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.

For Clients

Taking time to adequately prepare and compile important documents and information can help move your case towards recovery in the most efficient manner possible.  Please help Diane better serve you by filling out the Information Sheet and bringing the items listed below to your first appointment.

What to Bring to Your First Appointment:

  1. All Medical Documents
  2. All Pay Stubs for one year prior to the accident
  3. Documents from the Insurer
  4. Documents from the Workers’ Compensation Commission

 

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.

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
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
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
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
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
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

Representative Clients

A restaurant server was entering an order into a micro computer in the restaurant kitchen, when co-workers began pelting him with ice from behind as a joke.  The server turned around, and when he raised his arm to shield his face from incoming bits of ice, his shoulder dislocated.  Surgery was required.  The Deputy Commissioner who heard the case determined the server was the “innocent victim of horseplay,” and that the claim was compensable.  However, on appeal,… Read More

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