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Workers’ Compensation

We offer representation in Virginia Workers’ Compensation cases. If you have been injured in a work accident, or suffer from an occupational disease such as pneumoconiosis (“black lung”), or hearing loss, you may be entitled to medical care paid for by your employer and compensation paid to you for wage loss or for any permanent impairment.

Not all accidents that occur at work are covered under Virginia’s Workers’ Compensation laws, but if your accident is “compensable” you may be entitled to weekly wage loss compensation of up to two-thirds of your pre-injury average weekly wage. Higher paid workers may have their compensation limited by certain maximum compensation rates set periodically by the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission. With some exceptions for more serious injuries or occupational diseases, compensation is ordinarily limited to a maximum of 500 weeks.

The medical benefits you may be entitled to are provided for as long as necessary, potentially for your lifetime. The medical care must be limited to the injuries that are “causally related” to your accident or occupational disease. You will ordinarily be limited in your choice of a treating physician to a panel of physicians provided by your employer.

In cases where your employer disputes your entitlement to benefits, you have the right to have the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission conduct a hearing to determine your rights. We offer representation to injured workers in disputed claims and in hearings before the Commission’s regional hearing officers, known as Deputy Commissioners. We also offer representation on appeals to the Full Commission and, when necessary and appropriate, to the Virginia Court of Appeals and the Virginia Supreme Court.

We typically handle Workers’ Compensation cases on a “contingency fee” basis, meaning that you owe no lawyer fee at all unless and until your case has a successful outcome whether by virtue of a favorable decision by the Commission or by settlement. Also, any settlement must be approved by the Commission as in your best interest, and any lawyer fee must be approved by the Commission as a reasonable fee.

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