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.

Articles of Interest

The following articles of interest provide valuable insight into the risks and dangers associated with workplace injuries and problems frequently encountered in the pursuit of just compensation for such injuries.

Positional Risk v. Actual Risk Arising Out of Employment

In order to obtain workers’ compensation benefits in Virginia, an injured worker must prove that the injury “arose out of an actual risk” of employment.  It is not enough to show you were injured at work, i.e., “positional risk.”  You… Read More
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Chicago News Cooperative

A Thriving Industry Built on Low-Compensated Temp Workers Staffed by about 150,000 workers, the Chicago port industry is one of the area’s few booming blue-collar industries.  But unlike earlier blue collar jobs, which once promised a secure middl… Read More
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Salinas Chiropractor Arrested for Workers' Comp Fraud

Two plant managers and a “company doctor” were arrested during a factory investigation in Salinas, California, following a complaint that alleged that workers were being discouraged from filing workers’ compensation claims for injuries sust… Read More
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Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

March 25, 2011, marks the centennial of New York City’s infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. It is believed that a cutter lighting a cigarette carelessly tossed a match into a rag bin, igniting the fire. In 18 minutes, 145 garment workers… Read More
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A World of Hurt

Exams of Injured Workers Fuel Mutual Mistrust Independent medical examiners hired and paid for by insurance companies to “flush out workers who exaggerate injuries or get unnecessary care,” have recently called into question the neutrality of suc… Read More
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Dramatic Video Gives Rare Look At Death on the Job in America:

Man Who Died in a Clothes Dryer Highlights Shortcomings of Federal Safety Agency “The chilling video of a Tulsa, Oklahoma man being pulled to his death in an industrial clothes dryer provides a rare look at a hidden national tragedy: more Americans… Read More
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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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