Virginia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Serving Injured Workers
Experienced Hampton Roads firm aims to secure benefits and compensation for on-the-job injuries
If you have been injured while on the job or when handling work-related matters, you need Hunter Law Firm by your side. Workers’ compensation laws in Virginia are extremely complicated. They require the proper completion of numerous forms and adherence to strict filing deadlines. Following your injury, you need experienced local lawyers who can get your benefits started as soon as possible.
With offices in Hampton, Gloucester, Newport News and Chesapeake, our skilled attorneys provide exceptional representation and service to the victims of job-related accidents and illnesses.
Benefits available under workers’ compensation coverage
When employers and their insurers are reluctant to provide the compensation you are entitled to in your time of need, we stake strong action to pursue secure payment for:
- Medical expenses — Workers’ compensation covers the costs of hospitals, doctors, medications, operations, procedures and therapy. You can also be reimbursed for transportation expenses required to get you to and from medical appointments.
- Disability pay — If you are fully unable to work, you can receive two-thirds of your average weekly salary, up to a maximum set annually by the state. As of July 1, 2021, the cap is set at $1,195 a week. This can be paid to the claimant temporarily while they recover from their injury, or permanently if full recovery is not possible.
- Vocational rehabilitation — This is offered only when the injury prevents the worker from returning to the pre-injury job and consists of training the worker in a different position with the current employer or in a completely new trade or business.
Workers’ compensation laws also provide benefits to the dependents of workers who are killed as a result of work-related accidents, injuries or illnesses.
Types of disability benefits provided under workers’ compensation
Disability benefits under workers’ compensation fall into the following four categories:
- Temporary total disability — When an employee is completely unable to work for at least seven days due to a job-related injury or illness, they are eligible to receive temporary total disability payments. These benefits last until the claimant can return to work or reaches maximum medical improvement.
- Temporary partial disability — A short-term workplace injury that restricts you from performing some job duties is classified as a temporary partial disability. The amount of wage replacement you receive is based on how much work your impairment causes you to miss.
- Permanent total disability — Claimants who cannot be employed because of a work-related catastrophic injury or another incurable ailment can seek permanent total disability benefits if their condition is unlikely to improve over time. These payments can last through retirement age.
- Permanent partial disability — A permanent impairment that restricts, but does not completely prevent, someone’s ability to do their job can make them eligible for permanent partial disability payments.
Employers and insurance companies might try to dispute whether your medical condition is serious or whether it occurred on the job, but we will gather the necessary facts and fight on your behalf.
We only get paid when you get paid
Our experienced, knowledgeable attorneys can help you navigate through the complicated requirements, strict rules and deadlines associated with the workers’ compensation insurance system. Usually, we are paid through a percentage of your cash award, so if you lose your claim, you do not owe us any legal fees.
If your self-filed claim was denied, call a proven Virginia lawyer today
If you filed your claim without an attorney and your claim was denied, you have the right to a hearing before a workers’ compensation judge and the right to appeal the denial. This is definitely the time to seek the advice and guidance of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. Call the Hunter Law Firm immediately at one of our four offices, or contact us online to make an appointment. You can meet with us in Hampton, Newport News, Chesapeake or Gloucester.