Your Workers’ Compensation Case in Virginia

 

Family, health, and finances. Three of the most important things in life. And all three are affected by your workers’ compensation case.

 

We understand how important your workers’ compensation case is to you. And we also understand how difficult it can be to navigate the complex Virginia workers’ compensation claims process – especially when you are hurt and the employer’s insurance carrier is doing everything it can to prevent you from obtaining the wage loss benefits and medical treatment you deserve.

 

We hope that the articles below provide you with the workers’ comp information you need. If you’re looking for additional information that isn’t answered here, please contact experienced Virginia workers’ compensation attorney Corey Pollard for help. You may call or text us at 804-251-1620, or complete the online consultation form to your right. We’ll call you back right away.

 

These articles discuss the specifics of workers’ compensation cases in Virginia. They explain Virginia workers’ comp laws, defenses, hearings, appeals, settlements, and other issues that may arise when you deal with a workers’ comp case in Virginia.

 

We believe it is important for every injured employee to understand Virginia workers’ compensation. But the easiest way to deal with the complicated system is to not have to deal with it. Hire top-rated attorney Corey Pollard. We’ll take care of your case for you – and fight back against the employer and insurance company. We’ll treat your workers’ comp┬ácase like it’s our own.

 

Articles Discussing Workers’ Compensation Cases in Virginia:

 

Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission

 

The Workers’ Compensation Commission is an executive agency that has jurisdiction over all claims brought under the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act. It’s important that you understand how the Commission works to give yourself the best chance of winning your workers’ compensation case.

 

4 Types of Workers’ Compensation Claims

 

Every workers’ compensation case is different – different occupations, different wages, different accidents, different injuries, different restrictions, different employers and insurers, and different rates of recovery, to name a few factors. But most workers’ comp cases fall within one of these categories. Knowing the type of workers’ comp case you have can help your attorney come up with a strategy to maximize your benefits and workers’ compensation settlement.

 

Workers’ Compensation Deadlines

 

Before the Commission decides the merits of your workers’ compensation case, you must first satisfy all applicable deadlines. The same is true for employers and insurers trying to prevent you from getting the compensation you deserve. This article explains the applicable deadlines in every workers’ comp case.

 

Parties to a Workers’ Comp Claim

 

There are at least four parties to every workers’ compensation case. Read this article to learn more about those parties and their rights and responsibilities under the Workers’ Compensation Act.

 

Award Agreements

 

Sometimes the employer and its insurance carrier will accept responsibility for all or part of your claim without litigation. If so, then they should send you an award agreement form. We explain what to look for before signing an Award Agreement form.

 

Settlement vs. Stipulation

 

Some workers’ compensation claims can resolve through stipulation, which is a negotiated resolution for part of a workers’ compensation case. We explain the difference between a workers’ compensation settlement and a workers’ compensation stipulation.

 

Workers’ Compensation Hearings

 

When the parties to a workers’ comp case are unable to resolve the issues, then they will present the case at a workers’ comp hearing before a deputy commissioner.

 

Workers’ Compensation Defenses

 

We explain some of the common workers’ compensation defenses raised by employers and insurance companies to prevent you from getting the benefits you need and deserve.

 

Willful Misconduct Defense

 

Special procedural rules apply to the willful misconduct defense. We explain what the employer and insurer must do if they intend on raising this defense.

 

Looking for Work While on Light Duty

 

If you’ve been released to light duty work and are not under an open award for wage loss benefits, you must conduct a job search.

 

Workers’ Compensation Appeals

 

Both the injured worker and the employer/insurer have the right to appeal an unfavorable decision from the Workers’ Compensation Commission. We explain how.

 

Light Duty

 

Being released to light duty work is an important point in your workers’ comp case. We explain what you can expect.

 

Vocational Rehabilitation

 

Vocational rehabilitation has two goals: to get you back to work and to reduce the employer’s financial exposure. Vocational rehabilitation is full of traps for workers. Learn what to look out for.

 

Can My Employer Force Me Back to Work?

 

It’s common for employers and insurers to try to force injured workers back to work before we’re ready. We explain the scenarios where you may have to accept a job offer from the employer or risk losing benefits, and the scenarios where it’s ok to turn down the job offer.

 

Employer’s Application for Hearing

 

The employer and its insurance carrier may try to stop your benefits at certain points during your workers’ compensation case. We explain how to fight back.

 

Expedited Hearing Request

 

If you suffer wage loss or the employer cuts off your benefits after you’ve proven that you suffered a compensable injury, then you can ask the Commission for a quicker hearing date.

 

Closing Out Your Workers’ Compensation Case

 

A favorite tactic of insurers is to tell an injured worker that his or her case is closed – even when it isn’t. We explain how to close your workers’ compensation case while getting all the benefits you’re owed.