Workers Compensation

The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act provides a legal framework to compensate injured workers for job-related injuries. It was designed to ensure that workers and their families are properly cared for and compensated following workplace injuries.

Diane McNamara

Phone: (703) 369-0100
Fax: (703) 369-0568

Attorney Diane McNamara provides quality legal representation to injured workers in Virginia and the surrounding Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.  Diane has been practicing law for over 25 years and has helped countless injured workers recover for their injuries.

Attorney McNamara attended George Mason University School of Law, graduating in 1988 with a Juris Doctor degree at age twenty-four.  She was admitted to the Virginia State Bar and commenced her legal career in a general practice firm, handling the firm’s workers’ compensation claims.  In 1992, Attorney McNamara established her own practice dedicated primarily to helping injured workers and their families.  During her first ten years of practice she also served as a court-appointed criminal defense attorney and guardian ad litem for children and incapacitated adults.

Many injured workers who should be getting medical care and lost wages are not being treated fairly.  Diane McNamara takes great pride in helping accident victims reestablish their former quality of life and ensuring that they receive medical treatment for their injuries.  As the legal process for obtaining workers’ compensation benefits becomes increasingly complex, Diane is eager to assist clients as they endeavor to recover.

She takes her role as an attorney seriously and actively promotes learning and development in her area of expertise.  Attorney McNamara has presented on the subject of Workers’ Compensation at continuing legal education seminars sponsored by the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.  She has successfully labored to shape the case law in Virginia to give the greatest possible advantage to the injured worker, assuring maximum recovery for injured workers and their families.

Education

  • George Mason University School of Law, J.D., 1988
  • Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, B.A. Economics and French, 1985

Professional Associations

  • Virginia State Bar
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Work Injury Law Group
  • Past President, Manassas Battlefield Kiwanis Club

Publications

  • Published professional article entitled "Preserving the Creator's Right of Authorship to Works Made for Hire," in The Entertainment and Sports Lawyer, a publication of the ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries Volume 7, Number 3, Spring/Summer 1989.
  • The importance of a case successfully appealed by Attorney McNamara is the subject of a professional article which concluded:

The Mottram case has important implications for civil litigation involving individuals with work-related PTSD, as it adds a new category of workers who are eligible for compensation. Besides providing benefits for treatment, the court’s ruling should reduce the need for the prolonged litigation that contributes to the depression and disillusionment of employees who develop PTSD, as well as encourage emergency workers with early symptoms to seek treatment.

“A New Development in PTSD and the Law: The Case of Fairfax County v. Mottram,” Journal of Traumatic Stress, Vol. 17, Issue 6, pp. 543-546, December 2004.

Representative Clients

A career firefighter was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder after 20 years of exposure to serious injuries and fatalities.  The claim was originally filed as an injury, but was rejected by the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission.  The claim was subsequently filed as an occupational disease claim.  For the first time, the Supreme Court of Virginia recognized the compensability of post traumatic stress disorder as an occupational disease. Read More

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