, VA 23803 (804) 732-4222.
You should allow between three to five business days for the report to be ready, according to the department. Additionally, you can get a copy by going through the Virginia DMV website. At Marks & Harrison, we can assist clients who have been injured in a wide range of car, truck and motorcycle accidents, including those that involve:
We can also assist if you were struck and injured by a negligent motorist while walking or biking in Petersburg. At Marks & Harrison, we take pride in being able to launch immediate, comprehensive investigations of motor vehicle accidents as well as in our ability to work with knowledgeable experts in accident reconstruction and other areas. We will work hard to prepare your case and seek a settlement with the insurance company that fully and fairly compensates you for all of your losses. While we can recover damages for most of our clients through a settlement, we will be ready to take your case to trial if necessary. We are highly skilled trial lawyers. You will pay no costs or attorney fees unless we recover a settlement or verdict in your favor. Don’t wait to get help. Reach us today for a free consultation.