Harrisonburg Worker’s Comp Attorneys
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We’re Here for You After You’ve Been Injured at Work
Getting injured at work or getting ill from exposure at your job can be a scary and uncertain time for anyone. But the medical bills and living expenses don’t pause for you as you go through the processes of filing workers’ compensation claims. That’s where an experienced attorney that you can trust comes in to help you navigate the process of your claim, get the best care for your injury, and get you and your family taken care of financially. Our personal injury attorneys have over 40 years of experience representing injured workers, and we ONLY represent workers.
Employers and insurance adjusters have to focus on their costs and bottom lines, not necessarily the best result for the employee. Don’t go into this situation alone when you can have an expert team fighting in your corner for your best interest. So if you have been injured at one of the many manufacturing and agricultural job site or any other job setting in the Shenandoah Valley call the Ritchie Law Firm right in Downtown Harrisonburg to get your free case evaluation.
Equip Yourself with the Right Information
What Injuries are Covered?
Injuries resulting from accidents on the job or illnesses that arise from prolonged exposure to harmful situations on the job. Injuries not normally covered in workers comp are ones developed over a long time of small tasks like bending over or sitting down. Serious injuries and any injuries affecting your arms, legs, neck, or back should always be discussed with a lawyer. Important! You must report your injury to a supervisor within 30 days of your accident or 60 days of your illness diagnosis.
Your Rights to Medical Care and Doctors
Your employer has the option to present you with a choice of NO LESS than 3 doctors, and if they don’t then you have the right to use your own doctor.
Filing Your Worker’s Compensation Claim
To be eligible for compensation you must file your claim no later than 2 years after the incident. You can file your claim online or by mail. Worker’s compensation benefits can cover your medical expenses from the injury/illness as well as your lost wages while you were unable to work.
Vocational rehabilitation in Virginia workers’ compensation is intended to help an injured worker. Vocational rehabilitation is supposed to help the injured worker get additional training and job placement assistance so the worker can re-enter the workforce.
Sometimes, though, vocational rehabilitation proves to be a complex process where the insurance company works very hard to frustrate the injured worker. An experienced Virginia workers’ compensation lawyer can help with the vocational rehabilitation process and help you make the best decision for your case.
Types of Virginia workers’ compensation Injuries We Handle:
What is workers’ compensation?
Workers’ compensation in Virginia is intended to replace income lost by a worker who is injured on the job or in the performance of the workers’ job. Workers’ comp helps to restore earning capacity (what the worker could have earned) and tries to return the worker to productive employment.
Who Is Covered by Virginia Workers’ Compensation?
If your employer regularly employs 3 or more full-time or part-time employees and if your injury (or occupational disease) arose “out of” and “in the course of” your employment, then you are covered by Virginia Workers’ Compensation.
What To Do If You Are Injured Or Contract An Occupational Disease On The Job?
Report your injury to your supervisor in writing then file a Claims Benefit Form.
What Injuries Does Virginia Workers' Compensation Cover?
Any injury (or occupational disease) that happens “out of and in the course of employment” is covered by the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act. It doesn’t matter who was at fault in the accident.
Covered injuries might include some of these injuries: broken bones, muscle strains, back and neck problems, loss of strength and/or flexibility, heart problems, and others.
Do I need money to hire your law firm?
Is it really necessary for me to talk to an attorney?
Claims adjusters work for insurance companies and must act in the insurance company’s interests. It’s that simple. If you have serious injuries there is too much at risk to go forward without professional help. The insurance companies have lawyers protecting their interests. You need the same protection. If the accident was the other driver’s fault, his or her insurance company will be responsible for your expenses, although you may need a lawyer to get everything you deserve.
Our Worker’s Compensation Attorneys
Roger’s family has always been heavily involved in the construction industry. Roger, himself, has spent time working on construction sites. He’s seen first-hand how work injuries can change a worker’s life in an instant. Having tried hundreds of workers’ compensation cases at the hearing level, Roger is highly experienced in the complex workers’ comp system.
Michael brings with extensive experience in personal injury cases. Mike helps the injured and disabled to successfully navigate their worker’s compensation claims as well as the social security disability systems. He regularly practices before the Virginia Worker’s Compensation Commission and the Social Security Administration.
Bob has handled a wide array of personal injury cases ranging from the simple to the complex. These have included serious injuries involving: automobile and tractor-trailer accidents, wrongful death, brain injuries, medical malpractice, insurance coverage disputes, social security disability, and workers’ compensation claims.
John has been serving injured workers since 1991. His experience encompasses not only helping injured workers get their medical bills paid but also helping them get their lost wage benefits. John’s trial experience is extensive and successful, with a portfolio of trials at both the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission and numerous Virginia circuit courts.
Throughout his career, Al has concentrated his practice on civil litigation and has acquired substantial jury trial experience in a wide variety of negligence cases. He currently focuses his practice exclusively on representing injured persons in the areas of personal injury and worker’s compensation, as well as Social Security disability matters.