Charlottesville Virginia Workers’ Compensation Basics
Charlottesville Virginia Workers’ Compensation
When work injuries happen, your first priority should be to get the medical treatment you need to recover from your injuries. But, what happens if the insurance company denies your claim or refuses to give you a choice of doctors? These questions and others answered here in Charlottesville Virginia Workers’ Compensation Basics.
Most Important Steps After a Charlottesville Work Injury
The most important things you need to do after a Charlottesville work injury include:
- Report your injury to your supervisor or other person in charge
- Ask your employer for a list of doctors you can choose from
- File a Claim For Benefits form with the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission
What Benefits Am I Entitled To?
In Virginia, injured workers may be entitled to receive the following benefits:
- Medical care: your employer must pay for all reasonable and necessary medical costs
- Temporary Total Disability benefits: when your doctor tells you not to do any work temporarily.
- Temporary Partial Disability benefits: when your doctor tells you that you can return to work with certain physical restrictions
- Permanent Partial Disability benefits: when you have a permanent loss or loss of use to a body part
- Permanent Total Disability benefits: when you have a permanent loss of functional use of two body parts (such as both legs, feet, or hands) or when there is a severe and permanent brain injury
- Please Note: with Virginia workers’ compensation, you are usually not entitled to pain and suffering
Waiting Period and Average Weekly Wage (AWW)
There is a 7 calendar day waiting period for the wage benefits described above. Additionally, wage benefits are calculated based on the employee’s average weekly wage at the time of the work injury.
Virginia workers’ compensation average weekly wage is calculated in the following manner:
- Calculate all wages for 52 weeks before the job injury and divide by 52
- For temporary total disability benefit: multiply your AWW by 2/3 to determine your workers’ compensation benefit
Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA)
If you are receiving benefits for temporary total or permanent total disability, you may be entitled to receive a yearly cost of living increase. Usually, you must request this increase from the workers’ compensation insurance company.
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What to Look For in a Charlottesville Virginia Workers’ Compensation Lawyer?
Injured on the job? Is the insurance company giving you the run around?
Worried about paying your bills while you are recovering from your injury?
Not sure about what you might be entitled to in Virginia Workers’ Comp, such as whether you are entitled to pain and suffering?
Don’t know whether you are entitled to a settlement or how much that settlement should be?
If these questions describe your concerns, you may need a Charlottesville Virginia Workers’ Compensation lawyer to help you make the best decisions for your case.
When choosing a lawyer, you should look for someone who specializes in Virginia Workers’ Compensation cases. A lawyer who usually handles criminal or divorce cases, wills and other legal matters will likely not have the depth of experience needed to maximize your workers’ comp claim.
Our team of Virginia workers’ compensation attorneys at the Ritchie Law Firm has been successful in handling thousands of workers’ compensation claims over the past several decades. We have won substantial recoveries in Virginia workers’ compensation cases.
When you health and family are on the line, we go into BATTLE for you!
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There’s no fee to talk to us, and we’re paid only if we win your case.
What Our Clients Say
“The truck came across the center line and side-swiped my car. My wife and I were both injured in the accident. The Volvo was totaled. My wife needed surgery on her knee. I was suffering from post-traumatic stress as a result of the accident. It affected me far more seriously than I would have expected. I needed legal help and I went to the Ritchie Law Firm. This was a very difficult case because of complicated medical issues and the Ritchie Law Firm was able to handle the problem. They worked very hard for me. I was very satisfied with the outcome. They were a great help to my wife and I. If you’ve been injured, I recommend you call the Ritchie Law Firm.”
Scheduling Your Free Case Evaluation with a Charlottesville Virginia Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
When you schedule a free case evaluation with our team of accident attorneys, we’ll ask you to bring any documentation from your employer as well as any medical papers you have. We’ll go over all of the specifics about your work injury and witnesses.
You’ll have the opportunity to meet the legal assistant handling your case, and go over the process, timeline, and contact process for working together.
Still need a little more information? Download our Virginia Workers’ Compensation booklet for more
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Get in touch with us today so we can evaluate your Charlottesville Virginia workers’ compensation case. We’ll take a look at your case for free, and we handle most cases on a contingency fee basis, which means we’re only paid if we win. You’ve got enough to deal with, let us handle your injury claim.