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

An inventory specialist sustained a serious back injury requiring surgery.  She did not retain an attorney because the insurer paid wage loss and medical expenses associated with her claim.  She failed to file a claim for injury with the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission within two years of the accident.  The statute of limitations passed, and the insurance company refused to pay any further wage loss or medical expenses.  Even though the insurance company… Read More

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