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.

A hotel worker sustained a torn rotator cuff when he was moving a large table through a door while setting up for a banquet. The employer and insurer denied the claim and alternatively, asserted that the worker should not be compensated for wage loss from his second, similar job. The matter was heard before the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission, and the insurer was ordered to pay wage loss based on the combined earnings from both jobs and to pay for medical treatment. The doctor recommended surgery, and the insurer declined to authorize the surgery. The matter was scheduled for another hearing, as a result of which the insurer was ordered to pay for the surgery, and sanctions were imposed on the insurer for unreasonable delay and denial of medical treatment.

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, the ful… Read More

Awards & Associations

Top 10 Workers Comp Award

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