Virginia: Workers' Compensation Attorney

Workers' compensation provides employees who get injured on the job with insurance coverage to pay medical bills, to replace lost wages and to cover other costs associated with workplace injury and inability to work.

When an on-the-job injury results in a permanently disabling injury, workers' compensation can provide permanent total compensation. In cases of accidents resulting in death, workers' compensation can provide benefits to dependents.

The Dickerson & Smith Law Group provides employment law representation to private sector and government employees/civil service employees. Our attorneys protect the rights of workers in a broad span of employment law cases. To schedule an appointment with our Virginia Beach employment law lawyers, please call 757-828-0031 or 800-506-8133, or contact us online.

Workers' Compensation — The Process

Virginia workman's comp rules require that employees injured on the job notify their employers within 30 days of the incident causing the injury. Once your employer has filled out an accident report, it is sent to the employer's insurance company as well as to the Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission. The insurance company adjuster will review the report as well as associated medical reports. If there are no problems, the claim is accepted and payment for medical bills and partial compensation for salary begins.

Yet at any point in the process, a snag may develop that hinders your ability to collect benefits. In such instances, you need an able, experienced workers' compensation lawyer.

When Workers' Compensation Problems Arise

Problems can arise at almost every stage of the workers' compensation application process. The workers' compensation insurance company may deny the claim, saying your injury was not work-related. You may be told to return to work before you are fully recovered. You may need help negotiating with the nurse case manager or vocational rehabilitation specialist.

Certain types of injuries and accidents are more likely to cause the workers' compensation insurance company to raise red flags:

  • Accidents that occur off-premises or after regular working hours
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Arm and hand injuries
  • Injuries to the leg, foot or knee
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injuries

We collect evidence to support our clients' claims, and help coordinate communication with doctors, employers and workers' compensation insurance companies to make sure the benefits are enough to fully meet our clients' medical and vocational rehab needs. When necessary, we represent our clients at formal hearings before the Workers' Compensation Commission.

Thorough and Compassionate Legal Help With Workers' Compensation Claims

Although Virginia is a fairly conservative workers' compensation state, a high rate of success is obtainable in receiving compensation for my clients.

Hiring an experienced attorney to lead you through the workers' compensation process may be crucial to the success of your claim. If you have been injured on the job, contact the Dickerson & Smith Law Group today.

Initial consultations are always free. In almost all cases, I accept no attorneys' fees unless and until I win your case. All attorneys who handle workers' compensation cases must comply with the fee restrictions set by the Workers' Compensation Commission.